We all know we saw something special on Saturday night. The question now turns to—how special was it?
Fans are asking. Journalists are asking. And authors are asking. Like me.
My book Ring The Bell: The Twenty-two Greatest Penn State Football Victories of Our Lives tells the stories of the best games—home, away, and bowl—of Penn State’s past four decades. The chapters are set up chronologically, but at the end, I do my best to rank the twenty-two games.
What were my criteria? To name a few: the stakes of the game, the hype of the pre-game, the quality of the Nittany Lion team, the quality of our opponent, and the drama on the field.
Wait and See
It’s difficult to know exactly where this Penn State victory will land all time. What if Michigan ends up being a 7-5 team? What if Penn State loses its next six games by 1 point each? Or by 35 points each? That would change our opinion of Saturday’s four-overtime heart-stopper.
In retrospect, the 2002 N...