Found April 14, 2012 on Nittany Lions Den:
To be the best you have to beat the best. This maxim has been plenty true for Penn State football. Their first national championship squad in 1982 beat No. 1 Georgia. Their second beat No. 1 Miami. Paterno’s teams had faced eight No. 1 teams when they traveled to South Bend, Indiana, in 1990. Victorious just three times in such matchups, Penn State had recently been victimized by Lou Holtz’s dynamo the past two seasons as they held the No. 1 ranking in the midst of a 23-game winning streak. Traveling to Notre Dame—which was ranked No. 1 yet again—didn’t seem like the way to break that trend. The offense fared well behind junior quarterback talent Tony Sacca, but the defense knew how to dictate a game. And if the Nittany Lions ever needed them to play above their ability, it would be against the otherworldly scoring machine Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and the stellar Notre Dame offensive assault. No one had stopped Ismail all season long, and the Heisman front-runner knew ...
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