This is not what we’d call a traditional Bowl Game where the City and the Bowl Game try
to synergize the event into something special to attend. In essence this is a “… come enjoy
NYC and, oh by the way, we have a Bowl Game if your into that type of thing” sporting event.
There were no pep rallies, no tailgates, and no Fan Fest before the game. However, there were
many positives to factor in too.
When Joe Paterno’s son is the one who gives you free field level tickets
and you sit behind the PSU bench, that’s when you start including
“special” as part of the Bowl Game experience. This year’s game was sold
out in 36 hours due to the proximity of the BC and PSU campuses. Throw
in unseasonable warm weather at 40 degrees, play it in an iconic baseball
park, and then all of the sudden, taking a subway ride out to the Bronx
makes for a memorable afternoon.
The game itself was maybe one of our best and sure to go down as a
classic. Penn St overcomes a 21-7 3rd qtr deficit and kicks a 45 yd FG with
25 seconds to make it our first OT bowl game. BC scores first, but misses
the PAT which decides the game when PSU later scores. PSU’s QB
Christian Hackenberg is game MVP with 371 yards and 4 TD’s!