Blue and White Game


Katie Ache, Staff Writer

The Blue and White game is a classic Happy Valley tradition, where State College townies join together, in for the new warm weather, to watch Penn State play in their annual Blue Jersey verses White Jersey game.

The annual spring game is the last of fifteen organized practices for the football program during the spring semester and the first opportunity for Nittany Lion fans to see how the team is coming along. With admission to the stadium being free, Blue-White weekend is an excellent opportunity to introduce the brand and atmosphere of Penn State Football.

Sophomore Lizzy Biddle, an annual Blue and White game goer said, “It’s a fun game and I like sitting in the sun.”

The teams are divided up by skill level, this year with starting players and second string wearing blue, going up against the reserves in white. The game started at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, after an amazing intro video featuring clips of the team and a quick cameo from former coach Joe Paterno, which received high praise from attendees. Blue and white started with honorary captains, past Penn State players, Jesse James and Michael Robison, doing the coin flip.

Many students attended the game, and some got a better view than others. Junior Brandon Clark and sophomores Tommy Friberg and Keaton Ellis were invited by Penn State coaches to stand on the sidelines during the game. Another student,  sophomore Camryn Bendik, got to spend her first Blue and White Game in the club seats. “It was a fun game, and I had a good time with my friends, and sitting in the club seats was really fun.”

The game ended with a score of Blue shutting out the white team 26-0 with a great performance by all players, especially sophomore Juwan Johnson. Johnson was commended by coaches and other players before the game, and after he was named MVP of the game. The Blue and White game had a great turnout, and Happy Valley townies were pleased with how the team is looking for the upcoming season.