22-20 over Purdue
One week after freshman cornerback Adam Taliaferro suffered a career-ending spinal injury at Ohio State, the emotional Nittany Lions rallied to beat #19 Purdue 22-20 in front of 96,023 in Beaver Stadium and an ABC television audience. In locker room interviews after the game, several players said they vowed to win this one for Adam.
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67-7 over Louisiana Tech
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs came to Beaver Stadium on September 9, 2000 and they scored first in front of 94,555 Blue & White faithful and an ESPN television crew. That was the last time they scored as Rashard Casey passed for five touchdowns and led the Nittany Lions to 67 straight points for Joe Paterno’s first win in the new Century.

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After three disappointing losses (by a combined 12 points) in November to end the 1999 Season, the #13 ranked Nittany Lions had something to prove as they headed to San Antonio and the Alamo Bowl for a December 28th date with 18th-ranked Texas A&M. The Lions were led by three consensus All-Americans — Courtney Brown, LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short. Kicker Travis Forney became Joe Paterno’s 21st First Team Academic All-American. 65,380 mostly Aggie fans and a national television audience on ESPN watched as LaVar Arrington, in his last game as a Nittany Lion, dominated the A&M offensive line and led the way to a 24-0 shut out. In the 2000 NFL draft, Courtney Brown was the first overall pick and LaVar Arrington was the second.


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ABC televised the 3:30 afternoon game from Champaign, Illinois on the day before Halloween. The Fighting Illini gave #2 ranked Penn State a scare before 50,014 in Memorial Stadium. Three interceptions kept the Nittany Lion offense at bay and midway through the third quarter, Travis Forney’s 44-yard field goal gave Penn State a precarious 10-7 lead. Rashard Casey came off the bench to lead the Lions to score the last 17 points, and the hard-fought 27-7 victory became the 9th win of the season.

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#2 ranked Penn State traveled to West Lafayette for a Conference showdown with #16 Purdue. The Boilermakers featured Drew Brees and one of the country’s most efficient passing attacks. Ross-Ade Stadium was packed with 68,355 hometown fans and ABC televised the 3:30PM game nationally. Brees lived up to his reputation and completed 31 of 48 passes for 379 yards. But LaVar Arrington sacked the quarterback, forced a fumble and picked it up for a score. Courtney Brown intercepted a pass and ran it in 25 yards for a pick six. And in the final minute, with Purdue at our 12-yard line, Penn State defended four consecutive passes to preserve the 31-25 victory.


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It was a milestone win for Coach Paterno as he tied the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg for third place among major college coaches. 18th ranked Ohio State was greeted by 97,007 Happy Valley fanatics, ABC’s national broadcast team, and the undefeated #2 ranked Nittany Lions. The high-powered Buckeyes came into the game averaging 28 points and nearly 400 yards per game. Linebacker U. held them to 143 total yards, 11 first downs, sacked the quarterback 8 times, forced 2 turnovers, and didn’t give up an offensive touchdown. In the meantime, Eric McCoo’s career high 211 rushing yards led the Lions to a dominating 23-10 victory.

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New York Times: Penn State Batters Buckeyes to Win

After a bye week, Penn State traveled to Iowa City to play in front of 66,398 rabid Hawkeye fans in Kinnick Stadium. The #2 ranked Lions were looking to go 6-0 on the season for the 11th time under Joe Paterno and the third time in the 1990s. The game, televised by ESPN, was never really in doubt as the Lions rushed for a season high 341 yards led by Eric McCoo’s 130 yards on 13 carries. Brandon Short and Larry Johnson each blocked punts and Penn State closed out the 4th quarter with a 98-yard scoring drive to cap a 31-7 victory.

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