Fans continue to support Nittany Lions

Penn State has some of the most dedicated fans in the country. Here, the student section cheers during the white-out game against Northwestern on Oct. 6. (York Daily Record/Sunday News)

It was a season of turmoil for the Nittany Lions, marking the debut of head coach Bill O’Brien and the unprecedented sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. Through it all, fans continued to flock to Happy Valley on game days.

For the 22nd consecutive season, Penn State’s passionate fans ranked among the top five in the country in average home attendance. Beaver Stadium attendance averaged 96,730 during the 2012 season. The biggest draw (107,818) was the prime-time clash with Ohio State on Oct. 27.

Contributing to those numbers are Penn State’s student section — which, according to gopsusports.com, is 21,000 strong.

“I thought our crowds were fantastic,” O’Brien said during the season. “They were into the game, loud, and made it tough for the opposing offenses. We have the best student body in the nation, and our players feed off their energy.”

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