Penn State's Big Win Comes With "Heavy" Price

By clobbering Michigan State Saturday, the Nittany Lions experienced the thrill of winning the Land Grant Trophy — and the agony of having to carry it off the field.

No. 7 Penn State's 45-12 win over Michigan State Saturday did more than clinch the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten East title and conference championship game appearance.

It also marked the first time since 2009 — a span of three games since the two did not play every year in the span— that PSU beat the Spartans and claimed the Land Grant Trophy, which has gone to the winning team in this series since the Lions joined the Big Ten in 1993. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1732404-scout-100...

Since none of the PSU players nor coaches were with the program the last time the LGT took up residence in Happy Valley, there was a fair amount of curiosity about what exactly it was. As Saturday's game reached it final moments, and a pair of PSU managers wheeled the trophy from the Spartan sideline to the Nittany Lions' bench area, it began to set it.

The trophy is big. It is heavy. And it is confusingly ugly — there are smaller statues here and there, wood paneling, brass plates.

So we decided to have some fun talking to the Nittany Lions about the trophy. And they picked up the proverbial ball and ran with it.

Which is much more than they could have done with the LGT itself. 

"It takes two people to carry it,” said 295-pound center Brian Gaia, one of the strongest men on the team.


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No. 7 Penn State's 45-12 win over Michigan State Saturday did more than clinch the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten East title and conference championship game appearance.

It also marked the first time since 2009 — a span of three games since the two did not play every year in the span— that PSU beat the Spartans and claimed the Land Grant Trophy, which has gone to the winning team in this series since the Lions joined the Big Ten in 1993. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1732404-scout-100...

Since none of the PSU players nor coaches were with the program the last time the LGT took up residence in Happy Valley, there was a fair amount of curiosity about what exactly it was. As Saturday's game reached it final moments, and a pair of PSU managers wheeled the trophy from the Spartan sideline to the Nittany Lions' bench area, it began to set it.

The trophy is big. It is heavy. And it is confusingly ugly — there are smaller statues here and there, wood paneling, brass plates.

So we decided to have some fun talking to the Nittany Lions about the trophy. And they picked up the proverbial ball and ran with it.

Which is much more than they could have done with the LGT itself.

\"It takes two people to carry it,” said 295-pound center Brian Gaia, one of the strongest men on the team.

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