Moments after dismantling Iowa, the Nittany Lions rushed to their Beaver Stadium locker room to celebrate.
Then redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antoine White had an idea. What better way to celebrate a blowout win than to take part in today’s biggest viral sensation on the Internet?
Yep, it was time for the Mannequin Challenge.
“He said he wanted to do it,” Penn State safety Marcus Allen said with a smile on Tuesday. “When we got in there, we just did it. So it was pretty fun.”
And it everyone, the players and fans alike, loved it.
The video, which shows everything from Nick Scott sitting atop a teammate’s shoulders to Jake Zembiec taking a selfie, is a single-shot recording through the Penn State locker room. With “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd (the unofficial anthem of the phenomenon) playing over the speakers, the players bust out in celebration toward the end after holding still like a mannequin in odd or accentuated poses.
Allen, who has more than 26,000 Twitter followers, posted the video to his profile, @Chico_Hendrix. As of press time, the video had over 9,000 retweets and 14,000 likes.
The video garnered a lot of attention — and Allen had a feeling it would.
“I expected it to blow up like how it did,” Allen said, “because anything we post up, I believe it’s going to blow up.”