Immediately after the postgame alma mater, the Nittany Lions normally trot off the field, wave to fans, ring the victory bell and call it a day.
Saturday’s script was a bit different.
Penn State players and coaches unlocked their arms following their rendition of the alma mater and made their way over to south end zone Blue Band field-access stairs.
They crowded around former Penn State offensive lineman Chance Sorrell and his girlfriend, Kayla Lonergan. Sorrell, who retired from football last October and now serves as a student assistant performance enhancement coach, got on one knee and proposed.
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Lonergan said yes — and the reaction was priceless. The student section cheered and former teammates like Jon Holland and Irvin Charles jumped for joy while James Franklin looked on and smiled.
It was a coordinated proposal, and a successful one at that.