Emotional start at Beaver Stadium

Penn State and Nebraska players gather at midfield for a pregame prayer. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It was a powerful scene here before kickoff, as Penn State and Nebraska players and coaches, along with the dozens of former Nittany Lions players here, gathered at the 50-yard line to kneel together and pray.

Goosebumps. The crowd roared as the teams headed back to their sidelines after several minutes of prayer led by Nebraska assistant Ron Brown.

As far as the action early on, Penn State went three-and-out on its first offensive series, but that's probably not a function of emotion as much as it is the Nittany Lions' season-long struggles. Devon Still made a tremendous play to stop a Taylor Martinez run as Penn State got a stop on Nebraska's first series. The Huskers can't try to block him one-on-one today and succeed.