Penn State football earns coveted title of ... dance champions

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It may be the offseason, but Penn State football earned an important title Saturday evening.

Dance champions.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and nine other football underclassmen claimed the title during this weekend's pep rally, which took place during the 46-hour Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, an annual event that raises money and awareness to fight pediatric cancer. Most varsity teams -- men's and women's -- take turns performing a choreographed dance to raise the spirits of student participating in the event.

Penn State football's dance beat out the breakdancing acrobatics of men's gymnastics and the comedy of men's soccer to win the men's division. Although the fun, good-natured event wasn't without its "controversy."

One of the judges just so happened to be little Leah Still, the 5-year-old daughter of former Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. She also just so happened to vote for the football team, which edged out soccer by a 3-2 vote.

"Keep dancing!" Leah Still told the Thon dancers.

Football ended up squaring off against women's soccer in a dance-off to determine the ultimate champion. And, once again, the football team shined -- highlighted by Barkley, wideout Juwan Johnson and safety Jarvis Miller.

If Penn State has moves on the gridiron like it does on the dance floor, the Big Ten East Division could be interesting in 2016.