Well folks, the 2018 regular season has wrapped up. The Kentucky Wildcats await the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl, which should be an entertaining – if ultimately meaningless – end to the season.
The Lions hope to win of course, and move to double-digit wins on the season. 10 wins would mean they finish with double-digit wins in three straight seasons for the first time since the early 1980s, and would again proclaim to the world that Penn State is back.
A bowl game is also a good chance to say good bye to some of our favorite players. Trace McSorley will don the blue and white one last time, as his eligibility is up when the clock strikes all aughts on January 1st. Others, like Miles Sanders and Shareef Miller, may opt to leave early for the NFL draft.
And it is with this nostalgic outlook that MMQB asks – what was your favorite memory from this past season?
I thought about a few. I was there in the freezing rain when Penn State beat Pitt 51-6. The near-upset of Ohio State. The crushing loss to MSU. Miles Sanders showing that PSU can be RBU even without #26.
But for me, the most memorable moment was watching Trace McSorley be announced on Senior Day. Trace has been the heart and soul of this team for three seasons, and has set nearly every record possible. Undersized, not enough arm strength, not fast enough, no measurables.
And yet he just. keeps. winning.
Seeing him struggle this season – at least in part due to injury – has been tough, and the calls for Tommy Stevens to start grew ever louder. Then, against Maryland on Senior Day, in his last game at Beaver Stadium, McSorley looked like his old self. He delivered on passes, ran with authority, including possibly my favorite play of his this season – the pocket collapse, and he somehow shot right through the middle of the line, running it in from 20+ yards out for a touchdown.
Thanks, Trace, for everything you’ve done for us. You will not be soon forgotten.