Friday was a night to remember for Penn State.
Sunday will be a night the Nittany Lions will like to forget.
Two nights after Penn State honored its seven seniors with a 67-60 win over Northwestern, the Nittany Lions laid an egg in their final home game of the season against a Nebraska squad that came into the night 1-16 in the Big Ten and 0-8 on the road.
But Nebraska played like an NCAA tournament team in Happy Valley, putting up 93 points against the Big Ten’s top scoring defense and, as double-digit underdogs, cruising to a 93-70 win over a Penn State (12-14, 7-11) team that didn’t seem to do anything well.
Freshman phenom Bryce McGowans had 25 points to lead five Huskers who finished in double figures.
In the first half, Penn State’s top-ranked Big Ten scoring defense gave up 49 points, which was also the most Nebraska has scored in a half all season.
Nebraska almost matched that in the second half, scoring 44 points.
McGowans led the Huskers with 13 points in the first half. Alonzo Verge Jr. added 12 and Derrick Walker an even 10. Verge finished with 15 points and Walker stayed at 10.
For Penn State, Seth Lundy, Sam Sessoms and Jalen Pickett each had 12 points. Dallion Johnson added 11.
With two road games to end the regular season, Penn State has nowhere to go but up. The Nittany Lions have a considerably tougher opponent Thursday night when it takes on No. 15 Illinois in Champaign. Penn State will end its regular season at Rutgers March 6.