That’s what Penn State meant to college football for decades.

“When I came , I wanted to bring Penn State back to w it was,” quarterback Trace McSorley said.

“In the 80s, 90s and early 2000s Penn State was one of those teams that when you saw Penn State on your college team’s schedule, you knew that was going to be a tough one.”

On Saturday evening, the Lions, now the No. 7 team in the country in the College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings, closed out a 10-win regular season and clinched the Big Ten East division and a berth in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis against No. 6 Wisconsin next week.

“For people to be talking about what Penn State is, I think that is awesome,” McSorley said.

Linebacker Brandon Bell added on to what Schwan said about how proud the former players are of the current team for sticking with the Lions, keeping the program together and bringing it back to the point w the country is talking about “What Penn State is.”

“Last four or five years, everyone talked about what Penn State was, got to get back to what Penn State was,” Bell said.

“Finally kind of talking about what Penn State is.”