Penn State fans pack Beaver Stadium

Posted: 5:05 PM EDT Sep 01, 2012   Updated: 6:36 PM EDT Sep 01, 2012
Penn State players before first game

Saturday marked a new day for Penn State football; the post JoePa era, as the team took the field for the first time with new head coach Bill O'Brien.

It was a new look for the Nittany Lions this year, as it was the first time players' names were printed on the back of their jerseys.

The team helmets had blue ribbons on the back to show support for victims of child sexual abuse.

Penn State fans were out in full-force, showing their support for the team.

"We are so excited to be a part of the Penn State Community, and even though we're freshmen, we're equally excited as anyone here right now," said Freshman Alanna Figurelli.

"I think we're entering a new ero in the sense of, I mean the Penn State pride will always be there, it has also been there in the past, it's never going to change," said senior Will Martin.

It was the first game at Penn State since the NCAA delivered some landmark sanctions against the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.  They include a ban on bowl games for four years.

Penn State lost Saturday's game against Ohio, 24-14.