"They came out, they played their heart out today," said Andrea Bradbury. "That's what Penn State is about to me."
Saturday was more than a football game to a lot of Penn State fans and alumni at Mad River in Manayunk.
"It was nice to see a break from the madness that's been going on," said Chris DeMarco.
In recent days, there was talk of cancelling the game, but the fans think this was an opportunity to come together as a student body and begin to rebuild.
From the moment of silence before the game, to the Penn State pride displayed throughout, many alums believed it important that the team take the field even without Joe Paterno.
"Win or lose it didn't matter. I think it was important for the student body to band together in this really hard week and recognize the victims for a change," said Kristin Ford.