Rioting Penn State fans forced to flee as police use pepper spray following Big Ten win
Thousands of excited fans were given a reason to rally Saturday night, thanks to Penn State's dramatic come-from-behind over Wisconsin to claim the Big Ten title.
Officials had asked students not to riot if the team won the Big Ten championship, posting a letter to the school's website on Thursday saying any arrests or damage to public property would "spoil the accomplishment" by the football team.
So when students began to amass, State College police labeled their actions an "unlawful disturbance" and warned then to leave or be subject to arrest.
That wasn't just an idle threat. PennLive reporter Elijah Hermitt was on hand filming the action, and captured a dramatic video of students fleeing as officers used pepper spray to break up the crowd:
According to State College police spokesman Lt. Bradley Smail, there were some arrests, and although a final count wasn't immediately available, he said no students were arraigned.
Riots after the Ohio State game led to 13 arrests, including five students who were charged with felonies for rioting. The crowd caused an estimated $30,000 in damages.
Smail said much like the October incident, the crowd caused significant damage to both public and private property. The Daily Collegian's Abbi Sales shared this photo of the former location of Canyon Pizza, whose front window was smashed during the victory riot:
She also captured a shot of the Beaver Hill bus stop, where students kicked and shattered the stop's glass, as well as road signs being torn down:
In another video, students can be seen removing and shattering a lamp post: