ORLANDO - One minute, Jack Crawford was having a conversation with Penn State teammate D'Anton Lynn aboard the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Studios Orlando.

Then, in the blink of an eye, the roller coaster propelled its riders "like we were going into space or something," Crawford said.

Crawford, a sophomore defensive end from Longport, N.J., joined Lynn, a cornerback; tailback Stephfon Green; and tight end Mickey Shuler for two rides aboard the roller coaster as they and their Nittany Lions teammates enjoyed the final theme park day of their Capital One Bowl trip before Friday's game.

According to information from Universal Studios, the coaster at the start is launched through a 150-foot tunnel at the same G-force speed as an Air Force F-16 fighter jet. Passengers are upside down seven times during the ride.

Crawford, a graduate of St. Augustine Prep, said he never was on a roller coaster quite so fast when he was growing up in England.

"It was pretty intense," he said. "It really takes off. I've never been on one like this. Tears were starting to come out of my eyes. It was crazy."

Green, a sophomore, said he wasn't stopping with the Hulk.

"Our host said check out Spider-Man and Dueling Dragons and things like that," he said. "I want to get on every ride about three, four times. I probably won't leave until the park closes."

Contact staff writer Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or jjuliano@phillynews.com.