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After week of turmoil, it's gameday at Penn State

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Members of the Penn State football team, right, greet fans outside of Beaver Stadium prior to their game against Nebraska in State College, Pa., Nov. 12. Police boosted security with mounted officers and helicopters for Penn State University's final home football game on Saturday following the firing of its revered coach Joe Paterno amid a child sex abuse case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

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A fan sets up his Penn State flag before Penn State plays Nebraska at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 12, in State College, Pa. Head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. Penn State is playing their final home football game against Nebraska.

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A fan holds up a sign before Penn State players make their way into the stadium to play Nebraska in a college football game at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 12, 2011 in State College, Pa.

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Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley greets the student section during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in State College, Pa., Nov. 12.

 According to AP:

 "We are obviously in a very unprecedented situation," Bradley said Thursday. "I just have to find a way to restore the confidence and to start a healing process with everybody."

The scandal would be damaging enough to a university that prides itself on its integrity. That it involved Paterno, major college football's winningest coach and the man who'd come to symbolize all that was good at Penn State, made it that much worse.

Thousands of angry students paraded through the streets after Paterno was fired Wednesday night, some throwing rocks and bottles and tipping over a TV news van.

 

"Having (Paterno) taken away from us made us feel lost," Leah Blasko, a junior from Pittsburgh, said at the candle light vigil held Friday night as a show of support for the alleged victims. "Tonight really gave us a place to put ourselves back together."

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