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Penn State loses first game after child sexual abuse charges


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Capping the worst week in school history, No. 12 Penn State nearly overcame a 17-point deficit but was stopped short on a 4th-and-1 late in a 17-14 loss Saturday to No. 19 Nebraska.

   The outcome was secondary in Happy Valley.

   A tumultuous week that began with the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on shocking child sexual abuse charges ended Saturday with Penn State losing in its first game in 46 years without coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday.

Before the week was over, the college president was out of a job and so was legendary coach Joe Paterno.

   Today's game against Nebraska was the first game without Paterno since Lyndon B. Johnson was president.

   Just under 108,000 people packed Beaver Stadium, the largest crowd this year. Most of those in the stands wore blue, the color associated with child-abuse prevention.

   Many also expressed support for Paterno.

   The normally raucous atmosphere before the game was replaced by a moment of silence for the victims of the alleged abuse. Players from both teams knelt together at midfield.

   Sandusky, who retired in 1999, was Paterno's top defensive assistant for more than two decades and at one time was considered his heir apparent. He is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year span.

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