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Paul Petrino’s last visit to

Beaver Sta­dium also hap­pened to mark Joe Paterno’s last game as Penn State’s coach.

Petrino re­turns Satur­day with a new team but ex­pects a sim­i­lar scene.

“You no­tice how big it is, how many peo­ple are there,” the

Idaho coach said this week.

"And it’s packed. It was packed all three times I was there. It’s a re­ally cool at­mos­phere."

Petrino makes his fourth visit to Beaver Sta­dium on Satur­day, when he’ll bring the Van­dals for the first time. Idaho, where Petrino has coached the past six sea­sons, is the 158th dif­fer­ent op­po­nent in Penn State’s his­tory. Idaho also is the first Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion team Penn State has faced since 2011.

That year, Petrino was in his sec­ond sea­son as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Illi­nois. The Illini scored first and had a chance to force over­time, but their ty­ing field-goal at­tempt hit an up­right, and Penn State held on for a 10-7 vic­tory. It marked Paterno’s 409th, and fi­nal, win at Penn State.

Petrino re­mem­bers the snow, the sta­dium’s size and the fans (“Re­ally great peo­ple watch the games there," he said). But the coach had fonder mem­o­ries of 2010, when his of­fense scored 33 points in a 20-point rout of the Li­ons. Petrino, who was brother Bobby’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Louisville, re­turns to Penn State with a unique of­fen­sive sit­u­a­tion. The coach plans to play two quar­ter­backs: his son Ma­son, a se­nior who com­pleted 60 per­cent of his passes last year, and Colton Richard­son, a 6-4, 285-pound ju­nior who started one game last year and threw 5 touch­down passes.

The coach also had some ad­vice for his team.

“Let’s not go in there all star-struck,” Petrino said. “Let’s go in there to play a game.”

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