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Penn State Fans Heading to Texas for Cotton Bowl

Newswatch 16’s own Jon Meyer has made it to the Lone Star State as preparations are underway for the Cotton Bowl. The Nittany Lions are set to take on the...

Newswatch 16's own Jon Meyer has made it to the Lone Star State as preparations are underway for the Cotton Bowl.

The Nittany Lions are set to take on the Memphis Tigers Saturday afternoon deep in the heart of Texas.

Jon and his photographer, Corey Burns, arrived in downtown Dallas around 4 p.m. on Thursday, and the first thing they heard was a "We Are, Penn State" chant from fans outside their hotel.

From the moment, they got to the airport Thursday morning back in Pennsylvania, they found Penn Staters on the move.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport was dotted with blue and white Thursday morning. There were six flights that left the airport before dawn, and many of them were carrying Nittany Lion fans on their journey to Texas.

Jon Meyer met bowl trip regulars, and those coming to a Penn State bowl game for the first time.

All of them brought their holiday cheer here to Dallas to cheer on the Nittany Lions against Memphis in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.

Their flight was a good one with friendly skies and a lot of friendly fans on board as they stopped first in Chicago then made the connection to Dallas.

Penn State hasn't been in the Cotton Bowl since 1975, and fans are ready to experience what that bowl and this city have to offer.

"Oh my god. I don't think we slept at all last night, it's just a dream come true," said Lynette VanFleet of Mountain Top.

"Oh, we're real fired up. It's our first bowl game ever. My wife and I talked about it a long time, finally getting around to it," added Joe Caffrey of Plains Township.

Jon Meyer and Jim Coles will have coverage from Dallas the rest of the week, including the half-hour special "Tangle in Texas" on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WNEP.