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Police charge 11 people in Dec. riot after Penn State win

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 18, 2017 3:09 AM
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Penn State head coach James Franklin holds the trophy after Penn State won the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. Penn State won 38-31.

(State College) -- Police have charged 11 people with various offenses tied to a large disturbance that broke out in downtown State College after Penn State's football team won the Big Ten title last month.

Unruly fans caused thousands of dollars in damage during the December 3 riot, which immediately followed the Nittany Lions' come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin.

Police used pepper spray and mounted officers in riot gear to disperse the crowd.

Eight of the 11 charged are current students at Penn State. Police say they face possible expulsions from the school if they are convicted.

The most serious charge was for felony rioting. Those found guilty of a third-degree felony face up to seven years in prison.

Students also rioted in October to celebrate Penn State's upset win over rival Ohio State.

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