It's not just any season opener for these Penn State fans, many of them wearing number 43 in support of one of their own.

College football is back, and Nittany Lions fans are fired up for another season. 

Penn State faithful in Schuylkill County kicked off the season with a tailgate party outside the Elks Lodge. 

"The food is the most important, right? I think this is the closest we could get to State College, so we'll take it," said Ron Bane, Exalted Ruler of Frackville Elks.

It's not just any season opener for these Penn State fans in Schuylkill County, many of them wearing number 43 in support of one of their own.

It's all for hometown hero Tyler Elsdon, a 2020 North Schuylkill graduate making his first start at middle linebacker for Penn State.

His mom Nea Griffin joined the fans to watch the game on the inflatable screen under the stars. 

She and her husband couldn't make it to the Thursday night contest against Purdue, but she did check in with her quarterback-sacking son. 

"I asked him if he was nervous, and he said, 'mom, it's just like playing high school. It's just another game, and I have to do my job.' So, we're excited for him," Griffin said.