(ABC) Thousands of enraged Penn State students tore through the streets of State College, Pa., overnight to protest the firing of Joe Paterno after the longtime head football coach was removed from his position effective immediately.
Penn State's board of trustees dismissed the legendary coach despite his statement earlier in the day that he would retire at the end of the season.
The trustees also fired university president Graham Spanier Wednesday night. Both men were booted over their handling of a sex abuse scandal involving young boys and a former assistant football coach.
Amid chants of "We want JoePa," "One more game" and "F*** the media!," rioting students flipped over a television van, knocked a lamppost onto a car, threw toilet tissue and rocks at police and set off fireworks.
Police met the rioting crowds with tear gas as it became clear that the army of officers, who were out in riot gear, were far outnumbered by students. Every local police department in the county contributed officers to the effort to control the crowd, along with state police and the county sheriff's department.