PSU'S Outback history
Following are the Nittany Lions' results in their previous three trips to the Outback Bowl:
Wally Richardson threw four touchdown passes, including two to game MVP Bobby Engram, as the Nittany Lions crushed Terry Bowden's team in a driving rainstorm.
The Lions spotted Tim Couch and the Wildcats a 14-3 first-quarter lead before slamming the door and winning their eighth straight January bowl game. Joe Nastasi caught a 56-yard TD pass from Kevin Thompson, and Eric McCoo rushed for 105 yards.
Tony Hunt rushed for 156 yards, and Anthony Morelli passed for 197. The Lions didn't turn the ball over, and their defense made the game's biggest play as Tony Davis returned a fumble 88 yards for a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter.
PSU's last five bowls
Following are the Nittany Lions' results in their previous five bowl trips:
2010Capital OneLSUW, 19-17
Lions slogged their way past Tigers on a sloppy track that favored PSU. JoePa later joked he was glad the field was as treacherous as it was since it slowed down the speedy Tigers.
With Paterno in the press box because of a bad hip, Mark Sanchez and the Trojans rolled out to a 31-7 halftime lead and probably could have named their score. To its credit, State played tough in the second half. Sanchez threw for 413 yards.
2008AlamoTexas A&MW, 24-17
The Aggies bolted to a 14-0 lead but overcame the deficit as Daryll Clark came off the bench to inject a spark, rushing for 50 yards on six carries. Rodney Kinlaw added 143, and Evan Royster scored the game-winning TD.
See above entry
2006OrangeFlorida StateW, 26-23
In a matchup of JoePa and Bobby Bowden, the Lions survived in triple overtime and won on Kevin Kelly's 29-yard field goal. The victory capped an 11-1 season and enabled Penn State to finish No. 3 in the final polls. Michael Robinson threw for 253 yards, and Austin Scott, subbing for Hunt, rushed for 110.
- Compiled by Neil Rudel