Penn State heading to the Fiesta Bowl


The No. 9 Nittany Lions will take on 11th-ranked Washington in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix on December 30 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

"I'm thrilled for our football student-athletes, coaches and staff who have worked tirelessly for this opportunity and have earned back-to-back berths in a New Year's Six bowl", stated Sandy Barbour, Penn State director of Athletics. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT.

"Calls are coming in furiously", Fiesta Bowl executive director Mike Nealy said.

Iowa had beaten Penn State 12 straight times in Iowa City and on Saturday night it looked like the Hawkeyes were closing in on making it 13 as the Nittany Lions leaned on the ropes. Browning may not have put up the insane numbers this season that he did a year ago, but the reigning Pac-12 player of the year is still no slouch.

Washington: QB Jake Browning. He has scored 9 touchdowns with 51 receptions for 501 yards. Penn State lost by one point to Ohio State and 3 pts to Michigan State. They finished the season strong by blowing out cross-state rival, Washington State 41-14, and their high-powered offense could definitely be a problem for Penn State as well. Keep an eye on Dante Pettis, a threat to score on punt returns, receiving, just about any way imaginable.

No. 1 Penn State (4-0) squeaked by the Lehigh wrestling team (4-1) 23-19 in front of nearly 10,000 people at the PPL Center in Allentown.