Nittany Lions Set To Face Washington In Fiesta Bowl

  • Nittany Lions Set To Face Washington In Fiesta Bowl

Nittany Lions Set To Face Washington In Fiesta Bowl

The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies in the 1983 Aloha Bowl, 13-10.

"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. That decision avoided three straight trips to the Fiesta for Ohio State and also a Penn State-USC rematch in the Fiesta. Washington, which had only one loss, edged Penn State, which had two.

Washington (10-2), which concluded its season more than a week ago with a decisive victory over Washington State in the Apple Cup, rose to No. 12 in the Associated Press college football rankings released Sunday. Washington checked in at No. 11.

2 in the AP Top 25, but lost to Ohio State 39-38 on October 28 and to Michigan State the following week. Its last appearance came on January 1, 1997, in a win over Texas. Penn State is Arizona bound for the Fiesta Bowl.

Penn State returns to the Fiesta Bowl for the first time since 1997, where it will face a team it hasn't played in 34 years.