Penn State Bowl Games

A Complete History

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About the Book

With play-by-play coverage of every Nittany Lion bowl game, this book chronicles Penn State football’s vibrant history all the way back to the 1923 Rose Bowl. The team broke the color barrier at the Cotton Bowl in 1948, finished undefeated after back-to-back Orange Bowl victories in 1969 and 1970, and reigned over the college football world with national championships in the 1983 Sugar Bowl and 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

About the Author(s)

Tommy A. Phillips is a Penn State alumnus living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Tommy A. Phillips
Foreword by Tom Barr
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 309
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8526-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4350-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix
Foreword by Tom Barr  1
Preface  2
Introduction  3
1922 Season (6–3–1) 7
1923 Rose Bowl Game  8
1947 Season (9–0) 11
1948 Cotton Bowl Classic  12
1959 Season (8–2) 17
1959 Liberty Bowl  18
1960 Season (6–3) 20
1960 Liberty Bowl  21
1961 Season (7–3) 23
1961 Gator Bowl Classic  24
1962 Season (9–1) 26
1962 Gator Bowl Classic  27
1967 Season (8–2) 29
1967 Gator Bowl Classic  30
1968 Season (10–0) 32
1969 Orange Bowl Classic  33
1969 Season (10–0) 37
1970 Orange Bowl Classic  38
1971 Season (10–1) 41
1972 Cotton Bowl Classic  42
1972 Season (10–1) 44
1972 Sugar Bowl Classic  45
1973 Season (11–0) 46
1974 Orange Bowl Classic  47
1974 Season (9–2) 50
1975 Cotton Bowl Classic  51
1975 Season (9–2) 54
1975 Sugar Bowl Classic  55
1976 Season (7–4) 57
1976 Gator Bowl Classic  58
1977 Season (10–1) 60
1977 Fiesta Bowl  61
1978 Season (11–0) 65
1979 Sugar Bowl Classic  66
1979 Season (7–4) 69
1979 Liberty Bowl  70
1980 Season (9–2) 73
1980 Fiesta Bowl  74
1981 Season (9–2) 77
1982 Fiesta Bowl  78
1982 Season (10–1) 82
1983 Sugar Bowl Classic  84
1983 Season (7–4–1) 88
1983 Aloha Bowl  89
1985 Season (11–0) 92
1986 Orange Bowl Classic  93
1986 Season (11–0) 97
1987 Fiesta Bowl  99
1987 Season (8–3) 103
1988 Citrus Bowl  104
1989 Season (7–3–1) 107
1989 Holiday Bowl  108
1990 Season (9–2) 113
1990 Blockbuster Bowl  114
1991 Season (10–2) 118
1992 Fiesta Bowl  119
1992 Season (7–4) 122
1993 Blockbuster Bowl  124
1993 Season (9–2) 126
1994 Citrus Bowl  127
1994 Season (11–0) 130
1995 Rose Bowl  132
1995 Season (8–3) 136
1996 Outback Bowl  137
1996 Season (10–2) 140
1997 Fiesta Bowl  142
1997 Season (9–2) 147
1998 Citrus Bowl  148
1998 Season (8–3) 151
1999 Outback Bowl  152
1999 Season (9–3) 156
1999 Alamo Bowl  158
2002 Season (9–3) 161
2003 Capital One Bowl  162
2005 Season (10–1) 165
2006 Orange Bowl  167
2006 Season (8–4) 172
2007 Outback Bowl  174
2007 Season (8–4) 177
2007 Alamo Bowl  178
2008 Season (11–1) 181
2009 Rose Bowl  183
2009 Season (10–2) 186
2010 Capital One Bowl  187
2010 Season (7–5) 190
2011 Outback Bowl  191
2011 Season (9–3) 194
2012 TicketCity Bowl  195
2014 Season (6–6) 198
2014 Pinstripe Bowl  199
2015 Season (7–5) 202
2016 TaxSlayer Bowl  203
2016 Season (11–2) 206
2017 Rose Bowl  208
2017 Season (10–2) 213
2017 Fiesta Bowl  215
2018 Season (9–3) 218
2019 Citrus Bowl  219
2019 Season (10–2) 222
2019 Cotton Bowl Classic  224
Lists 228
Top 25 Teams  228
Top 15 Quarterbacks  233
Top 15 Running Backs  236
Top 10 Receivers  238
Top 10 Defensive Players  240
Top 10 Most Exciting Bowl Games  241
Conclusion  244
Appendix A  245
Appendix B  247
Appendix C  249
Appendix D  258
Appendix E  260
Appendix F  262
Appendix G  267
Chapter Notes  273
Bibliography  287
Index  289