"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.
Penn State has never lost in six appearances in the Fiesta Bowl. Their last meeting was in the 1983 Aloha Bowl in Hawaii, where Penn State won 13-10.
Penn State: Seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, 48th bowl appearance in school history. That game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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Yet Allardyce showed during his ill-fated 67-day spell in charge of England past year that he thinks highly of Rooney. Earlier on in the season they tweeted a congratulations message to Arsenal after a 5-2 victory against the Toffees .
No. 9 Penn State (10-2) will play No. 11 Washington (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for 4 p.m. December 30. The Nittany Lions went 7-2 in the Big Ten, while the Huskies went 7-2 in Pac-12 play.
Fiesta Bowl tickets can be purchased here. Both teams finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. The only two losses of the year, against Stanford and Arizona State on the road. The Lions' last trip to the game came in the 1996 season, a 38-15 win over Texas.
At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers.