Nittany Lions victorious in 2007 Outback Bowl

November 28, 2006

Following are resources for Penn State's appearance in the Jan. 1, 2007, Outback Bowl against Tennessee, as well as other related resources:

Well done: Volunteers seared by Penn State in Outback Bowl
Monday, January 1, 2007

Penn State's starting defensive unit had only one change in the starting line-up all season. The continuity paid dividends. The Nittany Lions produced two shutouts in the same year for the first time since 1996. The unit -- led by the nation's top defensive player, Bednarik Award winner Paul Posluszny (Aliquippa, Pa.) -- allowed just 11 touchdowns over the final 11 games of the season. And in the season-ending Outback Bowl Monday (Jan. 1), defense broke the stalemate. Midway through the fourth quarter, with the game locked in a 10-10 tie, Tony Davis (Warren, Ohio) picked up an Arian Foster fumble forced by Sean Lee (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sprinted 88 yards for the game-winning touchdown. On Tennessee's ensuing possession, the defense forced a three-and-out and the offense salted away the game with a 10-play, 44 yard drive that chewed 5:46 of clock.

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Dispatch from the Outback Bowl: A fitting end
Monday, January 1, 2007

Tampa, Fla. -- It rained so frequently for Penn State home games during the 2006 season, what was coming at the Outback Bowl when the Lions were tabbed to wear their home blues should have come as no surprise. After a beautiful weekend here, fans awoke Monday to cloudy skies and light rain. Certainly not a disaster of a downpour, but a bit of a damper. Many fans were already on their way to Raymond James Stadium before 8 a.m. though, in spite of the clouds and the early hour -- made all that much tougher by the many New Year's Eve celebrations across Tampa on Sunday night. But fans were excited nonetheless for the Nittany Lions final game of the season against Tennessee.

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8,000 attend pep rally to cheer on the Nittany Lions
Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tampa, Fla. -- An enthusiastic crowd of approximately 8,000 Penn Staters cheered Coach Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions today (Dec. 31) on the eve of their Outback Bowl clash with No. 17 Tennessee at the team's pep rally. The huge throng at the Tampa Convention Center sent Paterno and his squad off the stage with a loud standing ovation. The Blue Band, cheerleaders and Nittany Lion all participated in the rally, which was sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and Intercollegiate Athletics. The Nittany Lions (8-4) and Volunteers (9-3) will be meeting in the The 21st Outback Bowl. The contest will kick off at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day. The battle in Raymond James Stadium, which has a capacity of 65,567, will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and ESPN.com.

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Dispatch from the Outback Bowl: A rally far from the Valley
Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tampa, Fla. -- Walking across Franklin Street in downtown Tampa Sunday (Dec. 31) afternoon, the palm trees swaying gently in a light breeze and the air hot and thick with humidity, it still felt like a fall Saturday in Happy Valley. Penn State fans gathered en masse at the Tampa Convention Center starting around 2 p.m. for a 3 p.m. pep rally hosted by the Penn State Alumni Association and Intercollegiate Athletics. Penn Staters of all ages sported their blue and white and spontaneously erupted into the familiar cheer of "We are … Penn State!" before they even entered the Convention Center.

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Dispatch from the Outback Bowl: A different kind of game
Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tampa, Fla. -- The Nittany Lions have some football to play on Monday morning, but it's not all work for Penn State or opponent Tennessee. Friday night the players, and some of their family members, friends and fans got together at GameWorks in Tampa's Ybor City for a few hours of games. The event was another one of those moments that make bowl games a special time. The Lions and Volunteers likely will show no mercy on Monday in the Outback Bowl, but on Friday, they were a bunch of young folks having fun together. Whether it was a showdown in Dance Dance Revolution, a mini basketball contest, a racing game, or Virtual Tennis (where hulking Penn State lineman Phil Taylor dominated all night), one could find players from both sides intermingled.

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Dispatch from the Outback Bowl: Penn Staters descend on Tampa
Friday, December 29, 2006

Tampa, Fla. -- During the pre-dawn hours on one of the final days of 2006 they embark, still wiping sleep from their eyes. It's easy to be in a less-than-cheery mood, awake at an hour when most of their friends and neighbors are tucked comfortably in their beds for at least a few more hours. But then again, it's hard to be in a foul mood. Most Penn State football fans, this writer assumes, share a common giddiness as game time approaches. So common week-to-week during the season, it's quickly forgotten as the holidays approach and our minds turn to other matters. But here on a bus to Harrisburg, it comes back into sharp focus -- one more game before that long, dark age before a new season begins. Penn Staters of all ages descended on Tampa, Fla., on Friday as they prepared to celebrate the final Nittany Lion football contest of the season in the Outback Bowl against Tennessee Monday (Jan.1).

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Nittany Lions visit children's hospital, bowl week activities continue
Thursday, December 28, 2006

Several members of the Penn State football team visited patients at the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital here to highlight Outback Bowl activities the past two days. Seven Nittany Lions visited the hospital this afternoon, splitting up into two groups, signing autographs and passing out mini-footballs during visits with approximately 40 patients during their 90-minute visit. Defensive tackle Chris Baker (Windsor, Conn.), safety Jason Ganter (State College), linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) wide receiver James McDonald (Washington, D.C.), wide receiver Jordan Norwood (State College), safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.) and center Patrick Weber (Arnold) represented the squad.

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Did You Know: Florida is home to more than 14,000 Penn Staters
Friday, December 22, 2006

Thousands of Nittany Lion fans will descend on Tampa, Fla., for Penn State's Outback Bowl contest against Tennessee on Jan. 1. But the Sunshine State is alread home to 14,323 Penn State alumni, including 5,264 Penn State Alumni Association members. The alumni association also counts 16 chapters in Florida, including one in Tampa. The Outback Bowl kicks off at 11 a.m. in Raymond James Stadium.


Outback Bowl pep rally set for Dec. 31 in Tampa
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Penn State fans in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Eve can show their support and cheer on the Nittany Lion football team at the Penn State pep rally, a day before the Lions take on Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. The football team, Nittany Lion mascot, cheerleaders and Blue Band will be joined by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and Penn State Alumni Association Executive Director Roger Williams at the Tampa Convention Center for the pep rally. The Convention Center is located at 333 S. Franklin St., on the waterfront in downtown Tampa. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31 and the program begins at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to all Penn Staters and fans.

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'Penn State Football Story Outback Bowl Special' debuts Saturday
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Nittany Lion football fans can begin gearing up for the 2007 Outback Bowl with the Penn State Football Story Outback Bowl Special presented by Nationwide, which debuts on Saturday, Dec. 23. Produced by the creators of The Penn State Football Story, the 60-minute program will preview Penn State's Outback Bowl clash with No. 17 Tennessee and include features, highlights and comments from the Nittany Lions on the New Year's Day game. The Penn State Football Story Outback Bowl Special presented by Nationwide will debut on Saturday on FSN Pittsburgh (6 p.m.) and WTAJ-TV (7 p.m.) in the State College-Altoona-Johnstown market. The program can been seen on stations and cable networks and systems throughout Pennsylvania, the Northeast and parts of the Midwest through the morning of Jan. 1, 2007.

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Happy Birthday JoePa: ESPN Classic marks Paterno's 80th with 1983 Sugar Bowl
Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will celebrate his 80th birthday Thursday (Dec. 21), and to mark the occasion, ESPN Classic will be showing a replay Thursday at 2 p.m. of Penn State's win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1983 Sugar Bowl. Penn State finished the season ranked No. 1 following the win, giving Paterno and the Lions their first national title.

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Limited number of tickets released for 2007 Outback Bowl
Thursday, December 14, 2006

A limited number of tickets for the 2007 Outback Bowl are now available to the general public through the Penn State athletic ticket office. Fans interested in attending the New Year's Day clash between Penn State and Tennessee in Tampa's Raymond James Stadium can purchase tickets while they last by calling 800-863-3336. Coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions (8-4) will meet the No. 17 Volunteers (9-3) in Penn State's third January bowl game in the past five years and 33rd bowl game overall under Paterno, the all-time leader in post-season wins (21) and appearances (33). The game will kick off at 11 a.m. and air on ESPN and the Penn State Sports Network.


Penn State football graduation rate third-highest among public institutions, bowl teams
Thursday, December 14, 2006

The outstanding graduation performance by Penn State's student-athletes, 83 percent according to the recent NCAA graduation rate report, is further accentuated by the efforts of the Nittany Lion football team, which has the third-highest graduation rate (83 percent) among the nation's public institutions that play Division I-A football. Compiled by Penn State from the "2006 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report," Coach Joe Paterno's team had the seventh-highest graduation rate overall among all of the nation's 119 Division I-A programs, including the best among Big Ten Conference institutions. Kent State (86 percent) and Nebraska (84 percent) were the only public institutions with a rate higher than Penn State's.

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Trio of Nittany Lions earn All-America nods from The Sporting News
Thursday, December 14, 2006

A trio of Penn State standouts have been named to The Sporting News All-America team. Junior linebacker Dan Connor earned first team All-America honors, while senior tackle Levi Brown and senior linebacker Paul Posluszny were second team selections. Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Southern California were the only schools with three or more players on The Sporting News All-America team. Earlier this week, five Nittany Lions were named to the Associated Press All-America team, the most for Penn State since having five honorees in 1994.

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Five Nittany Lions named AP All-Americans
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Five Penn State standouts have been selected to the Associated Press All-America Team, the Nittany Lions' highest number of selections since 1994. Heading the Nittany Lions' honorees is senior linebacker Paul Posluszny (Aliquippa), who was named to the AP first team for the second consecutive year. Linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford) was selected to the second team, with defensive tackle Jay Alford (Orange, N.J.), tackle Levi Brown (Norfolk, Va.) and punter Jeremy Kapinos (Springfield, Va.) named to the third team.

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Posluszny wins Bednarik Award for second consecutive year
Friday, December 8, 2006

Penn State senior linebacker Paul Posluszny has become just the second two-time winner of the Bednarik Award. Posluszny captured the honor at the nationally televised Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk. Junior Dan Connor also was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, making Penn State the first school to have a pair of Bednarik Award finalists in the 12 years the honor has been presented. The Bednarik Award is presented to the nation's top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club. Posluszny also was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team, becoming Penn State's 89th first team All-America selection and the 13th Nittany Lion to earn first team All-America honors twice. Senior tackle Levi Brown was selected a Walter Camp second team All-American, earning All-America honors for the second consecutive year.

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Paterno talks with media at Outback Bowl preview press conference
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno fielded questions from the media at Beaver Stadium Thursday (Dec. 7) afternoon during his Outback Bowl preview press conference. See what Paterno had to say as his team prepares to take on Tennessee on New Year's Day. (Transcript courtesy of GoPSUsports.com, the official Web site of Penn State athletics.)

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Three Nittany Lions finalists at College Football Awards Show
Thursday, December 7, 2006

A trio of Penn State standouts -- Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor and Jeremy Kapinos -- are finalists for three of the awards that will be presented Thursday (Dec. 7) at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. The program will air from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN. Members of arguably the nation's top linebacker unit, Posluszny (Aliquippa) and Connor (Wallingford) are finalists the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player. Posluszny won the 2005 honor. Posluszny also won the 2005 Butkus Award, and is a finalist again for the top linebacker honor, which will be announced on the awards program for the first time. Kapinos (Springfield, Va.) is Penn State's first finalist for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top punter.

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Paterno and Posluszny to be honored Tuesday
by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Penn State's Joe Paterno and Paul Posluszny will be among the coaches and student-athletes recognized at one of the pinnacle events of the college football calendar, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. The 49th annual black tie event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The NFL Network will broadcast the awards dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Paterno will receive the Gold Medal, the Foundation's highest honor, along with Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, in a video presentation. In his 41st season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno was selected for induction into the College Hall of Fame at Tuesday's event, but will delay his induction until 2007 as he recovers from injuries sustained in a sideline collision during the Nov. 4 game at Wisconsin.

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Penn State Student Outback Bowl ticket lottery winners selected
Monday, December 4, 2006

The Penn State students who will have the opportunity to purchase two tickets to the Outback Bowl have been selected, with notification beginning this past weekend via student University e-mail accounts.
Students selected in the random drawing have until Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. to purchase up to two tickets for the contest, which will pit Penn State against No. 17 Tennessee. The game will be played Jan. 1, 2007 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The online student ticket application process ended last Friday, having started on November 27.


Penn State to face Tennessee in Outback Bowl
Sunday, December 3, 2006

Penn State and Tennessee will clash in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day in the third post-season meeting between the national powers. The No. 17 Volunteers (9-3) were selected today to face the Nittany Lions (8-4) in the The 21st Outback Bowl. The contest will kick off at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. The battle in Raymond James Stadium (65,567) will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
"Tennessee is a great opponent for us," stated Coach Joe Paterno, who is in his 41st season as head coach and has an overall mark of 362-121-3 (74.8). "They have a great football tradition and a very good team again this year. They played well in a tough league. It's going to be a challenging game for us."

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Posluszny selected Academic All-American of the Year
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Linebacker Paul Posluszny has joined an elite group of Penn State student-athletes with his selection as the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year in Division I football. The senior standout was selected the Academic All-American of the Year for the University Division in voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Posluszny becomes the fifth member of the Nittany Lion football program to earn first team Academic All-America honors twice. Posluszny is joined on the first team by senior defensive end Tim Shaw, while senior safety Nolan McCready earned second team accolades.

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Alumni Association sponsors official tour to Outback Bowl
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Since it was announced that Penn State would play in the Outback Bowl, Penn State alumni, students and fans have made plans to be in Tampa, Fla., with the "Official Penn State Bowl Tour," sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association. The "Official Penn State Tour" features two packages: a student package and a four-day package available to alumni and other Penn State fans. These packages, which are available with airfare out of Harrisburg, Pa., or land-only, include a New Year's Eve celebration with Penn State President Graham B. Spanier, a pre-game event, a special commemorative item and other receptions and gatherings. This package ranges in price from $1,029 to $2,171 including a ticket to the Outback Bowl game.

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Nittany Lions have brief, successful Outback Bowl history
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Nittany Lion football team, 8-4 after the conclusion of the regular season, will travel to Tampa, Fla., in December to prepare for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference. It will mark Penn State's third appearance in the game. Take a look back at Penn State's two previous, successful trips to Florida's west coast.

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Student bowl ticket application process under way online
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Beginning immediately and carrying through Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m., all full-time Penn State students can apply online at http://www.GoPSUsports.com for tickets to Penn State's appearance in the 2007 Outback Bowl on New Year's Day in Tampa, Fla. The sale of this year's bowl offering to Penn State students will be done exclusively online, listening to the feedback from the students on how and when they prefer to purchase tickets. If the allotment of student tickets is spoken for before the offering concludes Friday afternoon, a lottery system will be utilized to determine the distribution of tickets to the Nittany Lions' match-up with a team from the Southeastern Conference.

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Three Nittany Lions tabbed finalists for national awards
Monday, November 27, 2006

Three Nittany Lion football players have been named finalists for national awards. Senior linebacker Paul Posluszny, previously named a Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award finalist, has been named a finalist for the third annual Lott Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both presented to defensive standouts. Junior linebacker Dan Connor was also named one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award. Senior punter Jeremy Kapinos was selected one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top punter.

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Penn State selected to play in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Penn State has been selected as the Big Ten representative in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 1, 2007. The Nittany Lions will be making their 22nd January bowl appearance under Coach Joe Paterno. The Nittany Lions will be playing in the Outback Bowl for the third time and will be participating in a New Year�s bowl game for the third time in the past five seasons. Penn State's opponent is still to be determined and most likely won't be known until the Bowl Championship Series teams are announced on Sunday, Dec. 3. Southeastern Conference teams Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee are among the squads under consideration as possible Penn State foes. The 21st Outback Bowl will kickoff at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1. ESPN will televise the contest to a national audience from Raymond James Stadium (65,567).

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