No. 9 Penn State Heading for Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 11 Washington Huskies

By Matt de Bear on December 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Jan 6, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; A statue of former Arizona Cardinals player Pat Tillman is visible outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium leading up to the College Football National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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For the first time since 1985-1986, when they played in Orange and Fiesta Bowls, Penn State is headed to a second straight major bowl game. Following the program's first back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in nearly a decade, the Nittany Lions will be looking for win No. 11 in Arizona against the No. 11 Washington Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl.

This will be Penn State's first visit to one of the sport's most historic postseason games since 1997, when they defeated Texas 38-15. 

Washington enters the game with a 10-2 record, and a second place finish in the Pac 12 Conference North Divisoin. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 1983 Aloha Bowl. Penn State won that meeting 13-10, and holds a 2-0 record all time against the Huskies.

The Fiesta Bowl will mark the end of the careers of a number of Nittany Lions that have made their mark in Happy Valley, such as Mike Gesicki, Marcus Allen, Grant Haley, DaeSean Hamilton, and Jason Cabinda.

The game will kickoff at 4:00 ET on December 30 in University of Phoenix Stadium, and air on ESPN.

 

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