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Penn State Nittany Lions Bowls

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania ▪ Colors: Blue & White
Stadium: Beaver Stadium (cap. 107,282)
Record*: 121 Years, 820-362-37, .688 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 708-362-37 by NCAA.

Conferences: Big Ten and Ind
Conference Champion: 3 Times
Bowls: 44 Bowls, 27-15-2, .636 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 43 Times (Preseason), 40 Times (Final), 591 Weeks (Total)

44 Bowls

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Rk Year Date Day Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1 2011 Jan 2, 2012 Mon Ticket City Bowl Houston 30 Penn State 14 Ticket City Bowl (Dallas, TX)
2 2010 Jan 1, 2011 Sat Outback Bowl Florida 37 Penn State 24 Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
3 2009 Jan 1, 2010 Fri Capital One Bowl Penn State 19 Louisiana State 17 Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL)
4 2008 Jan 1, 2009 Thu Rose Bowl Southern California 38 Penn State 24 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
5 2007 Dec 29, 2007 Sat Alamo Bowl Penn State 24 Texas A&M 17 Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX)
6 2006 Jan 1, 2007 Mon Outback Bowl Penn State 20 Tennessee 10 Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
7 2005 Jan 3, 2006 Tue Orange Bowl Penn State 26 Florida State 23 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
8 2002 Jan 1, 2003 Wed Capital One Bowl Auburn 13 Penn State 9 Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL)
9 1999 Dec 28, 1999 Tue Alamo Bowl Penn State 24 Texas A&M 0 Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX)
10 1998 Jan 1, 1999 Fri Outback Bowl Penn State 26 Kentucky 14 Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
11 1997 Jan 1, 1998 Thu Citrus Bowl Florida 21 Penn State 6 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
12 1996 Jan 1, 1997 Wed Fiesta Bowl Penn State 38 Texas 15 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
13 1995 Jan 1, 1996 Mon Hall of Fame Bowl Penn State 43 Auburn 14 Hall of Fame Bowl (Tampa, FL)
14 1994 Jan 2, 1995 Mon Rose Bowl Penn State 38 Oregon 20 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
15 1993 Jan 1, 1994 Sat Citrus Bowl Penn State 31 Tennessee 13 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
16 1992 Jan 1, 1993 Fri Blockbuster Bowl Stanford 24 Penn State 3 Blockbuster Bowl (Miami, FL)
17 1991 Jan 1, 1992 Wed Fiesta Bowl Penn State 42 Tennessee 17 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
18 1990 Dec 28, 1990 Fri Blockbuster Bowl Florida State 24 Penn State 17 Blockbuster Bowl (Miami, FL)
19 1989 Dec 29, 1989 Fri Holiday Bowl Penn State 50 Brigham Young 39 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
20 1987 Jan 1, 1988 Fri Citrus Bowl Clemson 35 Penn State 10 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
Rk Year Date Day Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
21 1986 Jan 2, 1987 Fri Fiesta Bowl Penn State 14 Miami (FL) 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
22 1985 Jan 1, 1986 Wed Orange Bowl Oklahoma 25 Penn State 10 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
23 1983 Dec 26, 1983 Mon Aloha Bowl Penn State 13 Washington 10 Aloha Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
24 1982 Jan 1, 1983 Sat Sugar Bowl Penn State 27 Georgia 23 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
25 1981 Jan 1, 1982 Fri Fiesta Bowl Penn State 26 Southern California 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
26 1980 Dec 26, 1980 Fri Fiesta Bowl Penn State 31 Ohio State 19 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
27 1979 Dec 22, 1979 Sat Liberty Bowl Penn State 9 Tulane 6 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
28 1978 Jan 1, 1979 Mon Sugar Bowl Alabama 14 Penn State 7 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
29 1977 Dec 25, 1977 Sun Fiesta Bowl Penn State 42 Arizona State 30 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
30 1976 Dec 27, 1976 Mon Gator Bowl Notre Dame 20 Penn State 9 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
31 1975 Dec 31, 1975 Wed Sugar Bowl Alabama 13 Penn State 6 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
32 1974 Jan 1, 1975 Wed Cotton Bowl Penn State 41 Baylor 20 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
33 1973 Jan 1, 1974 Tue Orange Bowl Penn State 16 Louisiana State 9 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
34 1972 Dec 31, 1972 Sun Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 14 Penn State 0 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
35 1971 Jan 1, 1972 Sat Cotton Bowl Penn State 30 Texas 6 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
36 1969 Jan 1, 1970 Thu Orange Bowl Penn State 10 Missouri 3 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
37 1968 Jan 1, 1969 Wed Orange Bowl Penn State 15 Kansas 14 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
38 1967 Dec 30, 1967 Sat Gator Bowl Penn State 17 Florida State 17 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
39 1962 Dec 29, 1962 Sat Gator Bowl Florida 17 Penn State 7 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
40 1961 Dec 30, 1961 Sat Gator Bowl Penn State 30 Georgia Tech 15 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
Rk Year Date Day Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
41 1960 Dec 17, 1960 Sat Liberty Bowl Penn State 41 Oregon 12 Liberty Bowl (Philadelphia, PA)
42 1959 Dec 19, 1959 Sat Liberty Bowl Penn State 7 Alabama 0 Liberty Bowl (Philadelphia, PA)
43 1947 Jan 1, 1948 Thu Cotton Bowl Penn State 13 Southern Methodist 13 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
44 1922 Jan 1, 1923 Mon Rose Bowl Southern California 14 Penn State 3 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)