Fiesta Bowl preview: Return game is key

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Nittany Lions of Penn State will clash with the Huskies of Washington in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Penn State has not allowed a punt return for a touchdown in the 12 games its played this season.

On Saturday, Dec. 30. that stat will be tested by Washington punt returner Dante Pettis.

The senior wide receiver  has nine career punt returns for touchdowns, shattering Wes Welker’s past record of eight returns for touchdowns, the record breaker coming  in a matchup with Oregon prior  this season.

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part VI

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s most recent trip to the Fiesta Bowl came in 1997.

In what would be Joe Paterno’s final Fiesta Bowl, the Nittany Lions posted an impressive 38-15 victory over Texas.

The Nittany Lions entered the game with a 10-2 record and struggled early against the Longhorns. Penn State trailed at the half, 12-7, but stormed back in the second half.

In the third quarter, Penn State outscored Texas 21-3. Touchdowns came from Aaron Harris, Curtis Enis and Anthony Cleary. The Nittany Lions iced the game with a TD late in the game from Enis.

Penn State predictions: Can Lions cap amazing season?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, it’s finally here.

The Penn State football team wraps up the 2017 season on Saturday when it faces off against Washington in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The Nittany Lions have won three consecutive games and can put a nice bow on the season with a win on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions blew a two-score lead in last year’s Rose Bowl. They can erase those bad memories with a win on Saturday. Will they get the W? Let’s find out what our staff had to say:

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part V

UNIVERSITY PARK – It certainly wasn’t as memorable as the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, but the 1992 Fiesta Bowl certainly had its moments.

The Nittany Lions found themselves in a 17-7 hole to the Volunteers. Then, things got ugly.

For Tennessee.

The Nittany Lions exploded and outscored the Volunteers 35-0 the rest of the way to post a lopsided 42-17 victory.

Penn State QB Tony Sacca fired three touchdown passes and Reggie Givens added a pick-six as the Nittany Lions erupted.

Fiesta Bowl: Plan your watch party now

STATE COLLEGE – The presents are unwrapped, the Christmas ham has been devoured.

It’s time to turn your attention to the PlayStation FiestaBowl.

In case you forgot, Penn State and Washington face off on Saturday, Dec. 30 in the Fiesta Bowl.

If you can’t make it to Glendale, Ariz., to watch the Nittany Lions play, you’re not alone.

A lot of Penn State fans will be back in Happy Valley for the game, which kicks at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

What you need to know: The Fiesta Bowl

UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions this season.

Game details: Fiesta Bowl vs. Washington, 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, ESPN.

Records: Penn State 10-2 overall (7-2 Big Ten); Washington 10-2 overall (7-2 PAC-12).

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 74 degrees, sunny and pleasant.

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part IV

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State’s fourth trip to the Fiesta Bowl wound up being one of the biggest games in the history of the program.

Just one season removed from a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Penn State entered the Fiesta Bowl with a perfect record of 11-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation. Miami was also 11-0, but ranked No. 1.

The Hurricanes were led by Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The game was dubbed the “Duel in the Desert.”

PSU rises to No. 2 in Learfield Directors' Cup standings

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Athletics is off to another superlative start in the Learfield Directors' Cup, moving up to No. 2 in the latest standings.

The Nittany Lions rose to No. 2 on the strength of the Big Ten Championship women’s volleyball team advancing to last week’s NCAA Championship semifinals.

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part III

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State’s third trip to the Fiesta Bowl came on the heels of one of the biggest wins in the program’s history.

The Nittany Lions knocked off No. 1 Pitt in the classic 48-14 win at Pitt Stadium. As a reward, the Lions were given a trip to the Fiesta Bowl and a matchup against No. 18 USC. Penn State rolled into the game sporting a 9-2 record, with their only losses coming against Miami and Alabama.

Fiesta Bowl: Where to watch the big game?

STATE COLLEGE – Can’t make it to Arizona to watch the Nittany Lions in the Fiesta Bowl?

Well, you’re not alone.

A large contingent of Penn State fans will be back in Happy Valley for the Fiesta Bowl, which kicks at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Over the next several days we will take a look at some of the best places to watch the bowl game.

First up is Hi-Way Pizza Pub West.

If you’re looking to try something new, Hi-Way might be what you’re looking for!


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