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.

Sacca spread the ball around, finding Chip LaBarca, Kyle Brady and O.J. McDuffie for touchdowns during the onslaught.

The Nittany Lions were down 10-7 at the intermission, when head coach Joe Paterno let the team have it.

“(Paterno) gave us a speech at halftime,” McDuffie told ESPN. “Saying ‘we haven't done anything right, they've been moving the ball up and down the field and we're only down three points. They haven't done anything we haven't seen before.’ I think that pretty much fueled us going into the second half. We were happy about (being down) 10-7.”

Givens was selected as the Defensive Player of the Game.

Penn State finished the season at 11-2 and ranked as the No. 3 team in the nation. The Nittany Lions’ losses came on the road against USC (21-10) and Miami (26-20).

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