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Fiesta Bowl Travel Day

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PHOENIX - The Penn State football flight touched down shortly after 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. With a relatively quick flight, the Nittany Lions flew in style, treated to special seating pods allowing the team to stretch out for the duration of the flight.

Upon arrival, Penn State received a festive greeting, with live music fans lined up on the tarmac to greet the team, staff and families exiting the plane.

Moments after leaving the plane, Penn State head coach James Franklin, wide receiver Juwan Johnson and corner back Christian Campbell took time to meet with members of the media for quick press conference just off the side of the tarmac. [Press conference transcript HERE]

"I know our coaches and our fans and our players and letterman couldn't be more excited about this opportunity," Franklin said. "Penn State's got a tremendous history with this bowl game and we're looking forward to playing an exciting game come Saturday. I have a lot respect for the University of Washington and a lot of respect for coach Petersen and what he's been able to do over his career. I think it has the chance to be a fantastic bowl game."

 For Franklin, he's pleased with how the Nittany Lions finished out the week at home, wrapping up finals and Washington preparations with an added advantage being able to arrive on location a few days early to allow for an entire week of routine-like game week practice in the Valley of the Sun.

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