Nov. 30, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -
Penn State's 40th bowl game all-time will be the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl, as the Nittany Lions today were selected as the Big Ten representative, Director of Athletics Tim Curley announced.
The 15th Valero Alamo Bowl will be played in the 65,000-seat Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday, December 29. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. CT and the contest will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
The Nittany Lions will face a Big 12 Conference opponent -- likely Texas A&M orTexas Tech -- to be announced on Sunday evening.
The Valero Alamo Bowl will be Joe Paterno's 500th game as head coach of the Nittany Lions.
Penn State will be making its second appearance in San Antonio, defeating Texas A&M, 24-0, in the 1999 Alamo Bowl to finish 10-3. The game drew a standing room only crowd of 65,380, second-largest in Alamo Bowl history. The Nittany Lions will be making their 34th post-season trip under Paterno, who is the all-time leader in bowl wins (22-10-1) and appearances.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to return to the Valero Alamo Bowl," said Curley. "Everyone from Penn State had a wonderful experience during our previous trip to San Antonio. The hospitality extended to our team and fans was outstanding. This will provide a chance for some of our alumni in the Southwest to see our team play in person. The Alamo Bowl has been a great partner with the Big Ten and all the Conference schools and we're excited about returning to San Antonio."
"We are looking forward to playing in the Alamo Bowl and meeting a very good team from the Big 12 Conference," stated Paterno, who is in his 42nd season as head coach and has an overall mark of 371-125-3 (74.6). "This team has worked hard all season and has been a great group to work with. I'm happy for the squad that their efforts will be rewarded with an opportunity to go to San Antonio, where we had a great experience the last time, and be involved in a good, tough game."
Paterno will be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
"San Antonio football fans should be excited to Penn State back in the Valero Alamo Bowl," said John Yantis, Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman. "Penn State is one of the nation's most tradition-rich programs and this selection continues our run of some of the biggest names in college football."
The Nittany Lions will bring an 8-4 record into the Alamo Bowl, with three of the losses by seven points or less. Penn State has won 30 of its last 39 games overall and ranks among the Top 15 nationally in the best cumulative record from 2005-07 (28-9).
The Nittany Lions are No. 3 in the nation with 25 post-season victories and first nationally in bowl winning percentage (66.7, 25-12-2) among schools with at least 10 bowl wins.
Penn State is 21-13 all-time against teams from the Big 12, with the last game against Nebraska in 2003. The Lions have played the Cornhuskers the most of any Big 12 team, holding a 7-6 series advantage. Iowa State and Oklahoma State are the only teams the Nittany Lions have not played.
The Nittany Lions are 6-2 vs. Big 12 teams in bowl games: Baylor (1-0), Kansas (1-0), Missouri (1-0), Oklahoma (0-2), Texas (2-0) and Texas A&M (1-0).
Paterno has an impressive 68.2 winning percentage in bowl games, third-best all-time among coaches with at least 12 bowl appearances. He is the only coach to win the Rose, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls. Paterno has taken Penn State to 13 different post-season contests, winning in 11 locales, more than anyone in college football history.
Big Ten teams have earned a 7-6 overall record in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Nittany Lion Club members and 2007 season ticket holders can purchase tickets for the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl starting at 6 p.m. today by clicking here. The general public can purchase tickets over the phone beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET by calling (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336
Information on the Valero Alamo Bowl game, bowl events, area hotels and the San Antonio area can be found on the bowl's website at www.alamobowl.com.