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Penn State, Washington to meet in Fiesta Bowl

04 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Glenda Knight
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Just not in Arizona.

Ohio State and USC have both played in the Cotton Bowl only once before, both when the game was played in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

"I'm thrilled for our football student-athletes, coaches and staff who have worked tirelessly for this opportunity and have earned back-to-back berths in a New Year's Six bowl", stated Sandy Barbour, Penn State Director of Athletics.

The No. 9 Nittany Lions will take on 11th-ranked Washington in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix on December 30 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

Most expected the Lions and Huskies would play in the Cotton Bowl.

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At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers.

2 in the AP Top 25, but lost to Ohio State 39-38 on October 28 and to Michigan State the following week. The Huskies' junior quarterback holds numerous school records and threw for 2,544 yards and 18 touchdowns with five interceptions this season.

Penn State coach James Franklin has the Nittany Lions back in a New Year's Six bowl game as they play in the Fiesta Bowl for the first time in two decades, taking on Washington.

Penn State's 1982 national title was also preceded by a 26-10 win over USC in the Fiesta Bowl to close out the 1981 season.

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