(Friday, January 1st)
Final Score: (11) Penn State 19, (13) LSU 17
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Collin Wagner kicked four field goals, including a 21-yarder with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, as 11th-ranked Penn State edged LSU, 19-17, in the Capital One Bowl.
Daryll Clark completed 18-of-35 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown for Penn State (11-2), which won eight of the last nine to close out the season.
Derek Moye finished with three catches for 53 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown, while Evan Royster rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries for Penn State. Andrew Quarless had eight grabs for 88 yards for the Lions, who gave head coach Joe Paterno his record 24th bowl win.
"I thought it was a heck of a football game. And I thought the LSU kids never gave in, and it was who had the ball last, I think," Paterno said. "They did a great job on the goal line, and overcame some things. So I was very proud of our kids. And it's a lot of fun in being in a good, tough football game like that."
Jordan Jefferson passed for 202 yards on 13-of-24 passes with a touchdown and an interception, while Stevan Ridley added a one-yard TD run for LSU (9-4), which dropped three of its last five. Les Miles suffered his first loss in five bowl games as LSU head coach. Brandon LaFell had five catches for 87 yards and a TD in defeat.
After LSU went ahead 17-16 early in the fourth quarter, neither team could get anything going offensively, but Penn State got it together with nearly seven minutes left in the contest.
Starting at its own 31, Clark quickly moved the squad into Tigers territory at the 48. Then after converting a third down with a five-yard pass to Graham Zug, the quarterback hit Zug again, this time for 17 yards, taking it to the 20.
Stephfon Green's six-yard run allowed the Lions to pick up another first down and make it 1st-and-goal from the eight. However, the offense stalled and Wagner came on to boot the 21-yarder to put Penn State ahead 19-17 with 57 seconds left.
Trindon Holliday returned the ensuing kickoff to the LSU 41, then Jefferson picked up a first down at the PSU 49 after a 10-yard run. However, with the Tigers out of timeouts and in hurry-up mode, LSU was whistled for a 15-yard personal foul penalty after Jefferson completed a short pass to LaFell. The ball was moved back to the LSU 40 and following an incompletion, Jefferson connected with Rueben Randle for 25 yards, but he fumbled as time expired and Penn State held on.
Penn State opened the scoring with 1:54 left in the first quarter when Clark hit Moye with a 37-yard touchdown pass, but Josh Jasper countered for LSU with a 25-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game early in the second.
Wagner hit a 26-yard field goal with nearly 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the half, then an 18-yard chip shot with four ticks left gave PSU a 13-3 lead at the break.
The Nittany Lions tacked on another field goal by Wagner, this time from 20 yards out with 2:27 to play in the third quarter, but LSU came storming back.
"I thought it was a well played game by both," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "I felt like we would come out in the second half and have an opportunity."
Jefferson connected with LaFell for a 24-yard TD with 13 ticks left in the quarter, then Ridley banged in for one-yard score early in the fourth that put the Tigers up 17-16 with 12:49 remaining.
Penn State improved to 2-0 all-time versus LSU with the only other meeting coming in the 1974 Orange Bowl where the Nittany Lions claimed a 16-9 win.
01/01 21:22:42 ET