A Great Game in Penn State History

by PSUglenn on March 20, 2012 · 1 comment

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1992fiestabowl PSC A Great Game in Penn State HistoryA little throwback for you today. Imagine: Nirvana's on the radio and you've got your L.A. Gears laced up. What's that you hear in the distance? It's the sounds from the Nittany Lions huge win over the Tennessee Volunteers in the 1992 Fiesta Bowl.

While a Fiesta Bowl win was nothing new for the Penn State fans at this time (the Nittany Lions had already won four times since the Bowl's inception), the team's triumph over the Volunteers was a surprise. If you've got your thinking cap on you'll recall the talent of the '91 Volunteers. The team had a 9-3 season and the cockiness to prove it. The Vols' cocksure attitude only made this win that much sweeter.

The game began with a fumble, which quickly turned into a touchdown for the Lions. Quarterback Tony Sacca threw a 10-yarder to Sam Gash to put the score at 7-0, not even 2 minutes into the game. Before the first quarter ended, the Volunteers would match that touchdown and kick a field goal, to take the lead 10-7.

By halftime, things weren?t looking so hot for the Nittany Lions. Although neither team managed to make a touchdown, the Volunteers had 324 yards to the Lion's puny 59. While Tennessee quarterback Andy Kelly wasn't putting any points in the end zone, he was running circles around the Lions.

Second-Half Comeback

In the second half Penn State found their groove, matching a third-quarter Volunteers touchdown to put them only three points behind, at 17-14. Suddenly, things were looking different for the Lions. With the fear of a Volunteers run behind them, Sacca and the Lions picked up the pace to finish out the Volunteers once and for all.

 A Great Game in Penn State History

A forced fumble by the Volunteers at the 13-yard line opened up the perfect opportunity and Sacca threw a pass to Kyle Brady in the end zone to put the Lions in the lead for good. Following a rushing touchdown by Richie Anderson, defensive player of the game Reggie Givens netted the Lions another touchdown by scoring after intercepting Kelly and returning it 23 yards to the end zone.

And to seal the deal? Sacca threw to receiver O.J. McDuffie (tabbed by sportswriters as the offensive player of the game) for a 37-yard strike. The Lions ended up beating the Volunteers 35-17. Not a bad way to put a talented but overconfident team in their place.

Sources

ESPN (2002)

Bleacher Report (2012)

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Kim Short June 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Where can I get a copy of that game footage?

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