LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva and head football coach Les Miles officially accepted a bid to the 2010 Capital One Bowl as the two joined Penn State and head coach Joe Paterno at the Capital One Bowl Contract Signing Luncheon in the Varsity Club at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Thursday.
Alleva and Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley signed contracts accepting each team’s invitation to the New Year’s Day tilt. Miles and Paterno met with members of the media prior to the luncheon. The two then took the stage for a question and answer segment in front of Capital One Bowl officials and guests.
“We look forward to this game and it’s going to be a great setting,” Miles said. “It’s historically a great bowl game and played New Year’s Day. It’s exactly how we would want to end our season. The matchup with the Big Ten and Joe Paterno and a quality Nittany Lion team will be everything that we want.”
No. 13 LSU and No. 9 Penn State are meeting for just the second time in each program’s illustrious history. The Nittany Lions defeated the Tigers, 16-9, in the only meeting between the schools in the 1974 Orange Bowl. Paterno was on the sidelines for Penn State in that contest.
“Getting an opportunity to play against a team as good as LSU is tremendous,” Paterno said. “I go back to LSU years and years ago when Paul Dietzel was coaching there and they won the national championship. Billy Cannon ran that punt back. Dietzel and I were assistant coaches and competed against each other, so I was always interested in how he was doing.”
LSU is making its 10th straight bowl appearance and its 41st all-time. Miles is a perfect 4-0 in bowl games with the Tigers, while his teams have outscored opponents 157-44 in those four contests. LSU has won 10 of its last 12 bowl games dating back to the 1995 Independence Bowl.
This year’s LSU team brings a 9-3 overall mark into the contest as the Tigers finished second in the SEC Western Division with a 5-3 league record. LSU, which has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation this year, has been ranked in the top 25 all year.
Kickoff for the 2010 Capital One Bowl is set for noon CST on Friday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised nationally by ABC. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews handle the call.