"Penn State is one of the nation's most tradition-rich programs and this selection continues a streak of the biggest names from the Big Ten after hosting Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa the previous three years," said John Yantis, Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman.
Penn State will be making its second appearance in the Alamo Bowl with their first visit in the 1999; a 24-0 shut out Texas A&M in front of a standing room only crowd of 65,380 which ranks second in all-time Alamo Bowl attendance. The game marked the final game for Jerry Sandusky on Penn State's coaching staff.
"We are looking forward to playing in the Alamo Bowl and meeting a very good team from the Big 12 Conference," said Penn State Head Coach Joe 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."
The Valero Alamo Bowl will announce Penn State's Big 12 opponent (either Texas Tech or Texas A&M) on December 2 at 5:00 p.m.
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