Penn State to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl

Posted December 04, 2017

Penn State have played just twice in their history, with the Lions winning both games. The Trojans defeated the Cardinal in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night and will play Ohio State in Dallas's Cotton Bowl at 5:30 p.m. December 29.

Penn State stayed put from last week to finished No. 9 in the committee's final rankings, jumping ahead of Miami but falling behind USC, which won the Pac-12.

At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies in the 1983 Aloha Bowl, 13-10. The Huskies' junior quarterback holds numerous school records and threw for 2,544 yards and 18 touchdowns with five interceptions this season. Penn State is Arizona bound for the Fiesta Bowl.

It will be Washington's first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, but coach Chris Peterson led Boise State to an upset victory against Oklahoma after the 2006 season.

Penn State returns to the Fiesta Bowl for the first time since 1997, where it will face a team it hasn't played in 34 years. The Nittany Lions lost to USC, 52-49, in the Rose Bowl after last season.