Penn State To Play Georgia In TaxSlayer Bowl
For the second straight season, Penn State will be in a bowl game.
Taxslayer Bowl – Penn State vs Georgia
— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) December 6, 2015
The Nittany Lions (7-5) were selected to play against the Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on January 2.
After a few days of speculation brought on by tweets from the official TaxSlayer Bowl Twitter account, Penn State officially accepted the chance to play in the game.
Penn State last appeared in a postseason bowl one year ago, when it took on Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. The Nittany Lions took home the win and the game trophy 31-30 in overtime.
The first and only matchup between Penn State and Georgia came in the 1983 Sugar Bowl, when the Nittany Lions upended an undefeated Georgia for Joe Paterno’s first National Championship in Happy Valley. With the firing of Mark Richt, the Bulldogs will be led by wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, who will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game.
Last year, Iowa and Tennessee squared off in the TaxSlayer Bowl, with the Vols defeating the Hawkeyes by a score of 45-28. In recent years, the game has played host to big name teams such as Georgia, Nebraska, Florida, Ohio State, and Michigan.
The TaxSlayer Bowl, in its current iteration, has only been played twice. The bowl was originally known as the Gator Bowl, before taking on a variety of sponsors ranging from Toyota to Konica Minolta. In 2012, the bowl became known as the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, and two years later, the company dropped the “Gator” from its title. Penn State appeared in the Gator Bowl four times with a record of 1-2-1, most recently losing to Notre Dame in 1976.
Penn State has historically been very successful in bowl games, holding an all-time record of 28-15-2.