PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Football To Play In 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic

Pack your bags for the heart of Texas, Happy Valley!

No. 10 Penn State football earned a spot in the 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic. The Nittany Lions will take on 17th-ranked Memphis, a Group of Five team that won the AAC, at noon on Saturday, December 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Despite posting three losses throughout the 2019 season, No. 8 Wisconsin earned the Big Ten’s bid for the Rose Bowl following its 34-21 defeat against No. 2 Ohio State, which qualified for the College Football Playoff, in the Big Ten championship game.

James Franklin’s program posted a 10-2 record en route to earning its third New Year’s Six bowl bid in the past four seasons. Penn State didn’t have too many expectations entering the 2019 season, but a young, explosive offense led by first-year starting quarterback Sean Clifford combined with a shutdown defense that finished among the nation’s best in terms of points allowed helped the team shatter any and all expectations.

The Nittany Lions played in the 2017 Rose Bowl against USC following its Big Ten title run before earning a spot in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl after the next season. The Trojans won an all-timer 52-49 in Penn State’s last Rose Bowl appearance before the Nittany Lions bounced back to beat Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, which was also Saquon Barkley’s last collegiate game.

As far as Penn State’s Cotton Bowl history is concerned, it’s posted a 2-0-1 record in three all-time appearances in the game. The Nittany Lions’ first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance was a 13-13 tie against then-No. 3 SMU in 1948, but they’d have to wait nearly 30 years before returning to the game. Joe Paterno’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance ended in a 30-6 Penn State rout of then-No. 12 Texas in 1972, and the team was right back in the game three years later for a 41-20 blowout win over then-No. 12 Baylor.

Big Ten teams have now played in three of the last four Cotton Bowl Classics. Wisconsin took down Central Michigan — which was coached by PJ Fleck — following its defeat to Penn State in the 2016 Big Ten title game, and Ohio State took down USC 24-7 after the 2017 season came to a close. Clemson smacked Notre Dame 30-3 in last year’s Cotton Bowl, which also served as one of the College Football Playoff’s semifinals.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Mikey Mandarino

Mikey is a senior majoring in journalism who's a Senior Editor for Onward State. He's from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, Mikey is way too obnoxious about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. You can follow Mikey on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino in order to fill your timeline with all the hockey/golf content you'll ever need. You can also send all hate mail, death threats, and your vote for the best chicken parm in State College to [email protected]


Get notified about breaking news
Loading notification service...
Other posts by Mikey

Report: Maine Forward Tim Doherty To Transfer To Penn State Hockey

Doherty scored 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 34 games played for Maine, which was poised for an at-large NCAA tournament bid before postseason play was canceled.

Big Ten Extends Suspension Of Team Activities To May 4

Leah Still Celebrates Five Cancer-Free Years

A Message From Onward State’s Editorial Board Regarding April Fools’ Day

“We believe that laughter will help us all get through this current situation and help us make sense of it.”

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Penn State Athletes

Whether it was a high-flying dunk from Lamar Stevens, a deep touchdown from Sean Clifford to KJ Hamler, or an electric pin by Mark Hall, many student-athletes made their marks on Happy Valley over the last eight months.

Send this to a friend