Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 5/14/12
Penn State cut its teeth as a budding college football super power in the Orange Bowl in the late sixties and early seventies. The Orange Bowl was also the stage where they would fight to regain respect on the national stage. Paterno saw his first three undefeated teams wind up in the Orange Bowl (1968, 1969, and 1973), victorious in low-scoring slugfests all three times. Penn State’s fourth visit was less memorable (a national championship game loss to Oklahoma in the 1985 season), but the fifth would be one for the ages. An undefeated season wasn’t on the line. Nor was a national title this time. But the matchup between coaching titans Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden and the unexpected resurrection of Penn State football in 2005 were storylines enough for anyone. The hard-hitting clash between Penn State and Florida State claimed all the limelight on January 3 (the only football game scheduled and last one before the Texas/USC Rose Bowl BCS championship), and viewers were not sent...
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