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Penn State Nittany Lions football have compiled a record of 21-11-2 in bowl games. The Nittany Lions hold a 12-5-1 record in the major bowls (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, and Cotton). Their ten bowl appearances from the 1998-2011 seasons were vacated in the due to misconduct during the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

Coach Joe Paterno was responsible for most of these bids and victories, compiling more wins (18) and appearances (28) than any other coach in Penn State history, with a bowl record of 18-8-1. Paterno also has a record of 12-4-0 in "major" bowls.

Bowl gamesEdit

Year* Coach Bowl Game Result
1923 Hugo Bezdek Rose Bowl Loss
1948 Bob Higgins Cotton Bowl Classic Tie
1959 Rip Engle Liberty Bowl Win
1960 Rip Engle Liberty Bowl Win
1961 Rip Engle Gator Bowl Win
1962 Rip Engle Gator Bowl Loss
1967 Joe Paterno Gator Bowl Tie
1969 Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Win
1970 Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Win
1972 Joe Paterno Cotton Bowl Classic Win
1972 Joe Paterno Sugar Bowl Loss
1974 Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Win
1975 Joe Paterno Cotton Bowl Classic Win
1976 Joe Paterno Sugar Bowl Loss
1976 Joe Paterno Gator Bowl Loss
1977 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1979 Joe Paterno Sugar Bowl Loss
1979 Joe Paterno Liberty Bowl Win
1980 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1982 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1983 Joe Paterno Sugar Bowl Win
1983 Joe Paterno Aloha Bowl Win
1986 Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Loss
1987 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1988 Joe Paterno Citrus Bowl Loss
1989 Joe Paterno Holiday Bowl Win
1990 Joe Paterno Blockbuster Bowl Loss
1992 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1993 Joe Paterno Blockbuster Bowl Loss
1994 Joe Paterno Citrus Bowl Win
1995 Joe Paterno Rose Bowl Win
1996 Joe Paterno Outback Bowl Win
1997 Joe Paterno Fiesta Bowl Win
1998 Joe Paterno Citrus Bowl Loss
1999 Joe Paterno Outback Bowl Vacated**
1999 Joe Paterno Alamo Bowl Vacated**
2003 Joe Paterno Capital One Bowl Loss
2006 Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Vacated**
2007 Joe Paterno Outback Bowl Vacated**
2007 Joe Paterno Alamo Bowl Vacated**
2009 Joe Paterno Rose Bowl Loss
2010 Joe Paterno Capital One Bowl Vacated**
2011 Joe Paterno Outback Bowl Loss
2012 Tom Bradley TicketCity Bowl Loss

* Year corresponds to the calendar year in which the game was played, not necessarily the football season (e.g.: the 2007 Outback Bowl was played during the 2006 season).

** Penn State was forced to vacate all wins from the 1998 to 2011 seasons due to the findings of how the football program handled the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

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