Penn State Scoops Up Win Over Vols
by Mike Mitchell
An 88-yard fumble return with 10:01 left in the game broke a 10-10 tie and Penn State went on to a 20-10 Outback Bowl win over Tennessee.
The Nittany Lions' Tony Hunt ran for 157 yards, his eighth game this season of at least 130 yards. Anthony Morelli was 14-of-25 for 198 yards and a touchdown to Andrew Quarless. Kevin Kelly, who missed on kicks from 54 and 50 yards when was the score was tied 10-10, added a 22-yarder with 3:29 left in the game. He also made a 34-yard field goal early in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3.
Joe Paterno, who turned 80 on December 21, coached from the booth as he recovers from the broken leg he suffered when he was hit on the sideline at Wisconsin on November 4.
It was Penn State's 22nd win in 33 bowl appearances under Paterno.
Tennessee had three turnovers, but none more costly than Arian Foster's fumble at the Nittany Lion 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Tony Davis scooped it up and raced down the sideline for the game-changing score.
Foster's fumble in the second quarter also set up Penn State's first field goal.
Erik Ainge was 25-of-37 for 267 yards, 0 TD's and 1 INT, but star receiver Robert Meachem was kept quite with just 3 receptions
for 27 yards.
Penn State is now 3-0 in the Outback Bowl and Paterno is 16-6 in New Year's Day games. Tennessee is just 3-6 in its last nine bowl games.