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Posted Dec 20, 2007


Alamo Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Texas A&M (7-5) vs. Penn State (8-4)

Dec. 29, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Alamo Bowl History
2006 Texas 26, Iowa 24
2005 Nebraska 32, Michigan 28
2004 Ohio State 33, Oklahoma St 7
2003 Nebraska 17, Michigan State 3
2002 Wisconsin 31, Colorado 28
2001 Iowa 19, Texas Tech 16
2000 Nebraska 66, Northwestern 17
1999 Penn State 23, Texas A&M 0
1998 Purdue 37, Kansas St. 34
1997 Purdue 33, Oklahoma St. 20
1996 Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0
1995 Texas A&M 22, Michigan 20
1994 Washington St. 10, Baylor 3
1993 California 37, Iowa 3

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Nittany Lion Bowl Moment: In one of the most memorable bowl games of all-time, Penn State shocked Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to earn its second national championship in four years.  With a record-breaking 70 million viewers watching, the Lions intercepted Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde five times, the last one by Pete Giftopoulos at the Penn State one-yard line to seal an unexpected and heart-stopping 14-10 win.

Best Aggie Bowl Moment: One of the most important wins of the modern era for Texas A&M, the Aggies shackled Heisman winner Tim Brown and defeated No. 12 Notre Dame 35-10 in the 1988 Cotton Bowl.  The A&M attack was spearheaded by a couple of freshmen, QB Bucky Richardson, who was named game MVP, and RB Darren Lewis, who tossed a game-tying touchdown pass on a halfback option. 

Texas A&M's best win ... Texas A&M 38 ... Texas 30
Texas A&M got out to a 17-0 lead on a 35-yard pass play to Mike Goodson and a five-yard T.J. Sanders run, but it was two big pass plays in less than three minutes early in the fourth quarter that put the game away. Stephen McGee ran for a six-yard touchdown with 49 seconds to play in the third quarter, but Texas answered with a 91-yard kickoff return for a score from Quan Cosby. Just nine seconds into the fourth, McGee and Goodson hooked up for a 44-yard score, and on A&M's next drive, McGee connected with Earvin Taylor for a 66-yard bolt of lightning for an insurmountable 21-point lead. Marcus Grffin of Texas and A&M's Mark Dodge each came up with 14 tackles.
Player of the game: Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee completed 25 of 36 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, and ran 15 times for 30 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 25-46, 362 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Mike Goodson, 12-72. Receiving: Earvin Taylor, 7-113, 1 TD
Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 17-32, 229 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Jamaal Charles, 17-92, 1 TD. Receiving: Jamaal Charles, 4-81

Texas A&M's worst performance ... Texas Tech 35 ... Texas A&M 7
Texas A&M held a 7-0 first quarter lead after a long drive ended with a one-yard Jorvorskie Lane touchdown run. That would be all the fun the Aggies would have, as Texas Tech cranked out 35 unanswered points on three Graham Harrell touchdown passes, a one-yard run, and a one-yard Shannon Woods run. .The A&M ground game managed 344 yards, but couldn't keep pace one the Red Raider offense got rolling. Tech's Michael Crabtree didn't score, but he came up with a 54-yard pass play off a slant pattern that led to the Woods touchdown run with 25 left in the first half for a 21-7 Red Raider lead.
Player of the game: Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell completed 30 of 37 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a score
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 17-30, 133 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Stephen McGee, 14-89. Receiving: Martellus Bennett, 4-35
Texas Tech - Passing: Graham Harrell, 30-37, 425 yds, 3 TD
Rushing:
Shannon Woods, 21-93, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Crabtree,
8-170

Penn State's best win ...
Penn State 38 ... Wisconsin 7
Penn State dominated from the word go, forcing a P.J. Hill fumble on Wisconsin's first carry, and converting three plays later with a one-yard Matt Hahn touchdown run. The Badgers closed it to 10-7 at the end of the first quarter on a one-yard Hill run, but did nothing else the rest of the day, as Penn State scored the final 28 points on a 29-yard Deon Butler touchdown catch, a 19-yard Evan Royster scoring run, and short scored from Rodney Kinlaw and Daryll Clerk.
Player of the game: Penn State QB Anthony Morelli completed 16 of 28 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin - Passing: Tyler Donovan, 16-29, 220 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: P.J. Hill, 19-75, 1 TD. Receiving: Kyle Jefferson, 6-124
Penn State - Passing: Anthony Morelli, 16-28, 216 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Rodney Kinlaw, 23-115, 1 TD. Receiving: Deon Butler, 7-93, 1 TD


Penn State's worst performance ...
Michigan State 35 ... Penn State 31
Down 24-7 at halftime, Michigan State rallied with 28 second half points on three of Brian Hoyer's four touchdown passes, and a one-yard Jehuu Caulcrick scoring run. Devin Thomas scored from 12, 33 and 26 yards out for the Spartans with two coming in the second half rally. Penn State started out hot, and kept pace for a while, with Deon Butler scoring from 37 yards out, Rodney Kinlaw getting two four-yard touchdown runs, and even getting a five-yard touchdown run from PK Kevin Kelly on a direct snap. The Nittany Lions had the ball with one final shot at pulling it out, but the drive stalled and MSU pulled out the stunner.
Player of the game: Michigan State WR Devin Thomas caught seven passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Penn State - Passing: Anthony Morelli, 16-35, 188 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rodney Kinlaw, 28-125, 2 TD. Receiving: Rodney Kinlaw, 4-22
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 16-21, 257 yds, 4 TD
Rushing:
Jehuu Caulcrick, 22-99, 1 TD. Receiving: Devin Thomas, 7-139, 3 TD


2006 Alamo Bowl
Texas 26 ... Iowa 24

Texas overcame a rough start and held on by running off most of the final few minutes once the momentum had shifted. Iowa came out on fire going 77 yards in nine plays finishing with a one-yard Albert Young run and getting a 63-yard catch-and-run for a score from Andy Brodell for an early 14-0 lead. Texas slowed down the bleeding with a 27-yard Ryan Bailey field goal, but needed a big break as Iowa appeared to go up 21-3 on a pass to Scott Chandler that was called back on a questionable penalty. Iowa didn't score, and Texas took advantage going 80 yards in 13 plays finishing with a 20-yard scoring pass to Limas Sweed in the final minute of the first half. The Longhorns finally took the lead midway through the third quarter on a 72-yard touchdown catch from Jamaal Charles, but Iowa came back to retake the lead on a 23-yard Brodell catch. Texas answered on its next drive finishing a long drive with a two-yard Selvin Young touchdown run. Iowa pulled within two on a 38-yard field goal with 6:20 to play, but couldn't get back in scoring range.
Player of the game ... Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 26 of 40 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 26-40, 308 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Jamaal Charles, 4-26. Receiving: Jermichael Finley, 8-46
Iowa - Passing: Drew Tate, 15-25, 274 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Albert Young, 13-64, 1 TD  Receiving: Andy Brodell, 6-159, 2 TD


Penn State Bowl History (25-12-2)
2007 Outback Penn State 20, Tennessee 10
2006 Orange Penn State 26, Florida State 23 (3 OT)
2002 Capital One Auburn 13, Penn State 9
1999 Alamo Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0
1998 Outback Penn State 26, Kentucky 14
1997 Citrus Florida 21, Penn State 6
1996 Fiesta Penn State 38, Texas 15
1995 Outback Penn State 43, Auburn 14
1994 Rose Penn State 38, Oregon 20
1993 Citrus Penn State 31, Tennessee 13
1992 Blockbuster Stanford 24, Penn State 3
1991 Fiesta Penn State 42, Tennessee 17
1990 Blockbuster Florida State 24, Penn State 17
1989 Holiday Penn State 50, BYU 39
1987 Citrus Clemson 35, Penn State 10
1986 Fiesta Penn State 14, Miami (Fla.) 10
1985 Orange Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
1983 Aloha Penn State 13, Washington 10
1982 Sugar Penn State 27, Georgia 23
1981 Fiesta Penn State 26, USC 10
1980 Fiesta Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
1979 Liberty Penn State 9, Tulane 6
1978 Sugar Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1977 Fiesta Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1976 Gator Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
1975 Sugar Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1974 Cotton Penn State 41, Baylor 20
1973 Orange Penn State 16, LSU 9
1972 Sugar Oklahoma 14, Penn State
1971 Cotton Penn State 30, Texas 6
1969 Orange Penn State 10, Missouri 3
1968 Orange Penn State 15, Kansas 14
1967 Gator Penn State 17, Florida State 17
1962 Gator Florida 17, Penn State 7
1961 Gator Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
1960 Liberty Penn State 14, Oregon 12
1959 Liberty Penn State 7, Alabama 0
1947 Cotton Penn State 13, SMU 13
1922 Rose USC 14, Penn State 3
Texas A&M Bowl History (13-16)
2006 Holiday California 45, Texas A&M 10
2004 Cotton Tennessee 38, Texas A&M 7
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Texas A&M 28, TCU 9
2000 Independence Miss St 43, Texas A&M 41 (OT)
1999 Alamo Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0
1998 Sugar Ohio State 24, Texas A&M 14
1997 Cotton UCLA 29, Texas A&M 23
1995 Alamo Texas A&M 22, Michigan 20
1993 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21
1992 Cotton Notre Dame 28, Texas A&M 3
1991 Cotton Florida State 10, Texas A&M 2
1990 Holiday Texas A&M 65, BYU 14
1989 John Hancock Pittsburgh 31, Texas A&M 28
1987 Cotton Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
1986 Cotton Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 12
1985 Cotton Texas A&M 36, Auburn 16
1981 Independence Texas A&M 33, Oklahoma State 16
1978 Hall of Fame Texas A&M 28, Iowa State 12
1977 Bluebonnet USC 47, Texas A&M 28
1976 Sun Texas A&M 37, Florida 14
1975 Liberty USC 20, Texas A&M 0
1967 Cotton Alabama 20, Texas A&M 16
1957 Gator Tennessee 3, Texas A&M 0
1950 Presidential Texas A&M 40, Georgia 20
1943 Orange LSU 19, Texas A&M 14
1941 Cotton Alabama 29, Texas A&M 21
1940 Cotton Texas A&M 13, Fordham 12
1939 Sugar Texas A&M 14, Tulane 13
1921 Dixie Classic Texas A&M 22, Centre 14

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