LG&T: Penn State vs. Kentucky Citrus BowlPosted: Updated:
University Park, P.A. - Despite the disappointment of falling just short for a third straight New Year Six bowl bid, No.12 Penn State football is in prime position to match program history against No. 14 University of Kentucky, in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. The Nittany Lions will look for a third consecutive 10 win and top 10 season for the first time since Joe Paterno led the team, in 1982.
"That's our goal" said Trace McSorley.
"You look at all the great teams who clinch 10 wins every season, like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson. It will put us in a good place for our future and it's a testament to all the hard work we put in this year."
The team's hard work will certainly be tested on Tuesday, when going up against a stellar Kentucky defense who's allowed 16.25 points per game. A defense led by linebacker Josh Allen.
"I followed him on twitter sending him a bunch of directing messages saying hey, you might want to save yourself for the draft" James Franklin joked.
"He's an exceptional pass rusher. He's always creating fumbles. He's extremely active and always running down the ball to the other side of the field" said McSorley.
"It's gonna be a tough challenge for us, but my guys up front understand the type of player he is and they're planning accordingly."
And for the first time since 1999, the two teams will meet, both with chips on their shoulders. Kentucky will look to clinch its first 10 win season in 40 years.
"it's an important game for the both of us. You of course want to win the game, but you want to send the seniors out the right way. That's what is important" said Franklin.
"It's important because it's my last opportunity at PSU and with my brothers. I'm excited" said Amani Oruwariye.