Penn State Nittany Lions Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Adam Taylor McKillop
Penn State bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Penn State bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / Butch Dill / Associated Press
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Bowl season is underway after an exciting 2022 college football campaign. One successful program taking part in the festivieis is the Penn State Nittany Lions, who will face Utah in the Rose Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2.

Here's everything you need to know about Penn State's bowl game history before making its next appearance.

Penn State Bowl Game History

Penn State has frequented the college football postseason throughout its history. The Nittany Lions have played in 51 bowls prior to facing Utah.

The Nittany Lions made their first bowl appearance in 1923, falling to USC in the Rose Bowl 14-3.

Penn State has also won two of their last four bowl appearances. Most recently, the Nittany Lions lost to Arkansas 24-10 in last year's Outback Bowl.

Penn State Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Penn State owns a 30-19-2 all-time record (60.8%) in bowl games ahead of facing Utah. Check out the school's full bowl results below:

  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1923): USC 14, Penn State 3
  • Cotton Bowl (Jan. 1, 1948): Penn State 13, SMU 13
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 19, 1959): Penn State 7, Alabama 0
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 17, 1960): Penn State 41, Oregon 12
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 30, 1961): Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 29, 1962): Florida 17, Penn State 7
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1967): Penn State 17, Florida State 17
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1969): Penn State 15, Kansas 14
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1970): Penn State 10, Missour 3
  • Cotton Bowl (Jan. 1, 1972): Penn State 30, Texas 6
  • Sugar Bowl (Dec. 31, 1972): Oklahoma 14, Penn State 0
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1974): Penn State 16, LSU 9
  • Cotton Bowl (Jan. 1, 1975): Penn State 41, Baylor 20
  • Sugar Bowl (Dec. 31, 1975): Alabama 13, Penn State 6
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 27, 1976): Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
  • Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 25, 1977): Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 22, 1979): Alabama 14, Penn State 7
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 22, 1979): Penn State 9, Tulane 6
  • Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 26, 1980): Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 1982): Penn State 26, USC 10
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1983): Penn State 27, Georgia 23
  • Aloha Bowl (Dec. 26, 1983): Penn State 13, Washington 10
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1986): Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, 1987): Penn State 14, Miami 10
  • Citrus Bowll (Jan. 1 1988): Clemson 35, Penn State 10
  • Holiday Bowl (Dec. 29, 1989): Penn State 50, BYU 39
  • Blockbuster Bowl (Dec. 28, 1990): Florida State 24, Penn State 17
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 1992): Penn State 42, Tennessee 17
  • Blockbuster Bowl (Jan. 1, 1993): Stanford 24, Penn State 3
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1994): Penn State 31, Tennessee 13
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, 1995): Penn State 38, Oregon 20
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 1996): Penn State 43, Auburn 14
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 1997): Penn State 38, Texas 15
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1998): Florida 21, Penn State 6
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 1999): Penn State 26, Kentucky 14
  • Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29, 1999): Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0
  • Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1, 2003): Auburn 13, Penn State 9
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 3, 2006): Penn State 26, Florida State 23
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2007): Penn State 20, Tennessee 10
  • Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29, 2007): Penn State 24, Texas A&M 17
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 2009): USC 38, Penn State 24
  • Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1, 2010): Penn State 19, LSU 17
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2011): Florida 37, Penn State 24
  • Ticket City Bowl (Jan. 2, 2012): Houston 30, Penn State 14
  • Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28, 2014): Penn State 31, Boston College 30
  • TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2, 2016): Georgia 24, Penn State 17
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, 2017): USC 52, Penn State 49
  • Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30, 2017): Penn State 35, Washington 28
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 2019): Kentucky 27, Penn State 24
  • Cotton Bowl (Dec. 28, 2019): Penn State 53, Memphis 39
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2022): Arkansas 24, Penn State 10
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, 2023): Penn State TBD, Utah TBD

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