In the end, Penn State's home loss in September to Iowa cost the Nittany Lions a chance at a BCS bowl appearance.

Instead, the Lions (10-2) settled last night for a spot in the Capital One Bowl, to be played Jan. 1 in Orlando, against Louisiana State of the Southeastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Temple found out it would play its first bowl game since 1979 at the EagleBank Bowl Dec. 29 in Washington. The Owls (9-3) will play Army (5-6) if the Cadets defeat Navy on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, or UCLA (6-6) if Army loses to its arch-rival.

The Nittany Lions had held out hopes of being selected by a BCS bowl ahead of Iowa. But the Hawkeyes got the nod, probably because of their win over Penn State and the fact that they finished 10th in the final BCS standings, three spots ahead of the Lions.

A BCS bowl pays out $17 million for each team, compared to $4.25 million each for the Capital One Bowl. Bowl funds are distributed evenly among Big Ten teams.

Penn State will be playing in its 42d bowl game, its 36th with Joe Paterno as head coach. Paterno is 23-11-1 in his career in bowl games, including a 16-7 mark on New Year's Day.

It will mark only the Nittany Lions' second meeting against LSU. The two teams played in the 1974 Orange Bowl, won by Penn State, 16-9, the final collegiate game for Heisman winner John Cappelletti.

The Tigers wrapped up a 9-3 regular season Nov. 28 with a 33-30 overtime victory over Arkansas. They finished 5-3 in the SEC, losing to Alabama and Florida - the opponents in Saturday's conference championship game - as well as Mississippi.

Temple earned its bowl bid on the strength of a school-record nine straight victories. A win at the EagleBank Bowl would enable the Owls to tie the school record for most wins in a season, set by their 1979 Garden State Bowl squad, which beat California, 28-17.

It is only the third bowl in Temple history. The Owls played in the first Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1935, losing to Tulane.

If the Cadets qualify, it will mark a rematch. Temple beat Army, 27-13, on Oct. 17 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls have never played UCLA.

Contact staff writer Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or jjuliano@phillynews.com