Who: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 13 Louisiana State
When: Tomorrow, 1 o'clock
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Radio: WNTP (990-AM); WNPV (1440-AM)
Records: LSU 9-3 overall, 5-3 Southeastern Conference; Penn State 10-2, 6-2 Big Ten
History: In the only previous meeting, in the Jan. 1, 1974, Orange Bowl, the Nittany Lions and Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti completed a 12-0 season by edging the Tigers, 16-9, on a rain-slicked field.
Coaches: Les Miles (51-14 in five seasons at LSU, 79-35 in nine seasons overall); Joe Paterno (393-129-3 in 44 seasons at Penn State)
About LSU: Miles' staff is in transition, with wide-receivers coach Billy Gonzales coming over from Florida and running-backs coach Frank Wilson from Tennessee since the conclusion of the regular season . . . In LSU's most recent Capital One Bowl appearance, on Jan. 1, 2005, Iowa scored on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Drew Tate to Warren Holloway on the game's final play to win, 30-25. That was the final game as LSU coach for Nick Saban, who is now at Alabama . . . Left tackle Ciron Black will be making his 53rd consecutive start, a school record. The 6-5, 320-pounder received the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top blocker this season.
About Penn State: Several Lions are sensitive to the fact they did not defeat a nationally ranked team during the season, which is why some observers aren't giving their team full credit for a 10-win season. "A lot's been said about us not being able to win the big game," said quarterback Daryll Clark, the Big Ten's co-Most Valuable Player (along with Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham) who went 0-4 against Ohio State and Iowa in his two seasons as a starter. "We asked for a big game against a worthy opponent, and we found it in LSU. For us to win this game would mean a lot to our program, for our fans, for us" . . . Clark, incidentally, has a school-record 2,787 yards passing on the season and can reach the 3,000-yard mark with a 213-yard performance . . . Sophomore defensive end Jack Crawford will be giving away 64 pounds and a whole lot of experience in his marquee matchup with massive LSU tackle Ciron Black. Crawford, a 6-5, 256-pound sophomore from Longport, N.J., by way of his native London, is in only his fourth year of football, but he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten after registering 5 1/2 sacks and 13 1/2 tackles for loss.