Outback Bowl

January 01, 1996

No. 15 Penn State (8-3) vs. No. 16 Auburn (8-3)

Site: Tampa, Fla.

Time: 11 a.m. today

TV: ESPN

Line: Penn State by 2 1/2

Players to watch:

Bobby Engram, Penn State: The owner of eight school receiving records, Engram caught 63 passes for 1,084 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Stephen Davis, Auburn: The 6-2, 233-pound senior carried 181 times for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught three passes for scores.

Best win:

Penn State 24, Michigan State 20: Quarterback Wally Richardson completed 11 passes in a 73-yard drive in the final 1:45, capping the march with 4-yard touchdown pass to Engram with 8 seconds left. The victory in the season finale gave the Nittany Lions a spot in the Outback Bowl.

Auburn 31, Alabama 27: The Tigers claimed the state's bragging rights by stopping a last-minute Alabama drive at the 22-yard line.

Outlook:

Both teams are capable of big things on offense but questionable on defense. The Nittany Lions have momentum from ending the season with victories over Michigan and Michigan State but gave up 20 or more points eight times. In its last four Southeastern Conference games, Auburn allowed 34.3 points per game.

Results:

.................... Penn State ..................

24 ................. Texas Tech .................. 23

66 ................. Temple ...................... 14

59 ................. at Rutgers .................. 34

9 .................. Wisconsin ................... 17

25 ................. Ohio State .................. 28

26 ................. at Purdue ................... 23

41 ................. at Iowa ..................... 27

45 ................. Indiana ..................... 21

10 ................. at Northwestern ............. 21

27 ................. Michigan .................... 17

24 ................. Michigan St. ................ 20

.................... Auburn ......................

46 ................. Mississippi ................. 13

76 ................. Tenn.-Chattanooga ........... 10

6 .................. at LSU ...................... 12

42 ................. at Kentucky ................. 21

48 ................. Mississippi St. ............. 20

38 ................. Florida ..................... 49

34 ................. Western Michigan ............ 13

28 ................. at Arkansas ................. 30

38 ................. NE Louisiana ................ 14

37 ................. at Georgia .................. 31

31 ................. Alabama ..................... 27

Statistical comparison:

...................... Aub .................... PSU

Record own ........... 8-3 .................... 8-3

...... opp. .......... 66-55 .................. 66-53

Rushing own .......... 196 .................... 209

....... opp. ......... 151 .................... 120

Passing own .......... 264 .................... 212

....... opp. ......... 235 .................... 237

Turnovers own ........ 1.5 .................... 1.4

......... opp. ....... 1.6 .................... 2.1

Margin ............... 16.7 ................... 10.1

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