Site: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Time: 8 tonight
TV: Chs. 13, 9
Line: Texas by 1
Players to watch:
Curtis Enis, Penn State: He ran for 1,210 yards and 14 TDs.
James Brown, Texas: He had a huge second half of the season and finished with 17 TD passes and 2,468 yards.
Penn State 29, Michigan 17: Penn State's defense forced five second-half turnovers and blocked a punt as the No. 11 Nittany Lions beat the No. 16 Wolverines. Penn State had four interceptions, recovered one fumble and returned a blocked punt for the go-ahead touchdown.
Texas 37, Nebraska 27: In the inaugural Big 12 Conference championship game, James Brown baffled the third-ranked Cornhuskers with 353 passing yards, including a 66-yard touchdown pass and a daring fourth-down 61-yard completion. The loss knocked the Cornhuskers out of a Sugar Bowl matchup with No. 1 Florida State and put the Longhorns into the Alliance.
Outlook: Penn State coach Joe Paterno is 17-8-1 in bowl games. The 17 wins are an NCAA record. Penn State has forced 17 turnovers in its past four games. The Lions are 5-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. Texas has won 20 straight when rushing for 200 yards. The Longhorns have blocked six kicks (five punts and one FG), a school record. In his last eight games, Brown has thrown for 1,989 yards and 13 TDs, completing 59 percent of his passes.
Pub Date: 1/01/97