Tampa, FL - Jan. 1, 2007
ESPN, 11 a.m. ET
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Jim Donnan Penn State's defense was outstanding in the Outback Bowl. It was able to get pressure on Vols quarterback Erik Ainge and force three turnovers. The Nittany Lions pass rush matched up well with Tennessee's offense and kept the Vols from making big plays. Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli had a good game, establishing the passing game early and making plays to keep the chains moving. Running back Tony Hunt continued to impress as he's done all year. When the Lions are able to get something out of the passing game, it eases the pressure on Hunt. He took the team on his back in that last drive. Overall, Penn State was well prepared, having added a few new wrinkles on offense, and did what it needed to do to win the game. -- Jim Donnan

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Anthony Morelli
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Anthony Morelli threw for 197 yards and a touchdown.
Lions' Tale
With injured coach Joe Paterno watching from the press box, Penn State controlled the ball and the clock for a convincing win against No. 17 Tennessee, 20-10. JoePa increased his record for most bowl wins (22) by a coach. Final
It was over when ...

Tony Davis returned a Vols fumble 88 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to break open the game.

Game ball goes to ...

The Penn State defense, which held a usually explosive Tennessee offense to just 89 yards on the ground and forced QB Erik Ainge to throw an interception. Ainge finished the day without a TD pass.

Stat of the game ...

3. Tennessee, which ranks 13th in the nation in turnovers lost -- giving up just 17 all season -- finished the game with an uncharacteristic three turnovers.

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