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Penn State wins sloppy Capital One Bowl

By The Associated Press Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:23 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. — After a sloppy start on a muddy field, Penn State finished with a flourish to win the Capital One Bowl. Collin Wagner kicked a 21-yard field goal with 57 seconds left, and the No. 11 Nittany Lions staved off a last-ditch drive by No. 13 LSU for a 19-17 victory Friday.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno got his record 24th bowl win and handed Les Miles his first loss in five bowls as LSU coach.

This game will be remembered as much for the messy beginning as the dramatic finish. A driving rainstorm at the start of the game made parts of the field look like a mosh pit. Bad footing and dropped passes were normal in the first half, and Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark fumbled the snap exchange twice — both recovered by the Lions.

"That was by far the worst field conditions I’ve ever seen in my life. For them to say this is the best bowl outside the BCS, I would expect to play on the best field outside the BCS,” said LSU receiver Brandon LaFell.

The teams combined for 15 punts — breaking the bowl record of 10 set by Miami, Ohio and Florida in 1973.

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