1992 Fiesta Bowl

Penn State 42, Tennessee 17

1992 fiesta bowl
January 1, 1992

Attendance: 71,133

Offensive Player of the Game: O.J. McDuffie, Penn State

Defensive Player of the Game: Reggie Givens, Penn State

Sportsmanship Award: Earnest Fields, Tennessee

Head Coaches: Joe Paterno, Penn State - Johnny Majors, Tennessee

Weather: Sunny

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $2,080,000

In the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, Penn State proved that it really is never over until it’s over.

The Nittany Lions were dominated and outplayed by a determined Tennessee team after two-and-a-half quarters falling behind, 17-7, and being outgained 324-59 in total yardage.

But Penn State erupted for five touchdowns in a span of seven minutes and 49 seconds to post a 42-17 victory over a stunned Volunteer football team.

The win gave the Nittany Lions a perfect 5-0 mark in trips to Tempe for the Fiesta Bowl.

Penn State quarterback Tony Sacca completed only 11 passes on the day, but four of those went for touchdowns, including three during the scoring frenzy.

However, it was the PSU defense that led the team to the come-from-behind victory. Linebacker Keith Goganious set a Fiesta Bowl record with 14 solo tackles in the game, and Reggie Givens had a touchdown on an interception return and recovered a fumble which resulted in a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Penn State began its triumphant come-back with 4:55 left in the third quarter. Following a short drive, Sacca hit Chip LaBarca with a three-yard TD toss and after a turnover, threw a 13-yarder to Kyle Brady that gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good.

Richie Anderson added a two-yard TD scamper, and O.J. McDuffie, the offensive player of the game, added a 37-yard TD reception to sandwich the interception return by Givens and complete the scoring.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Penn State
7
0
14
21
42
Tennessee
10
0
7
0
17

Yardstick

TENN
PSU
25
First Downs
12
45-171
Rushes-Yards
37-76
270
Passing Yards
150
21-43-1
Passes
11-28-0
49
Return Yards
104
6-36.3
Punts
9-47.9
5-3
Fumbles-Lost
0-0
3-34
Penalties-Yards
3-36

How They Scored

TENN
PSU
0
7
Sam Gash 10 yard pass from Tony Sacca (Craig Fayak kick)
7
7
James Stewart 1 yard run (John Becksvoort kick)
10
7
Becksvoort 24 yard field goal
17
7
Cory Fleming 44 yard pass from Andy Kelly (Becksvoort kick)
17
14
Chip LaBarca 3 yard pass from Sacca (Fayak kick)
17
21
Kyle Brady 13 yard pass from Sacca (Fayak kick)
17
28
Richie Anderson 2 yard run (Fayak kick)
17
35
Reggie Givens 23 yard interception return (Fayak kick)
17
42
O.J. McDuffie 37 yard pass from Sacca (Fayak kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
TENN
James Stewart 15-84, Aaron Hayden 13-56, Ken Campbell 3-23, Craig Faulkner 2-21, Mose Phillips 3-6, Mario Brunson 2-5, Heath Shuler 1-(-1), Tom Hutton 1-(-5), Andy Kelly 5-(-18).
PSU
Richie Anderson 17-57, Sam Gash 7-15, J.T. Morris 3-15, Shelly Hammonds 1-10, Gerry Collins 4-7, Tony Sacca 5-(-28).
Passing
TENN
Andy Kelly 20-40-1-273, Heath Shuler 1-3-0-(-3).
PSU
Tony Sacca 11-28-0-150.
Receiving
TENN
Carl Pickens 8-100, J.J. McCleskey 4-36, Cory Fleming 2-68, Craig Faulkner 2-17, Mose Phillips 2-8, Lloyd Kerr 1-27, James Stewart 1-10, Mark Adams 1-4.
PSU
O.J. McDuffie 4-78, Troy Drayton 3-35, Kyle Brady 1-13, Richie Anderson 1-11, Sam Gash 1-10, Chip LaBarca 1-3.