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Most importantly, the game marked the beginning of an almost uninterrupted streak of Penn State bowl appearance.  Beginning with that game, PennState has appeared in a bowl game in 42 45 out of 54 59 seasons.

Joe Paterno’s first team (1966) did not qualify for a bowl game, but in 1967 he coached his first bowl team in a 17-17 Gator Bowl tie with FloridaState.  A key moment of that game occurred in the third quarter with Penn State leading 17-0.  After stopping the Seminoles with a goal line stand, Paterno elected to gamble on a fourth down short yardage play deep in Penn State territory.  The gamble failed, and Florida State stormed back to tie the game on a last-second field goal.