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Penn State and Houston to clash in Dallas on January 2

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No. 24 Nittany Lions and No. 20 Cougars to meet in TicketCity Bowl in first bowl game of 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State is heading back to the Lone Star State for its sixth bowl game, as the No. 24/23 Nittany Lions will meet the University of Houston in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on January 2, 2012.

Penn State will be playing in a January bowl game for the 12th time since starting Big Ten Conference play in 1993 and playing in Dallas for the first time since the 1975 Cotton Bowl.

The Nittany Lions and the No. 20/17 Cougars were selected today for their third all-time meeting and first post-season clash. The TicketCity Bowl will kick at 12:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. CT in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium (92,158) and is the first bowl game of 2012. The game will air on ESPNU and the Penn State Sports Network.

"Penn State University's administration believes this opportunity is a fitting acknowledgement of the hard work, dedication and perseverance our student athletes have exhibited during this especially challenging season," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "As Penn State continues to move forward from recent events we are committed to help break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and lead to better protection of our children. We will use revenues received from our Big Ten Conference bowl payout to support our recently announced partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, as well as other related initiatives.

"The Penn State Nittany Lion football team has accepted an invitation to play in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2 in Dallas, and we're very thankful for the TicketCity Bowl selection committee's recognition and support of this year's team and our outstanding institution," said David Joyner, Penn State acting athletic director. "I know that our fans and our team will show Penn State's true colors and character throughout our visit to Dallas and the Metroplex. We also congratulate and look forward to competing against the University of Houston in what should be a great and memorable game for all involved."

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