1983 Sugar Bowl vs Georgia - Garrity's Leaping Catch
1987 Fiesta Bowl vs Miami - Undefeated National Champs
2010 Regular Season vs Northwestern - Paterno's 400th win
2016 Regular Season vs Ohio State - Blocked and Returned
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1983 Sugar Bowl
Garrity's Leaping Catch
Penn State vs Georgia
27 - 23
1 January, 1983
Paterno led the Nittany Lions into the 1983 Sugar Bowl with hopes of beating #1 Georgia to become national champions. Only leading by 3 early in the 4th quarter, Blackledge came off of a play-action to hit Garrity streaking down the sideline who made a leaping catch to secure the 48 yard touchdown pass and give Penn State a 10 point lead. Georgia wouldn't be able to overcome the deficit as Penn State would win their first ever national championship.
1987 Fiesta Bowl
Undefeated National Champs
Penn State vs Miami
14 - 10
2 January, 1987
Although undefeated throughout the season, Penn State were heavy underdogs against a top ranked Miami team who were also undefeated having outscored opponents 420-136 throughout the season with an offense boasting stars Testaverde and Irvin. However, Penn State's defense shone throughout the game, intercepting Testaverde 5 times including a notable goaline intereception with 18 seconds left to seal the game.
2010 Regular Season
Paterno's 400th win
Penn State vs Northwestern
35 - 21
6 November, 2010
This game couldn't have made Joe Paterno more proud. After trailling by three touchdowns, the Nittany Lions clawed back to 14-21.Then, a 36 yard strike to tie it up would officially cement the comeback as everyone could feel that the game was over. After scoring two more touchdowns, Penn State would win. Joe Pa was officially in a bracket all on his own - 400 wins. The only D-I football coach to ever reach the mark.
2016 Regular Season
Blocked and Returned
Penn State vs Ohio State
24 - 21
22 October, 2016
The first victory over a top 5 ranked team since 1999, this play, game, and season represents the turning point in a post-Paterno era. Penn State would go on to finish the 2016 season ranked 7th, having failed to earn a top 25 ranking the previous 6 seasons. A year later Penn State would continue their climb back towards powerhouse status, achiveing another top-10 rank in 2017.