Penn State beats LSU with late field goal
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Collin Wagner kicked his career-high fourth field goal today, a 21-yarder with 57 seconds to play, lifting No. 11 Penn State to a 19-17 come-from-behind victory over No. 13 LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
Wagner also kicked field goals of 26, 18 and 20 yards for Penn State, which blew a 13-point third-quarter lead before rallying for the win on the soggy turf at Citrus Bowl Stadium.
The Nittany Lions finished the year 11-2, while the Tigers ended up 9-4.
The Tigers had taken their first lead of the day with 12:49 to play in the fourth quarter when tailback Stevan Ridley scored on a 1-yard run.
One play earlier, quarterback Jordan Jefferson tossed a 39-yard pass to wide receiver Terrance Toliver on a third-and-10 play. Toliver had slipped behind Penn State free safety Nick Sukay to snag the pass along the right sideline at the 1.
LSU had pulled to within 16-10 with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Jefferson tossed a 24-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Brandon LaFell. He beat free safety Drew Astorino on a slant pattern inside.
A few minutes earlier, Penn State had stretched its lead to 16-3. Outside linebacker Sean Lee's fumble recovery helped set up Wagner's career-high third field goal, a 20-yarder, with 2:27 remaining.
Penn State led 13-3 at halftime as wide receiver Derek Moye caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daryll Clark in the first quarter and Wagner booted field goals of 26 and 18 yards in the second quarter.
LSU's lone first-half score came on a 25-yard field goal by Josh Jasper early in the second quarter.
First Published January 1, 2010 4:38 pm