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VRBO Citrus Bowl: No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky
January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmVarious prices
The seventh-oldest collegiate bowl game in the country returns on New Year’s Day in Orlando. The VRBO Citrus Bowl matches No. 12 Penn State from the Big Ten Conference and No. 14 Kentucky from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Penn State will be on the WEST sideline of Camping World Stadium, with its band in section 143.
Kentucky will be on the EAST sideline of Camping World Stadium, with its band in section 151.
This year’s VRBO Citrus Bowl will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Nittany Lions and Wildcats and the first since Penn State’s 26-14 win in the 1999 Outback Bowl. Penn State leads the all-time series between the teams 3-2. The Nittany Lions are 2-3 in five previous Citrus Bowl appearances, with the most recent coming in 2010 against LSU. Kentucky will be making its Orlando bowl debut.
The Nittany Lions have thrived this season on the strength of one of the nation’s top defenses. Penn State has held opponents to 20 points per game on the year and ranks second nationally in sacks and fourth nationally in tackles for loss.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Nittany Lions are paced by running back Miles Sanders, who ranks 15th nationally and second in the Big Ten with 1,223 rushing yards this season. Penn State has also seen steady production from quarterback Trace McSorley, who has thrown for 2,284 yards and rushed for 723 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns.
Kentucky’s 9-3 record, meanwhile, is the team’s best since 1977. The Wildcats rank eighth nationally in scoring defense at just 16.3 points allowed per game and allow just 181.3 passing yards per game, good for 17th nationally. Linebacker Josh Allen also leads the SEC with 14 sacks on the season.
Offensively, the Wildcats are led by running back Benny Snell, Jr., who ranks 12th nationally with 1,305 rushing yards this year. Sophomore receiver Lynn Bowden, Jr. led the team with 661 receiving yards on 61 receptions – the most catches for a Wildcat since Randall Cobb (84) in 2010.
To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry, a ‘clear bag’ policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the Camping World Stadium will be in effect. Please visit www.citrusbowlorlando.com for more information. All children that have reached their second birthday by the date of the event must have a ticket for entry.