Penn St. Heads to Rose Bowl; Paterno Not Retiring

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2008 10:23 PM CST
Penn State's Stephfon Green (21) runs for a first down as Michigan State players give chase during the first half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.    (Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – After securing a trip to the Rose Bowl with a decisive 49-18 win today over No. 17 Michigan State, Penn State coach Joe Paterno gave his fans another reason to smile. "I'm planning on coming back, yeah," said the 81-year-old Paterno. "I never planned otherwise." Rumors had swirled for weeks as to whether today's game might be JoePa's last at Beaver Stadium.

In the game, Daryll Clark threw for career-highs of 341 yards and four touchdowns and a stingy Penn State defense held Javon Ringer to a season-low 42 yards. The victory gives the Nittany Lions a share of the Big 10 title and secures their first trip to Pasadena since 1995.