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Penn St. Heads to Rose Bowl; Paterno Not Retiring

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2008 10:23 PM CST
Penn St. Heads to Rose Bowl; Paterno Not Retiring
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)

(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.

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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. (Read more Penn State stories.)

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