01/02/2012 11:51 am ET

TicketCity Bowl 2012 Live Updates: Penn State vs. Houston

Earlier this season, it certainly looked as if Penn State and Houston were headed toward bigger things. Bigger bowls, to be more specific. But after two conference losses in the last three games for PSU and a shock loss for Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game, these teams will meet in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl.

Despite a horrifying child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State University, Penn State President Rodney Erickson and interim head coach Tom Bradley believed the current Nittany Lions players deserved to play in a bowl game.

Penn State is led by sophomore running back Silas Redd -- who is fully healthy after getting banged up in November and rushing for 703 rush yards in October (most in the nation) -- and the fifth ranked defense in points allowed.

The Nittany Lions defense faces a tough task today, considering Houston leads the nation in scoring (50.8 ppg) and total yards (599 ypg). Cougars star quarterback Case Keenum leads the relentless Houston offense and threw for an astounding 45 touchdowns, 5,099 yards and just five interceptions!

Who do you think will win this battle? Will this group of Penn State players cap its roller coaster season with a bowl win? Or will Houston roll over a major conference team?

Stay tuned here for live updates throughout the game and tweet to @HuffPostSports to join in the conversation.

01/02/2012 3:35 PM EST


Bolden throws the ball away on fourth down and gives the ball back to Houston with 44 seconds left. That will do it fokls. HOUSTON WINS TICKETCITY BOWL 30-14 AND THEY BREAK 9 RECORDS IN THE PROCESS!!!

01/02/2012 3:33 PM EST

Taking Their Shots

Bolden takes two shots to the end zone and both deep passes fall incomplete. Offensive holding on the last play will extend the drive. On 3rd and 14, Bolden is forced to throw it away.

01/02/2012 3:31 PM EST

On The Run

Bolden takes off and rushes for 19 yards to Houston's 36 yard line. 1:44 left.

01/02/2012 3:30 PM EST

Under 2 Minutes

Bolden is hit as he throws and the ball falls incomplete.

01/02/2012 3:30 PM EST

Punt Return

Moye returns the punt and takes it down the right sideline for 20 yards. Ball is on their own 40.

01/02/2012 3:28 PM EST


Houston calls timeout on 4th and 15 just before the delay of game penalty is called.

01/02/2012 3:28 PM EST

Keenum Goes Down

He's not injured, but he just ran back a couple yards, saw he was going to have to throw it away so he instead just slid to the ground to keep the clock running. Keenum has been named player of the game.

01/02/2012 3:26 PM EST

@ Ben_Jones88 :

Penn State has now thrown 8 interceptions in their past 2 bowl games.

01/02/2012 3:26 PM EST


Phillip Steward picks off Bolden by midfield. He was just trying to make something happen but forced the throw into coverage. Add a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty and Houston is in PSU territory.

01/02/2012 3:24 PM EST

3rd and 1

Green quickly runs to his left again and gets two yards and a first down.