The Penn State Nittany Lions and Florida Gators will square-off in the 25th Anniversary Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
“When you talk about tradition and history of college football it just doesn’t get any better than Penn State and the University of Florida,” said Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. “It’s our 25th anniversary game and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate it on New Year’s Day than with Coach Paterno’s Nittany Lions and Coach Urban Meyer’s Gators.”
“The Gators and Nittany Lions, this is a dream match-up between two of the most storied programs in all of college football,” adds Bowl Chairman Mitch Shriber. “This should be a great one!”
The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM at Raymond James Stadium.
Lori Shontz, senior editor of the Penn Stater Alumni Magazine, wrote an excellent article in her blog about Penn State’s school mascot, the Nittany Lion. Recently, the shrine underwent digital 3D scanning, which will enable it to be rebuilt or repaired in the event of severe damage. The university wanted to be able to preserve the 70 year-old sculpture, a gift from the senior class of 1940. This way, if any damage were ever inflicted on the mascot, Penn State could recreate the Lion from the 3D CAD model. They decided to bring in professionals from SURVICE Metrology. SURVICE Metrology is a close partner of Nikon Metrology and they used a Nikon Metrology Optical CMM to scan this beast of a mascot. Now that this project is complete, there are plans to possibly animate the mascot.
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