Penn State and Oklahoma have met twice, both in bowl games, and Oklahoma has come out on top both times. On New Year’s Eve 1972, beat Penn State 14-0 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-1 and drop the Nittany Lions to 10-2.
Then, on New Year’s Day 1986, No. 1 Penn State met No. 3 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The Nittany Lions came in 11-0 with the national championship on the line but fell 25-10 to the 10-1 Sooners who claimed the national title with an 11-1 record.
Penn State was shut out in the second half by the Brian Bosworth-led defense of Oklahoma. Now that the Sooners are in the SEC and the playoff is expanding, the two teams could have a good chance of meeting.
In 2023, many people projected that Oklahoma and Penn State would meet in a New Year’s Six Bowl, but instead, the Nittany Lions drew Ole Miss and Oklahoma fell to Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.