Evan Royster broke a tie with a 38-yard touchdown run and Penn State erased an early 14-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 24-17 at the Alamo Bowl. That made legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno a winner in his 500th game as coach.
Paterno, college football's leader with 34 bowl appearances, led the Nittany Lions in a thriller that brought him his record 23rd postseason win.
Texas A&M's Stephen McGee led a 15-play drive to the Penn State two before the drive ended on fourth-and-goal after slipping on an option play with about eight minutes left.
The Nittany Lions secured their third straight bowl victory and spoiled Gary Darnell's one-game stint as Aggies interim head coach. Darnell took over when Dennis Franchione resigned. Texas A&M has hired Mike Sherman, currently offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, to take over as head coach in 2008.