Penn State Loses to Florida in Outback Bowl

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Paterno

    Urban Meyer closed out a highly successful run at Florida that included a pair of national championships by leading the Gators back from a second-half deficit to beat Joe Paterno and Penn State 37-24 in the Outback Bowl on Saturday.

    Omarius Hines and Mike Gillislee ran for touchdowns, Chas Henry kicked three second-half field goals, and Ahmad Black scored on an 80-yard interception return to help Florida (8-5) send Meyer out on a winning note.

    The 46-year-old coach resigned last month because of health concerns and to spend more time with his family.

    In the week leading up to the game, the legendary Paterno repeatedly shrugged off rumors that the Outback Bowl could be the 84-year-old's last for Penn State (7-6).