Penn State Nittany Lions football under Bob Higgins

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Bob Higgins coached the Penn State Nittany Lions football teams from 1930 to 1948. In his nineteen seasons, he compiled a 91–57–11 record and a .607 winning percentage. His teams played their home games at New Beaver Field in State College, Pennsylvania.

1930 season[edit]

1930 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1930 record 3–4–2
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1929 1931 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 27, 1930 Niagara New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 31–14  
October 4, 1930 Lebanon Valley New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 27–0  
October 11, 1930 Marshall New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 65–0  
October 18, 1930 at Lafayette Easton, PA T 0–0  
October 25, 1930 Colgatedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–40  
November 1, 1930 at Bucknell Lewisburg, PA L 7–19  
November 8, 1930 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA T 0–0  
November 15, 1930 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 0–19  
November 26, 1930 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 12–19  
dagger Homecoming

1931 season[edit]

1931 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1931 record 2–8
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1930 1932 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 26, 1931 Waynesburg New Beaver FieldState College, PA L 0–7  
October 3, 1931 Lebanon Valley New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 19–6  
October 10, 1931 at Temple Philadelphia, PA L 0–12  
October 17, 1931 Dickinson New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 6–10  
October 24, 1931 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 0–7  
October 31, 1931 Pittsburghdagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 6–41  
November 8, 1931 Colgate New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 7–32  
November 14, 1931 at Lafayette Easton, PA L 0–33  
November 21, 1931 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV L 0–19  
November 28, 1931 vs. Lehigh Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 31–0  
dagger Homecoming

1932 season[edit]

1932 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1932 record 2–5
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1931 1933 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 1, 1932 Lebanon Valley New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 27–0  
October 8, 1932 Waynesburg New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 6–7  
October 15, 1932 at Harvard Harvard StadiumAllston, MA L 13–46  
October 22, 1932 Syracusedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 6–12  
October 29, 1932 at Colgate Hamilton, NY L 0–31  
November 5, 1932 Sewanee (U. of the South) New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 18–6  
November 12, 1932 at Temple Philadelphia, PA L 12–13  
dagger Homecoming

1933 season[edit]

1933 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1933 record 3–3–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1932 1934 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 7, 1933 Lebanon Valley New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 32–6  
October 14, 1933 Muhlenberg New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–3  
October 21, 1933 Lehighdagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 33–0  
October 28, 1933 at Columbia New York, NY L 0–33  
November 4, 1933 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 6–12  
November 11, 1933 Johns Hopkins New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 40–6  
November 18, 1933 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA T 6–6  
dagger Homecoming

1934 season[edit]

1934 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1934 record 4–4
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1933 1935 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 6, 1934 Lebanon Valley New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 13–0  
October 13, 1934 Gettysburg New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 32–6  
October 20, 1934 at Lehigh Taylor Stadium • Bethlehem, PA W 31–0  
October 27, 1934 at Columbia New York, NY L 7–14  
November 3, 1934 Syracusedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–16  
November 10, 1934 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 0–3  
November 17, 1934 Lafayette New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 25–6  
November 24, 1934 at Bucknell Lewisburg, PA L 7–13  
dagger Homecoming

1935 season[edit]

1935 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1935 record 4–4
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1934 1936 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 5, 1935 Lebanon Valley New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 12–6  
October 12, 1935 Western Maryland New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 2–0  
October 19, 1935 Lehighdagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 26–0  
October 26, 1935 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 0–9  
November 2, 1935 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 3–7  
November 9, 1935 Villanova New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 27–13  
November 16, 1935 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 6–33  
November 23, 1935 at Bucknell Lewisburg, PA L 0–2  
dagger Homecoming

1936 season[edit]

1936 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1936 record 3–5
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1935 1937 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 3, 1936 Muhlenberg New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 45–0  
October 10, 1936 Villanovadagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–13  
October 17, 1936 at Lehigh Taylor Stadium • Bethlehem, PA L 6–7  
October 24, 1936 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 7–13  
October 31, 1936 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 18–0  
November 7, 1936 at #5 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–34  
November 14, 1936 at #11 Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 12–19  
November 21, 1936 Bucknell New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 14–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1937 season[edit]

1937 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1937 record 5–3
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1936 1938 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25, 1937 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 19–26  
October 2, 1937 Gettysburg New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 32–6  
October 9, 1937 Bucknelldagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 20–14  
October 16, 1937 Lehigh New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 14–7  
October 30, 1937 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 13–19  
November 6, 1937 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 7–0  
November 13, 1937 Maryland New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 21–14  
November 20, 1937 at #1 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1938 season[edit]

1938 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1938 record 3–4–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1937 1939 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 1, 1938 Maryland New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 33–0  
October 8, 1938 Bucknelldagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–14  
October 15, 1938 at Lehigh Taylor Stadium • Bethlehem, PA W 59–6  
October 22, 1938 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 6–21  
October 29, 1938 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 33–6  
November 5, 1938 Lafayette New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 0–7  
November 12, 1938 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA T 7–7  
November 19, 1938 at #5 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 0–26  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1939 season[edit]

1939 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1939 record 5–1–2
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1938 1940 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 7, 1939 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 13–3  
October 14, 1939 Lehighdagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 49–7  
October 21, 1939 at #12 Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 0–47  
October 28, 1939 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY T 6–6  
November 4, 1939 Maryland New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 12–0  
November 11, 1939 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 10–0  
November 18, 1939 at Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY T 14–14  
November 25, 1939 Pittsburgh New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 10–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1940 season[edit]

1940 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1940 record 6–1–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 5, 1940 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 9–0  
October 12, 1940 West Virginiadagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 17–13  
October 19, 1940 at Lehigh Taylor Stadium • Bethlehem, PA W 34–0  
October 26, 1940 at Temple Philadelphia, PA W 18–0  
November 2, 1940 South Carolina #18 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 12–0  
November 9, 1940 at Syracuse #16 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY T 13–13  
November 16, 1940 New York U. #20 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 25–0  
November 23, 1940 at Pittsburgh #20 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–20  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1941 season[edit]

1941 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1941 record 7–2
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 4, 1941 at Colgate Civic StadiumBuffalo, NY L 0–7  
October 11, 1941 Bucknelldagger New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 27–13  
October 18, 1941 at Temple Philadelphia, PA L 0–14  
October 25, 1941 Lehigh New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 40–6  
October 31, 1941 at New York U. Polo GroundsNew York, NY W 42–0  
November 8, 1941 #18 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 34–19  
November 15, 1941 West Virginia New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 7–0  
November 22, 1941 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 31–7  
November 29, 1941 at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 19–12  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1942 season[edit]

1942 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #19
1942 record 6–1–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 3, 1942 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 14–7  
October 10, 1942 at Lehigh Taylor Stadium • Bethlehem, PA W 19–3  
October 17, 1942 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY T 0–0  
October 24, 1942 Colgatedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 13–10  
October 31, 1942 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV L 0–24  
November 7, 1942 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 18–13  
November 14, 1942 at #17 Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 13–7  
November 21, 1942 Pittsburgh New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 14–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1943 season[edit]

1943 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1943 record 5–3–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25, 1943 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 14–0  
October 2, 1943 at North Carolina Kenan StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 0–19  
October 9, 1943 Colgatedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA T 0–0  
October 16, 1943 at #3 Navy Annapolis, MD L 6–14  
October 23, 1943 at Maryland College Park, MD W 45–0  
October 30, 1943 West Virginia New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 32–7  
November 6, 1943 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 0–13  
November 13, 1943 Temple New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 13–0  
November 20, 1943 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 14–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1944 season[edit]

1944 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1944 record 6–3
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30, 1944 Muhlenberg New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 58–13  
October 7, 1944 at Navy Annapolis, MD L 14–55  
October 14, 1944 Bucknelldagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 20–6  
October 21, 1944 at Colgate Hamilton, NY W 6–0  
October 28, 1944 West Virginia New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 27–28  
November 4, 1944 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 41–0  
November 11, 1944 at Temple Philadelphia, PA W 7–6  
November 18, 1944 Maryland New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 34–19  
November 25, 1944 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 0–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1945 season[edit]

1945 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1945 record 5–3
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 29, 1945 Muhlenberg New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 47–7  
October 6, 1945 Colgatedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 27–7  
October 13, 1945 at #2 Navy Annapolis, MD L 0–28  
October 20, 1945 at Bucknell Lewisburg, PA W 46–7  
November 3, 1945 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 26–0  
November 10, 1945 Temple New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 27–0  
November 17, 1945 at Michigan State #12 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0–33  
November 24, 1945 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 0–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1946 season[edit]

1946 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1946 record 6–2
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 5, 1946 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 48–6  
October 12, 1946 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 9–0  
October 19, 1946 Michigan Statedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 16–19  
October 26, 1946 at Colgate Hamilton, NY W 6–2  
November 2, 1946 Fordham New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 68–0  
November 9, 1946 Temple New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 26–0  
November 16, 1946 at Navy Annapolis, MD W 12–7  
November 23, 1946 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1947 season[edit]

1947 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #4
1947 record 9–0–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20, 1947 vs. Washington State Hersheypark StadiumHershey, PA W 27–4  
October 4, 1947 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 54–0  
October 11, 1947 at Fordham #12 New York, NY W 75–0  
October 18, 1947 Syracusedagger #9 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 40–0  
October 25, 1947 West Virginia #9 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 21–14  
November 1, 1947 Colgate #7 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 46–0  
November 8, 1947 at Temple #7 Philadelphia, PA W 7–0  
November 15, 1947 vs. Navy #8 Memorial Stadium • Baltimore W 20–7  
November 22, 1947 at Pittsburgh #5 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 29–0  
January 1, 1948 vs. #4 SMU #5 Cotton Bowl ClassicDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) T 13–13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1948 season[edit]

1948 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #18
1948 record 7–1–1
Head coach Bob Higgins
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
October 2, 1948 Bucknell New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 35–0  
October 8, 1948 at Syracuse #10 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 34–14  
October 16, 1948 West Virginia #9 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 37–7  
October 23, 1948 #19 Michigan Statedagger #8 New Beaver Field • State College, PA T 14–14  
October 30, 1948 at Colgate #12 Hamilton, NY W 32–13  
November 6, 1948 at #7 Pennsylvania #14 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 13–0  
November 13, 1948 Temple #5 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 47–0  
November 20, 1948 at Pittsburgh #6 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 0–7  
November 27, 1948 at Washington State #18 Tacoma, WA W 7–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


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