Penn State Nittany Lions football under Rip Engle

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Rip Engle coached the Penn State Nittany Lions football teams from 1950 to 1965, after coaching at Brown University for six seasons. When Engle was hired at Penn State, he brought with him his former quarterback Joe Paterno as an assistant coach. In Engle's sixteen seasons at Penn State, he compiled a 104–48–4 record and a .679 winning percentage.

His teams played their home games at New Beaver Field in State College, Pennsylvania through 1959. Starting in 1960, his teams played their home games at Beaver Stadium, after the entire 30,000 seat stadium was dismantled and moved across campus, reassembled and expanded.

1950 season[edit]

1950 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1950 record 5–3–1
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30, 1950 Georgetown New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 34–14  
October 7, 1950 at #4 Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 7–41  
October 14, 1950 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 7–27  
October 21, 1950 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0–19  
October 28, 1950 Templedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA T 7–7  
November 4, 1950 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA W 20–13  
November 11, 1950 West Virginia New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 27–0  
November 18, 1950 Rutgers New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 18–14  
December 2, 1950 at Pittsburgh Forbes FieldPittsburgh, PA W 21–20  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1951 season[edit]

1951 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1951 record 5–4
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 29, 1951 Boston U. New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 40–34  
October 6, 1951 vs. Villanova Allentown, PA L 14–20  
October 13, 1951 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 15–7  
October 20, 1951 #3 Michigan Statedagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA L 21–32  
October 27, 1951 West Virginia New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 13–7  
November 3, 1951 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 0–28  
November 10, 1951 Syracuse New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 32–13  
November 17, 1951 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 13–7  
November 24, 1951 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1952 season[edit]

1952 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1952 record 7–2–1
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20, 1952 Temple New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 20–13  
September 27, 1952 Purdue New Beaver Field • State College, PA T 20–20  
October 4, 1952 William & Mary New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 35–23  
October 11, 1952 at West Virginia #20 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 35–21  
October 18, 1952 Nebraskadagger #19 New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 10–0  
October 25, 1952 at #1 Michigan State #19 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 7–34  
November 1, 1952 at #17 Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 14–7  
November 8, 1952 at Syracuse #15 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 7–25  
November 15, 1952 Rutgers New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 7–6  
November 22, 1952 at #16 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 17–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1953 season[edit]

1953 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1953 record 6–3
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 26, 1953 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 0–20  
October 3, 1953 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 7–13  
October 10, 1953 at Boston U. Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 35–13  
October 17, 1953 Syracuse New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 20–14  
October 24, 1953 TCUdagger New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 27–21  
October 31, 1953 West Virginia New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 19–20  
November 7, 1953 Fordham New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 28–21  
November 14, 1953 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 54–26  
November 21, 1953 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 17–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1954 season[edit]

1954 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #20
1954 record 7–2
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25, 1954 at #6 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 14–12  
October 2, 1954 at Syracuse #10 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 13–0  
October 9, 1954 Virginia #12 New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 34–7  
October 16, 1954 #14 West Virginiadagger #9 New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 14–19  
October 23, 1954 at #20 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 7–20  
October 30, 1954 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 35–13  
November 6, 1954 Holy Cross New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 39–7  
November 13, 1954 Rutgers New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 37–14  
November 20, 1954 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 13–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1955 season[edit]

1955 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1955 record 5–4
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 24, 1955 Boston U. New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 35–0  
October 1, 1955 at #6 Army #18 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 6–35  
October 8, 1955 vs. Virginia City StadiumRichmond, VA (Tobacco Bowl) W 26–7  
October 15, 1955 #8 Navydagger New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 14–34  
October 22, 1955 at #8 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV L 7–21  
October 29, 1955 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 20–0  
November 5, 1955 #18 Syracuse New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 21–20  
November 12, 1955 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 34–13  
November 19, 1955 #15 Pittsburgh New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 0–20  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1956 season[edit]

1956 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1956 record 6–2–1
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 29, 1956 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 34–0  
October 8, 1956 at #15 Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 7–14  
October 13, 1956 Holy Crossdagger New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 43–0  
October 20, 1956 at #5 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 7–6  
October 27, 1956 West Virginia #18 New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 16–6  
November 3, 1956 at #17 Syracuse #12 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 9–13  
November 10, 1956 Boston U. New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 40–7  
November 17, 1956 North Carolina State New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 14–7  
November 24, 1956 at #14 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA T 7–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1957 season[edit]

1957 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1957 record 6–3
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 28, 1957 at Pennsylvania #19 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 19–14  
October 5, 1957 #12 Army New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA L 13–27  
October 12, 1957 William & Mary New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 21–13  
October 19, 1957 Vanderbiltdagger New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 20–32  
October 26, 1957 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 20–12  
November 2, 1957 West Virginia New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 27–6  
November 9, 1957 at Marquette Marquette StadiumMilwaukee, WI W 20–7  
November 16, 1957 at Holy Cross Fitton FieldWorcester, MA W 14–10  
November 23, 1957 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 13–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1958 season[edit]

1958 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1958 record 6–3–1
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20, 1958 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 7–14  
September 27, 1958 at Pennsylvania Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 43–0  
October 4, 1958 at #5 Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 0–26  
October 11, 1958 Marquettedagger New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 40–8  
October 18, 1958 at Boston U. Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 34–0  
October 25, 1958 Syracuse New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 6–14  
November 1, 1958 Furman New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 36–0  
November 8, 1958 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV T 14–14  
November 15, 1958 Holy Cross New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 32–0  
November 27, 1958 at #19 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 25–21  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1959 season[edit]

1959 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #12
1959 record 9–2
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19, 1959 at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO W 19–8  
September 26, 1959 VMI #18 New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 21–0  
October 3, 1959 Colgate New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 58–20  
October 10, 1959 at Army #16 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 17–11  
October 17, 1959 Boston U.dagger #10 New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 21–12  
October 24, 1959 vs. #13 Illinois #8 Cleveland Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH W 20–9  
October 31, 1959 at West Virginia #7 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 28–10  
November 7, 1959 #4 Syracuse #7 New Beaver Field • University Park, PA L 18–20  
November 14, 1959 Holy Cross #10 New Beaver Field • University Park, PA W 46–0  
November 21, 1959 at Pittsburgh #7 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7–22  
December 19, 1959 vs. #11 Alabama #14 Philadelphia Municipal StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Liberty Bowl) W 7–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1960 season[edit]

1960 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Liberty Bowl, W 41-12 vs. Oregon
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #16
1960 record 7–3
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1959 1961 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 17, 1960 Boston U. #19 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 20–0  
October 1, 1960 #19 Missouridagger #20 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 8–21  
October 8, 1960 at #18 Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 27–16  
October 15, 1960 at #4 Syracuse #20 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 15–21  
October 22, 1960 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 8–10  
October 29, 1960 West Virginia Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 34–13  
November 5, 1960 Maryland Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–9  
November 12, 1960 at Holy Cross Fitton FieldWorcester, MA W 33–8  
November 19, 1960 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 14–3  
December 17, 1960 vs. Oregon #15 John F. Kennedy StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Liberty Bowl) W 41–12  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1961 season[edit]

1961 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #19
AP #17
1961 record 8–3
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1960 1962 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23, 1961 Navy #7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 20–10  
September 29, 1961 at Miami #8 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL L 8–25  
October 6, 1961 at Boston U. Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 32–0  
October 14, 1961 Army Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 6–10  
October 21, 1961 Syracuse Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 14–0  
October 28, 1961 Caldagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 33–16  
November 4, 1961 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 17–21  
November 11, 1961 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 20–6  
November 18, 1961 Holy Cross Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 34–14  
November 25, 1961 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 47–26  
December 30, 1961 vs. Georgia Tech Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 30–15  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1962 season[edit]

1962 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Gator Bowl, L 7-17 vs. Florida
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
1962 record 9–2
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1961 1963 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22, 1962 Navy #9 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 41–7  
September 29, 1962 Air Force #4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 20–6  
October 6, 1962 at Rice #4 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 18–7  
October 13, 1962 at Army #3 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 6–9  
October 20, 1962 Syracusedagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 20–19  
October 27, 1962 at Cal California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 23–21  
November 3, 1962 Maryland Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 23–7  
November 10, 1962 West Virginia Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 34–6  
November 17, 1962 at Holy Cross Fitton FieldWorcester, MA W 48–20  
November 24, 1962 at Pittsburgh #9 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 16–0  
December 29, 1962 vs. Florida #9 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 7–17  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1963 season[edit]

The regular season finale with Pittsburgh was postponed from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22 in Dallas, Texas.

1963 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #16
1963 record 7–3
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1962 1964 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21, 1963 at Oregon Hayward FieldEugene, OR W 17–7  
September 28, 1963 UCLA Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 17–14  
October 5, 1963 Ricedagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–7  
October 12, 1963 Army #9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 7–10  
October 19, 1963 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 0–9  
October 26, 1963 West Virginia Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 20–9  
November 2, 1963 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 17–15  
November 9, 1963 at #10 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 10–7  
November 16, 1963 Holy Cross Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–14  
December 7, 1963 at #4 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 21–22  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1964 season[edit]

1964 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #14
1964 record 6–4
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1963 1965 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19, 1964 #10 Navy Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 8–21  
September 26, 1964 at UCLA Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 14–21  
October 3, 1964 Oregon Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 14–22  
October 10, 1964 at Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 6–2  
October 17, 1964 #7 Syracusedagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 14–21  
October 24, 1964 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 37–8  
October 31, 1964 Maryland Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 17–9  
November 7, 1964 at #2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 27–0  
November 14, 1964 at Houston Jeppesen StadiumHouston, TX W 24–7  
November 21, 1964 Pittsburgh Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


1965 season[edit]

1965 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1965 record 5–5
Head coach Rip Engle
Seasons
« 1964 1966 »
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25, 1965 Michigan State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 0–23  
October 2, 1965 UCLA Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 22–24  
October 9, 1965 at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 17–0  
October 16, 1965 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 21–28  
October 23, 1965 West Virginiadagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 44–6  
October 30, 1965 at Cal California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA L 17–21  
November 6, 1965 Kent State Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 21–6  
November 13, 1965 Navy Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 14–6  
November 20, 1965 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 27–30  
December 4, 1965 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 19–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


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