1969 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1969 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Orange Bowl, W 10-3 vs. Missouri
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1969 record 11–0
Head coach Joe Paterno
Captain Tom Jackson
Captain Mike Reid
Captain Steve Smear
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 48,284)
Seasons
« 1968 1970 »

Despite posting its second consecutive undefeated, untied season, the Nittany Lions did not have a shot at the national championship. President Richard Nixon said that he would consider the winner of the December 6 matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks, then ranked at the top of the polls, and the real voters do not seem to have differed. At the time, national champions were selected before bowl games were played. Paterno, at the 1973 commencement, was quoted saying, "I'd like to know how could the president know so little about Watergate in 1973 and so much about college football in 1969?"[1] Then Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer, got the White House's attention with Penn State's 2 season undefeated streak. A White House assistant called Paterno to invite him and the team to the White House to receive a trophy for their accomplishment. Paterno has stated many times that he responded with, "You can tell the president to take that trophy and shove it." [2] Penn State declined an invitation to play the Texas/Arkansas winner in the Cotton Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20, 1969 at Navy #3 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 45–22   28,796
September 27, 1969 Colorado #2 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 27–3   51,402
October 4, 1969 at Kansas State #2 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 17–14   37,000
October 11, 1969 #17 West Virginiadagger #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 20–0   52,713
October 18, 1969 at Syracuse #5 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY W 15–14   42,291
October 25, 1969 Ohio #8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 42–3   49,069
November 1, 1969 Boston College #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA CBS W 38–16   46,652
November 15, 1969 Maryland #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 48–0   46,106
November 22, 1969 at Pittsburgh #4 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 27–7   39,517
November 29, 1969 at NC State #3 Carter StadiumRaleigh, NC ABC W 33–8   24,150
January 1, 1970 vs. #6 Missouri #2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 10–3   77,282
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 0 7 13 27
Pittsburgh 0 7 0 0 7

[3]


NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 3 14 6 10 33
NC State 0 0 0 8 8

[4]



NFL Draft[edit]

Eight Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1970 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 7 7 Mike Reid Defensive tackle Cincinnati Bengals
3rd 6 58 Charlie Pittman Running back St. Louis Cardinals
3rd 20 72 Dennis Onkotz Linebacker New York Jets
4th 17 95 Steve Smear Baltimore Colts
4th 20 98 John Ebersole Linebacker New York Jets
7th 23 179 Don Abbey Dallas Cowboys
8th 17 199 Paul Johnson Washington Redskins
12th 17 303 James Kates Washington Redskins

Awards[edit]

Maxwell Award
Outland Trophy


References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Shelly (November 17, 2006). "Research shows Nixon hurt '69 Lions". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 31, 2007. 
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=19940424&id=ar0iAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fLUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1354,5314383
  3. ^ "Onkotz' Run Leads Penn State Past Pitt, 27-7." Palm Beach Post. November 23, 1969
  4. ^ "Penn State Rumbles, 33-8." Palm Beach Post. 1969 Nov 30. Retrieved 2015-Apr-30.