1968 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1968 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Orange Bowl, W 15-14 vs. Kansas
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 2
1968 record 11–0
Head coach Joe Paterno (3rd year)
Captain John Kulka
Captain Mike Reid
Captain Steve Smear
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 46,284)
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »
1968 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Penn State         11 0 0
Rutgers         8 2 0
West Texas A&M         8 2 0
#5 Notre Dame         7 2 1
Florida State         8 3 0
Air Force         7 3 0
Army         7 3 0
Buffalo         7 3 0
#18 Houston         6 2 2
Tampa         7 3 0
Utah State         7 3 0
Boston College         7 3 0
Virginia Tech         7 4 0
Pacific         6 4 0
Syracuse         6 4 0
Villanova         6 4 0
Xavier         6 4 0
Colgate         5 5 0
Dayton         5 5 0
Idaho         5 5 0
Miami (FL)         5 5 0
New Mexico State         5 5 0
Georgia Tech         4 6 0
Southern Miss         4 6 0
Holy Cross         3 6 1
San Jose State         3 7 0
Navy         2 8 0
Northern Illinois         2 8 0
Tulane         2 8 0
Pittsburgh         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 team was Paterno's first perfect season. Despite going 11–0, the Nittany Lions finished behind 9–0 Ohio State and 9–0–1 USC in both polls.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 21 Navy No. 10 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 31–6   49,273
September 28 Kansas State No. 4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 25–9   45,024
October 5 at West Virginia No. 3 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Rivalry) W 31–20   34,500
October 12 at UCLA No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 21–6   35,772
October 26 at Boston College No. 4 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 29–0   25,272
November 2 Armydagger No. 4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–24   49,653
November 9 Miami (FL) No. 4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 22–7   50,132
November 16 at Maryland No. 3 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 57–13   30,000
November 23 at Pittsburgh No. 3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 65–9   31,224
December 7 Syracuse No. 3 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 30–12   41,393
January 1, 1969 vs. No. 6 Kansas No. 3 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 15–14   77,719
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Post season[edit]

NFL/AFL Common Draft[edit]

Five Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1969 NFL/AFL Common Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 7 7 Ted Kwalick Tight end San Francisco 49ers
2nd 12 38 Dave Bradley Offensive guard Green Bay Packers
4th 4 82 Bob Campbell Wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
7th 18 174 John Kulka Miami Dolphins
15th 3 367 Leon Angevine Philadelphia Eagles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1965-1969)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.