1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team
|1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football|
|Head coach||Joe Paterno (6th year)|
|Home stadium||Beaver Stadium
The 1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1971 college football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.
|September 18||at Navy||No. 14||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD||W 56–3||26,855|
|September 25||at Iowa||No. 12||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ABC||W 44–14||44,303|
|October 2||Air Force||No. 9||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||W 16–14||50,459|
|October 9||Army||No. 9||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||W 42–0||49,887|
|October 16||at Syracuse||No. 9||Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)||W 31–0||41,382|
|October 23||TCU||No. 7||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||W 66–14||51,896|
|October 30||at West Virginia||No. 6||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry)||W 35–7||37,000|
|November 6||Maryland||No. 6||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry)||W 63–27||50,144|
|November 13||North Carolina State||No. 5||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||W 35–3||50,477|
|November 20||at Pittsburgh||No. 6||Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry)||W 55–18||39,539|
|December 4||at No. 12 Tennessee||No. 5||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||ABC||L 11–31||59,542|
|January 1, 1972||vs. No. 12 Texas||No. 10||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||W 30–6||72,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Alberto Vitiello, a 5'7" junior college transfer, kicked a 22-yard field goal with four minutes to help Penn State escape with a 16–14 victory over Air Force.
Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft.
|1st||13||13||Franco Harris||Running back||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2nd||22||48||Lydell Mitchell||Running back||Baltimore Colts|
|4th||15||93||Charles Zapiec||–||Dallas Cowboys|
|5th||13||117||Bob Parsons||Punter||Chicago Bears|
- "Penn State Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
- "Penn State Edges Air Force on Field Goal." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 3.