1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #5
1971 record 11–1
Head coach Joe Paterno (6th year)
Captain Dave Joyner
Captain Charlie Zapiec
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 48,284)
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »

The 1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1971 college football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18 at Navy #14 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 56–3   26,855
September 25 at Iowa #12 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 44–14   44,303
October 2 Air Force #9 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 16–14   50,459
October 9 Army #9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 42–0   49,887
October 16 at Syracuse #9 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 31–0   41,382
October 23 TCUdagger #7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 66–14   51,896
October 30 at West Virginia #6 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Rivalry) W 35–7   37,000
November 6 Maryland #6 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 63–27   50,144
November 13 North Carolina State #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 35–3   50,477
November 20 at Pittsburgh #6 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 55–18   39,539
December 4 at #12 Tennessee #5 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ABC L 11–31   59,542
January 1, 1972 vs. #12 Texas #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 30–6   72,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Air Force[edit]

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.

[2]

NFL Draft[edit]

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Penn State Edges Air Force on Field Goal." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 3.