1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Cotton Bowl champion
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 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 →
1971 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Penn State         11 1 0
Boston College         9 2 0
#17 Houston         9 3 0
#13 Notre Dame         8 2 0
Utah State         8 3 0
Florida State         8 4 0
Cincinnati         7 4 0
West Virginia         7 4 0
Temple         6 2 1
Air Force         6 4 0
Army         6 4 0
Colgate         6 4 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Southern Miss         6 5 0
Georgia Tech         6 6 0
New Mexico State         5 5 1
Northern Illinois         5 5 1
Syracuse         5 5 1
Dayton         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         4 7 0
Rutgers         4 7 0
Virginia Tech         4 7 0
Navy         3 8 0
Pittsburgh         3 8 0
Tulane         3 8 0
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

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 No. 14 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 56–3   26,855
September 25 at Iowa No. 12 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 44–14   44,303
October 2 Air Force No. 9 Beaver StadiumUniversity 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 StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 31–0   41,382
October 23 TCUdagger No. 7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 66–14   51,896
October 30 at West Virginia No. 6 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, 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 StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 55–18   39,539
December 4 at No. 12 Tennessee No. 5 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN [2] ABC L 11–31   59,542
January 1, 1972 vs. No. 12 Texas No. 10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX [3][4] (Cotton Bowl) CBS W 30–6   72,000
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Game summaries[edit]

Air Force[edit]

Alberto Vitiello, a 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 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.

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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. ^ "Vols flatten Lions". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 5, 1971. p. 1, sports. 
  3. ^ "Texas Wishbone catches in throat". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 2, 1972. p. 61. 
  4. ^ "Penn State scuttles Texas for 30-6 Cotton Bowl win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1972. p. 1, sports. 
  5. ^ "Penn State Edges Air Force on Field Goal." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 3.