1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 0–14 vs. Oklahoma
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 10
1972 record 10–2
Head coach Joe Paterno (7th season)
Captain Gregg Ducatte
Captain Jim Heller
Captain John Hufnagel
Captain Carl Schaukowitch
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,538)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →

As a result of using ineligible players, the Oklahoma Sooners were ordered to forfeit seven wins from their 1972 season, including their on-field win over the Nittany Lions. However, Paterno and Penn State refused to accept the forfeit, and the bowl game is officially recorded as a loss.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 at No. 7 Tennessee No. 6 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 21–28   71,647
September 23 Navy No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 21–10   50,547
September 30 Iowa No. 13 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 14–10   58,065
October 7 at Illinois No. 16 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 35–17   60,349
October 14 at Army No. 15 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 45–0   42,352
October 21 Syracusedagger No. 12 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 17–0   60,465
October 28 at No. 18 West Virginia No. 11 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Rivalry) ABC W 28–19   37,000
November 4 Maryland No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 46–16   58,171
November 11 NC State No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 37–22   54,274
November 18 at Boston College No. 6 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 45–26   23,119
November 25 Pittsburgh No. 6 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 49–27   38,600
December 31 vs. No. 2 Oklahoma No. 5 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 0–14   80,123
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 50 Brown, RickRick Brown Sr
RB 22 Cappelletti, JohnJohn Cappelletti Jr
T 77 Getty, CharlieCharlie Getty Jr
QB 14 Hufnagel, JohnJohn Hufnagel Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 83 Bannon, BruceBruce Bannon Sr
DT 53 Crowder, RandyRandy Crowder Jr
LB 47 Laslavic, JimJim Laslavic Sr
LB 89 O'Neil, EdEd O'Neil Jr
DE 81 Skorupan, JohnJohn Skorupan Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Five Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1973 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 19 71 Jim Laslavic Linebacker Detroit Lions
5th 12 116 Bruce Bannon Linebacker New York Jets
6th 6 136 John Skorupan Linebacker Buffalo Bills
14th 10 348 John Hufnagel Quarterback Denver Broncos
15th 17 381 Carl Schaukowitch Offensive guard New York Giants

Awards[edit]

Walter Camp Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brant, Tim (January 11, 2008). "After Further Review... The NCAA Weighs-In". ABC 7 News. Retrieved November 4, 2008.