1975 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1975 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 6–13 vs. Alabama
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
1975 record9–3
Head coachJoe Paterno (10th season)
CaptainGreg Buttle
CaptainJohn Quinn
CaptainTom Rafferty
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,723)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Rutgers         9 2 0
No. 10 Penn State         9 3 0
No. 20 West Virginia         9 3 0
Notre Dame         8 3 0
Virginia Tech         8 3 0
No. 15 Pittsburgh         8 4 0
Boston College         7 4 0
Georgia Tech         7 4 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
Navy         7 4 0
North Texas State         7 4 0
Southern Miss         7 4 0
South Carolina         7 5 0
Colgate         6 4 0
Cincinnati         6 5 0
Hawaii         6 5 0
Syracuse         6 5 0
Temple         6 5 0
Utah State         6 5 0
Indiana State         5 5 0
Dayton         5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana         4 6 1
Tulane         4 7 0
Villanova         4 7 0
Florida State         3 8 0
Air Force         2 8 1
Houston         2 8 0
Miami (FL)         2 8 0
Army         2 9 0
Holy Cross         1 10 0
Louisville         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 6at TempleNo. 6W 26–2557,112
September 13StanfordNo. 10W 34–1461,325
September 20at No. 3 Ohio StateNo. 7L 9–1788,093
September 27at IowaNo. 12W 30–1052,780
October 4KentuckydaggerNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 10–360,225
October 11No. 10 West VirginiaNo. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 39–059,658
October 18at SyracuseNo. 9W 19–728,153
October 25ArmyNo. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 31–059,381
November 1at No. 14 MarylandNo. 9W 15–1359,973
November 8North Carolina StateNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 14–1559,536
November 22at No. 17 PittsburghNo. 10ABCW 7–646,846
December 31vs. No. 4 AlabamaNo. 8ABCL 6–1375,212
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1975 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 18 John Andress Jr
T 71 Brad Benson Jr
WR 44 Jimmy Cefalo So
T 71 Keith Dorney Fr
WR 46 Scott Fitzkee Fr
QB 14 Chuck Fusina Fr
G 72 Tom Rafferty Sr
T 68 George Reihner Jr
TE 82 Mickey Shuler So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Kurt Allerman Jr
DB 25 Tom Bradley Fr
LB 67 Greg Buttle Sr
DT 65 Ron Coder Sr
DE 64 Ron Crosby Jr
DT 93 Eric Cummingham So
LB 33 Jim Rosecrans Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 99 Chris Bahr Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 23 51 Chris Bahr Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
3rd 7 67 Greg Buttle Linebacker New York Jets
3rd 10 70 Ron Coder Defensive tackle Pittsburgh Steelers
4th 27 119 Tom Rafferty Center Dallas Cowboys

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.