1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Gator Bowl, L 9–20 vs. Notre Dame
Conference Independent
1976 record 7–5
Head coach Joe Paterno (11th season)
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 60,203)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →

The 1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1976 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]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 Stanford No. 10 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 15–12   61,645
September 18 No. 2 Ohio State No. 7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 7–12   62,503
September 25 Iowa No. 11 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 6–7   61,268
October 2 at Kentucky No. 20 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY L 6–22   57,723
October 9 Army Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 38–16   60,436
October 16 Syracusedagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 27–3   61,474
October 23 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Rivalry) W 33–0   37,762
October 30 at Temple Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 31–30   42,005
November 6 North Carolina State Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 41–20   60,426
November 13 at Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 21–7   19,627
November 26 at No. 1 Pittsburgh No. 16 Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 7–24   50,360
December 27 vs. No. 15 Notre Dame No. 20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC L 9–20   67,827
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 71 Benson, BradBrad Benson Sr
WR 44 Cefalo, JimmyJimmy Cefalo Jr
T 68 Cummingham, EricEric Cummingham So
T 71 Dorney, KeithKeith Dorney So
WR 46 Fitzkee, ScottScott Fitzkee So
QB 14 Fusina, ChuckChuck Fusina So
T 68 Reihner, GeorgeGeorge Reihner Sr
TE 82 Shuler, MickeyMickey Shuler Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Allerman, KurtKurt Allerman Sr
DE 64 Crosby, RonRon Crosby Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

NFL Draft[edit]

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1977 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 10 38 George Reihner Offensive guard Houston Oilers
3rd 22 78 Kurt Allerman Linebacker St. Louis Cardinals
5th 2 114 Ron Crosby Linebacker Detroit Lions
8th 24 219 Brad Benson Offensive tackle New England Patriots

References[edit]

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