1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 42–30 vs. Arizona State
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 5
1977 record 11–1
Head coach Joe Paterno (12th season)
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Captain John Dunn
Captain Steve Geise
Captain Ron Hostetler
Captain Randy Sidler
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 60,203)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame           11 1 0
No. 5 Penn State           11 1 0
Colgate           10 1 0
No. 16 San Diego State           10 1 0
Tennessee State           8 1 1
No. 14 Florida State           10 2 0
North Texas State           10 1 0*
No. 8 Pittsburgh           9 2 1
East Carolina           8 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
Army           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 1
Boston College           6 5 0
Cincinnati           5 4 2
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Memphis           6 5 0
Northwestern State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           5 5 1
Hawaii           5 6 0
Navy           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 7 0
Utah State           4 7 0
Villanova           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 7 1
Virginia Tech           3 7 1
Indiana State           3 7 0
Miami (FL)           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Tulane           3 8 0
Air Force           2 8 1
Holy Cross           2 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           2 9 0
  • North Texas State (originally 9–2–0) awarded a forfeit win after UCLA was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. 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 2 at Rutgers No. 13 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 45–7   64,790
September 17 Houston No. 10 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 31–14   62,554
September 24 Maryland No. 5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 27–9   62,079
October 1 Kentucky No. 4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 20–24   62,196
October 8 Utah Statedagger No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 16–7   62,015
October 15 at Syracuse No. 10 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 31–24   27,029
October 22 West Virginia No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 49–28   62,108
October 29 Miami (FL) No. 9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 49–7   61,853
November 5 at North Carolina State No. 9 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC W 21–17   44,800
November 12 Temple No. 9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 44–7   61,327
November 26 at No. 10 Pittsburgh No. 9 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 15–13   56,500
December 25 vs. No. 15 Arizona State No. 9 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) CBS W 42–30   57,766
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 44 Cefalo, JimmyJimmy Cefalo Sr
T 68 Cummingham, EricEric Cummingham Jr
T 71 Dorney, KeithKeith Dorney Jr
WR 46 Fitzkee, ScottScott Fitzkee Jr
QB 14 Fusina, ChuckChuck Fusina Jr
RB 24 Guman, MikeMike Guman So
TE 82 Shuler, MickeyMickey Shuler Sr
RB 32 Suhey, MattMatt Suhey So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 54 Clark, BruceBruce Clark So
DE 74 Kubin, LarryLarry Kubin Fr
DT 57 Kugler, PetePete Kugler Fr
LB 56 Mehl, LanceLance Mehl So
LB 60 Millen, MattMatt Millen So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Bahr, MattMatt Bahr Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summaries[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 0 0 0 7 7
Penn St 7 28 14 0 49
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 61,853

[2]

Fiesta Bowl[edit]

Fiesta Bowl
#15 Arizona State vs. #8 Penn State
1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona St 0 14 0 16 30
Penn St 14 3 7 18 42

[3]

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Seven Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1978 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 5 61 Mickey Shuler Tight end New York Jets
3rd 25 81 Jimmy Cefalo Wide receiver Miami Dolphins
5th 4 113 Randy Sidler New York Jets
6th 17 155 Steve Geise Cincinnati Bengals
9th 5 227 Neil Hutton New York Jets
10th 17 267 Tom DePaso Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
11th 25 303 Ron Hostetler Los Angeles Rams

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1977-standings.html
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Oct 29.
  3. ^ "Penn State runs mark to 11-1." Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Dec 26.