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 year)
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
#1 Notre Dame           11 1 0
#5 Penn State           11 1 0
Colgate           10 1 0
#16 San Diego State           10 1 0
Tennessee State           8 1 1
#14 Florida State           10 2 0
North Texas State           10 1 0*
#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.

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.