1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #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 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           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 (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 college 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 #13 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 45–7   64,790
September 17 Houston #10 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 31–14   62,554
September 24 Maryland #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 27–9   62,079
October 1 Kentucky #4 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 20–24   62,196
October 8 Utah Statedagger #10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 16–7   62,015
October 15 at Syracuse #10 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 31–24   27,029
October 22 West Virginia #10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 49–28   62,108
October 29 Miami (FL) #9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 49–7   61,853
November 5 at North Carolina State #9 Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC W 21–17   44,800
November 12 Temple #9 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 44–7   61,327
November 26 at #10 Pittsburgh #9 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 15–13   56,500
December 25 vs. #15 Arizona State #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.