1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 7-14 vs. Alabama
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
1978 record 11–1
Head coach Joe Paterno (13th year)
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Captain Chuck Fusina
Captain Paul Suhey
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 76,639)
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
#7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Northwestern State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1978 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 1, 1978 at Temple #3 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 10–7   53,103
September 9, 1978 Rutgers #3 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 26–10   77,154
September 16, 1978 at #6 Ohio State #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 19–0   88,202
September 23, 1978 SMU #3 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 26–21   77,704
September 30, 1978 TCU #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 58–0   76,832
October 7, 1978 at Kentucky #5 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 30–0   58,068
October 21, 1978 Syracusedagger #2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 45–15   77,827
October 28, 1978 at West Virginia #2 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 49–21   34,010
November 4, 1978 #5 Maryland #2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 27–3   78,019
November 11, 1978 NC State #2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 19–10   77,043
November 24, 1978 #15 Pittsburgh #1 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 17–10   77,465
January 1, 1979 vs. #2 Alabama #1 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 7–14   76,824
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Temple[edit]

#3 Penn State at Temple
1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 0 0 7 3 10
Temple 0 0 0 7 7

[1]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 3 0 7 9 19
Ohio St 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 88,202
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 80°F; wind 10 SW
  • Television network: ABC

[2]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 3 0 0 3
Penn State 3 10 7 7 27

[3]

Syracuse[edit]

Chuck Fusina threw four touchdown passes, including two to Scott Fitzkee as second-ranked Penn State extended its win streak to 15 games. Fusina finished 15 of 27 for 293 yards.[4]

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1979 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 10 10 Keith Dorney Offensive tackle Detroit Lions
4th 14 96 Eric Cunningham Offensive guard New York Jets
5th 16 126 Scott Fitzkee Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
5th 23 133 Chuck Fusina Quarterback Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6th 8 145 Bob Torrey Runningback New York Giants
6th 28 165 Matt Bahr Kicker Pittsburgh Steelers
7th 17 182 Rich Milot Linebacker Washington Redskins
8th 4 196 Chuck Correal Center Philadelphia Eagles
10th 6 265 Tony Petruccio San Diego Chargers

Awards[edit]

A football signed by the 1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football team, including Chuck Fusina, Matt Millen, and head coach Joe Paterno.
Lombardi Award
Maxwell Award
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Field goal gives Penn State win." Eugene Register-Guard. 1978 Sept 2. Retrieved 2014-Jan-05.
  2. ^ "'Ready' Penn State Stuns No. 6 Bucks." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Sept 17.
  3. ^ "Penn State's Defense Smothers Terps." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 5.
  4. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1978 Oct 22.