1979 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1979 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 9–6 vs. Tulane
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 20
1979 record 8–4
Head coach Joe Paterno (14th year)
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 76,639)
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Florida State           11 1 0
#7 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
UNLV           9 1 2
#17 Temple           10 2 0
Tulane           9 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
East Carolina           7 3 1
#20 Penn State           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Navy           7 4 0
Notre Dame           7 4 0
Southern Miss           6 4 1
Syracuse           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
Boston College           5 6 0
Holy Cross           5 6 0
Memphis           5 6 0
Miami           5 6 0
North Texas State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Virginia Tech           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
Georgia Tech           4 6 1
Louisville           4 6 1
Connecticut           3 6 2
William & Mary           4 7 0
Northwestern State           3 6 0
Illinois State           3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           3 8 0
Army           2 8 1
Air Force           2 9 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Richmond           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1979 college 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 15 Rutgers No. 7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 45–10   77,309
September 22 Texas A&M No. 6 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA L 14–27   77,575
September 29 at No. 6 Nebraska No. 18 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC L 17–42   76,151
October 6 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 27–7   52,348
October 13 Armydagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 24–3   77,157
October 20 vs. Syracuse Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) W 35–7   53,789
October 27 West Virginia Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 31–6   77,923
November 3 Miami (FL) No. 19 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA TCS L 10–26   75,332
November 10 at North Carolina State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC W 9–7   51,200
November 17 Temple No. 18 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 22–7   76,000
December 1 No. 11 Pittsburgh No. 19 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 14–29   76,958
December 22 vs. No. 15 Tulane Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC W 9–6   50,021
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Seven Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 4 4 Bruce Clark Defensive tackle Green Bay Packers
2nd 15 43 Matt Millen Linebacker Oakland Raiders
2nd 18 46 Matt Suhey Running back Chicago Bears
2nd 22 50 Irvin Pankey Offensive tackle Los Angeles Rams
3rd 13 69 Lance Mehl Linebacker New York Jets
6th 16 154 Mike Guman Running back Los Angeles Rams
9th 9 230 Tom Donovan Wide receiver Kansas City Chiefs

References[edit]

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