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
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.

Roster[edit]

1979 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Blackledge, ToddTodd Blackledge Fr
T 77 Dugan, BillBill Dugan Jr
G 62 Farrell, SeanSean Farrell So
RB 24 Guman, MikeMike Guman Sr
TE 85 Kab, VytoVyto Kab So
RB 38 Meade, MikeMike Meade So
RB 48 Moore, BookerBooker Moore Jr
G 78 Munchak, MikeMike Munchak So
T 70 Pankey, IrvIrv Pankey Sr
C 53 Romano, JimJim Romano Jr
TE 80 Scovill, BradBrad Scovill Jr
RB 32 Suhey, MattMatt Suhey Sr
RB 25 Warner, CurtCurt Warner Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 54 Clark, BruceBruce Clark Sr
DE 74 Kubin, LarryLarry Kubin Jr
DT 57 Kugler, PetePete Kugler Jr
LB 37 Lee Ashley, WalkerWalker Lee Ashley Fr
LB 56 Mehl, LanceLance Mehl Sr
LB 60 Millen, MattMatt Millen Sr
LB 94 Parlavecchio, ChetChet Parlavecchio So
CB 49 Wise, TomTom Wise Jr
DT 61 Wisniewski, LeoLeo Wisniewski So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 21 Giacomarro, RalphRalph Giacomarro Fr
K 31 Menhardt, HerbHerb Menhardt Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

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.