1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Orange Bowl, L 10-25 vs. Oklahoma
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
1985 record 11–1
Head coach Joe Paterno (20th year)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,370)
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Penn State           11 1 0
#9 Miami (FL)           10 2 0
Army           9 3 0
#15 Florida State           9 3 0
West Virginia           7 3 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Syracuse           7 5 0
Virginia Tech           6 5 0
Pittsburgh           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Southwestern Louisiana           4 7 0
Navy           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Boston College           4 8 0
Memphis           2 7 2
Rutgers           2 8 1
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Tulane           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1985 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 7 at No. 7 Maryland No. 19 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 20–18   50,750
September 14 Temple No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 27–25   84,651
September 21 East Carolina No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 17–10   84,266
September 28 at Rutgers No. 9 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 17–10   54,560
October 12 No. 10 Alabama No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 19–17   85,444
October 19 at Syracuse No. 6 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 24–20   50,021
October 26 West Virginiadagger No. 3 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 27–0   85,534
November 2 Boston College No. 3 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 16–12   82,000
November 9 at Cincinnati No. 2 Riverfront StadiumCincinnati, OH W 31–10   33,528
November 16 Notre Dame No. 1 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 36–6   84,000
November 23 at Pittsburgh No. 1 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN W 31–0   60,134
January 1, 1986 vs. No. 3 Oklahoma No. 1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 10–25   74,148
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 10 7 3 0 20
Maryland 0 10 8 0 18

[2]

NFL Draft[edit]

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1986 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
4th 23 105 Rogers Alexander Linebacker New York Jets
7th 2 168 Bob Williams Buffalo Bills
9th 14 235 Mike Zordich Defensive back San Diego Chargers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1985 Sept 8.