1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Conference Independent
1987 record 8–4
Head coach Joe Paterno (22nd season)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,370)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse           11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina           8 4 0
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Penn State           8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame           8 4 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Rutgers           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Northern Illinois           5 5 1
West Virginia           6 6 0
Tulane           6 6 0
Army           5 6 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Akron           4 7 0
Cincinnati           4 7 0
Louisville           3 7 1
Temple           3 8 0
Tulsa           3 8 0
Navy           2 9 0
Virginia Tech           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 Bowling Green No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 45–19   84,574
September 12 No. 19 Alabama No. 11 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) CBS L 13–24   85,619
September 19 Cincinnati No. 20 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 41–0   82,000
September 26 at Boston College No. 15 Sullivan StadiumFoxborough, MA ESPN W 27–17   50,267
October 3 Temple No. 14 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 27–13   84,000
October 10 Rutgersdagger No. 14 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 35–21   85,376
October 17 at No. 13 Syracuse No. 10 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) CBS L 21–48   50,011
October 31 West Virginia No. 18 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) W 25–21   85,108
November 7 at Maryland No. 16 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD (Rivalry) W 21–16   62,500
November 14 at Pittsburgh No. 15 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN L 0–10   56,500
November 21 No. 7 Notre Dame Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA CBS W 21–20   84,000
January 1, 1988 vs. No. 14 Clemson No. 20 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC National L 10–35   53,152
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 7 076 20
• Penn St 7 707 21

[2]

Roster[edit]

1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 9 Mike Alexander Sr
T 74 Stan Clayton Sr
WR 26 David Daniels Fr
C 78 Roger Duffy So
TE 89 Bob Mrosko Jr
WR 79 Dave Szott So
RB 32 Blair Thomas So
WR 5 Michael Timpson Jr
G 66 Steve Wisniewski Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 43 Andre Collins So
LB 84 Keith Karpinski Jr
LB 92 Quintus McDonald Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

NFL Draft[edit]

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 3 58 Ray Roundtree Wide receiver Detroit Lions
8th 6 199 Mike Alexander Wide receiver Los Angeles Raiders
10th 1 250 Stan Clayton Offensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
11th 11 289 Pete Curkendall Buffalo Bills

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.