1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Tennessee
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
1991 record 11–2
Head coach Joe Paterno (26th year)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
1991 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 East Carolina         11 1 0
#4 Florida State         11 2 0
#3 Penn State         11 2 0
#21 Tulsa         10 2 0
Louisiana Tech         8 1 2
#13 Notre Dame         10 3 0
Akron         5 6 0
Memphis         5 6 0
Army         4 7 0
Cincinnati         4 7 0
Southern Miss         4 7 0
South Carolina         3 6 2
Southwestern Louisiana         2 8 1
Louisville         2 9 0
Northern Illinois         2 9 0
Arkansas State         1 10 0
Navy         1 10 0
Tulane         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A 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
August 28 vs. No. 8 Georgia Tech No. 7 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) Raycom W 34–22   77,409
September 7 Cincinnati No. 5 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA Prime W 81–0   94,000
September 14 at USC No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 10–21   64,758
September 21 BYU No. 12 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 33–7   96,304
September 28 Boston College No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 28–21   95,927
October 5 at Temple No. 12 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 24–7   43,808
October 12 at No. 2 Miami (FL) No. 9 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC L 20–26   75,723
October 19 Rutgersdagger No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 37–17   95,729
October 26 West Virginia No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ESPN W 51–6   96,445
November 9 at Maryland No. 9 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD (Rivalry) W 47–7   57,416
November 16 No. 12 Notre Dame No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 35–13   96,672
November 28 at Pittsburgh No. 6 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 32–20   52,219
January 1, 1992 vs. No. 10 Tennessee No. 6 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC W 42–17   71,133
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Season summary[edit]

BYU[edit]

  • Gerry Collins 27 Rush, 99 Yds
  • Penn State's defense sacked Ty Detmer six times and held BYU to single digits for first time since 1986

[2]

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1992 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 6 34 Mark D'Onofrio Linebacker Green Bay Packers
2nd 18 46 Tony Sacca Quarterback Phoenix Cardinals
3rd 18 74 Paul Siever Offensive guard Washington Redskins
3rd 27 83 Keith Goganious Linebacker Buffalo Bills
8th 7 203 Darren Perry Free safety Pittsburgh Steelers
8th 9 205 Sam Gash Running back New England Patriots
8th 13 209 Andre Powell Linebacker Miami Dolphins
8th 27 223 Leonard Humphries Cornerback Buffalo Bills
11th 28 308 Terry Smith Washington Redskins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sept 22. Retrieved 2015-Dec-03.