1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 38–15 vs. Texas
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 7
1996 record 11–2 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Paterno (31st season)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1996 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 Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 25 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 7 USC* No. 11 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 24–7   77,716
September 7 3:30 p.m. Louisville* No. 7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 24–7   95,670
September 14 12:00 p.m. Northern Illinois* No. 6 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN+ W 49–0   95,589
September 21 12:00 p.m. vs. Temple* No. 5 Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ ESPN+ W 41–0   24,847
September 28 3:30 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 3 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC W 23–20   79,607
October 5 3:30 p.m. at No. 3 Ohio State No. 4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC L 7–38   94,241
October 12 12:30 p.m. Purduedagger No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN W 31–14   96,653
October 19 12:30 p.m. Iowa No. 10 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN2 L 20–21   96,230
October 26 12:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 17 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN W 48–26   37,354
November 2 3:30 p.m. No. 11 Northwestern No. 15 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 34–9   96,596
November 16 12:00 p.m. at No. 16 Michigan No. 11 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 29–17   105,898
November 23 3:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC W 32–29   96,263
January 1, 1997 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 20 Texas No. 7 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) CBS W 38–15   65,106
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 39 Enis, CurtisCurtis Enis So
WR 83 Jurevicius, JoeJoe Jurevicius Jr
QB 9 McQueary, MikeMike McQueary Jr
G 64 Ostrowski, PhilPhil Ostrowski Jr
QB 14 Richardson, WallyWally Richardson Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 3 Herring, KimKim Herring Sr
LB 44 Nelson, JimJim Nelson Jr
CB 27 Macklin, DavidDavid Macklin Fr
DE 5 Scioli, BradBrad Scioli So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 20 Conway, BrettBrett Conway Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

NFL Draft[edit]

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 28 58 Kim Herring Free safety Baltimore Ravens
3rd 30 90 Brett Conway Placekicker Green Bay Packers
7th 33 234 Wally Richardson Quarterback Baltimore Ravens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1995-1999)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.