1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 17
AP No. 16
1997 record 9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Paterno (32nd year)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
#12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Roster[edit]

1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 39 Enis, CurtisCurtis Enis Jr
WR 2 Fields, ChafieChafie Fields So
WR 83 Jurevicius, JoeJoe Jurevicius Sr
QB 9 McQueary, MikeMike McQueary Sr
G 64 Ostrowski, PhilPhil Ostrowski Sr
QB 16 Thompson, KevinKevin Thompson So
G 69 Wedderburn, FloydFloyd Wedderburn Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 11 Arrington, LaVarLaVar Arrington Fr
DE 86 Brown, CourtneyCourtney Brown So
CB 17 Johnson, BradBrad Johnson Jr
LB 44 Nelson, JimJim Nelson Fr
CB 27 Macklin, DavidDavid Macklin So
DE 5 Scioli, BradBrad Scioli Jr
LB 43 Short, BrandonBrandon Short So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Pidgeon, PatPat Pidgeon So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* No. 1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 34–17   97,115
September 13 1:00 p.m. Temple* No. 1 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 52–10   96,735
September 20 12:00 p.m. at Louisville* No. 1 Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY CBS W 57–21   39,826
October 4 12:30 p.m. at Illinois No. 2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN2 W 41–6   51,523
October 11 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State No. 2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 31–27   97,282
October 18 12:00 p.m. Minnesotadagger No. 1 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Governor's Victory Bell) ESPN+ W 16–15   96,953
November 1 12:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 2 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 30–27   47,129
November 8 3:30 p.m. No. 4 Michigan No. 2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC L 8–34   97,498
November 15 12:00 p.m. at No. 19 Purdue No. 6 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 42–17   52,156
November 22 3:30 p.m. No. 24 Wisconsin No. 6 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC W 35–10   96,934
November 29 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State No. 4 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ABC L 14–49   73,623
January 1, 1998 1:00 p.m. vs. No. 6 Florida No. 11 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 6–21   72,940
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Post season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 5 5 Curtis Enis Running back Chicago Bears
2nd 25 55 Joe Jurevicius Wide receiver New York Giants
5th 28 151 Phil Ostrowski Offensive guard San Francisco 49ers

References[edit]

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