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1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1972 Penn State Nittany Lions represented Pennsylvania State University in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. As a result of using ineligible players, the Oklahoma Sooners were ordered to forfeit seven wins from their 1972 season, including their on-field win over the Nittany Lions. However, Paterno and Penn State refused to accept the forfeit, and the bowl game is officially recorded as a loss.[1]

1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 0–14 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 10
1972 record10–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (7th season)
Captains
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,538)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Penn State         10 2 0
No. 14 Notre Dame         8 3 0
Utah State         8 3 0
West Virginia         8 4 0
Florida State         7 4 0
Northern Illinois         7 4 0
Rutgers         7 4 0
No. 20 Georgia Tech         7 4 1
Air Force         6 4 0
Army         6 4 0
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Houston         6 4 1
Tulane         6 5 0
Temple         5 4 0
Colgate         5 4 1
Holy Cross         5 4 1
Syracuse         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         5 6 0
Dayton         4 6 1
Boston College         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
South Carolina         4 7 0
Southern Miss         3 7 1
Xavier         2 8 0
Cincinnati         2 9 0
Villanova         2 9 0
Pittsburgh         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16at No. 7 TennesseeNo. 6L 21–2871,647
September 23NavyNo. 11W 21–1050,547
September 30IowaNo. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 14–1058,065
October 7at IllinoisNo. 16W 35–1760,349
October 14at ArmyNo. 15W 45–042,352
October 21Syracuse No. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 17–060,465
October 28at No. 18 West VirginiaNo. 11ABCW 28–1937,000
November 4MarylandNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 46–1658,171
November 11NC StateNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 37–2254,274
November 18at Boston CollegeNo. 6W 45–2623,119
November 25PittsburghNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 49–2738,600
December 31vs. No. 2 OklahomaNo. 5ABCL 0–1480,123
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 74 Jeff Bleamer So
C 50 Rick Brown Sr
RB 22 John Cappelletti Jr
T 77 Charlie Getty Jr
WR 28 Gary Hayman Jr
QB 14 John Hufnagel Sr
T 65 Phil LaPorta Jr
C 54 Mark Markovich Jr
G 69 Carl Schaukowitch Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 68 Doug Allen Jr
DE 83 Bruce Bannon Sr
DT 53 Randy Crowder Jr
LB 66 Chris Devlin So
DE 85 Dave Graf So
DT 79 Mike Hartenstine So
LB 47 Jim Laslavic Sr
LB 89 Ed O'Neil Jr
LB 81 John Skorupan Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Post seasonEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brant, Tim (January 11, 2008). "After Further Review... The NCAA Weighs-In". ABC 7 News. Retrieved November 4, 2008.