1974 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1974 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

1974 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Cotton Bowl champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1974 record10–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (9th season)
Captains
  • Jack Baiorunos
  • Jim Bradley
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,723)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 NCAA Division I independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Notre Dame         10 2 0
No. 7 Penn State         10 2 0
Temple         8 2 0
Boston College         8 3 0
Utah State         8 3 0
No. 19 Houston         8 3 1
Rutgers         7 3 1
Cincinnati         7 4 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
Pittsburgh         7 4 0
Georgia Tech         6 5 0
Hawaii         6 5 0
Miami (FL)         6 5 0
Southern Miss         6 5 0
Tampa         6 5 0
Holy Cross         5 5 1
Tulane         5 6 0
Colgate         4 6 0
Northern Illinois         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
South Carolina         4 7 0
Virginia Tech         4 7 0
West Virginia         4 7 0
Army         3 8 0
Dayton         3 8 0
Villanova         3 8 0
Air Force         2 9 0
Syracuse         2 9 0
Florida State         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 14No. 20 StanfordNo. 8ABCW 24–2058,200
September 21NavyNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 6–742,000
September 28at IowaNo. 19W 27–046,500
October 5at ArmyNo. 15W 21–1441,221
October 12Wake Forest No. 15
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 55–056,500
October 19SyracuseNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 30–1459,100
October 26at West VirginiaNo. 10W 21–1234,500
November 2No. 15 MarylandNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 24–1760,125
November 9at North Carolina StateNo. 7L 7–1247,700
November 16OhioNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 35–1658,700
November 28at No. 18 PittsburghNo. 10ABCW 31–1048,895
January 1, 1975vs. No. 12 BaylorNo. 7CBSW 41–2067,500
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1974 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 18 John Andress So
T 71 Brad Benson So
T 74 Jeff Bleamer Sr
RB 32 Tom Donchez Sr
G 61 John Nessel Sr
G 72 Tom Rafferty Jr
QB 12 Tom Shuman Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Kurt Allerman So
LB 67 Greg Buttle Jr
LB 66 Chris Devlin Sr
DE 85 Dave Graf Sr
DE 79 Mike Hartenstine Sr
LB 33 James Rosecrans Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 99 Chris Bahr Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Ten Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1975 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 5 31 Mike Hartenstine Defensive end Chicago Bears
4th 3 81 John Nessel Atlanta Falcons
4th 24 102 Tom Donchez Running back Buffalo Bills
6th 12 142 Tom Shuman Cincinnati Bengals
7th 14 170 Chris Devlin Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
8th 16 198 Jeff Bleamer Offensive tackle Philadelphia Eagles
9th 15 223 Dan Natale San Francisco 49ers
10th 22 256 Joe Jackson Miami Dolphins
12th 16 312 Greg Murphy Pittsburgh Steelers
17th 5 421 Dave Graf Linebacker Cleveland Browns

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.