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1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season.[2] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Gator Bowl, L 9–20 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceIndependent
1976 record7–5
Head coachJoe Paterno (11th season)
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 60,203)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Pittsburgh         12 0 0
No. 17 Rutgers         11 0 0
San Diego State         10 1 0
No. 12 Notre Dame         9 3 0
Colgate         8 2 0
Boston College         8 3 0
Cincinnati         8 3 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
North Texas State         7 4 0*
Penn State         7 5 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Virginia Tech         6 5 0
Army         5 6 0
Florida State         5 6 0
Illinois State         5 6 0
Richmond         5 6 0
West Virginia         5 6 0
Georgia Tech         4 6 1
Temple         4 6 0
Air Force         4 7 0
Dayton         4 7 0
Louisville         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
Indiana State         3 7 0
Hawaii         3 8 0
Holy Cross         3 8 0
Miami (FL)         3 8 0
Syracuse         3 8 0
Utah State         3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana         2 9 0
Southern Miss         2 9 0
Tulane         2 9 0
  • North Texas State (originally 6–5–0) awarded a forfeit win after Mississippi State was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11StanfordNo. 10W 15–1261,645
September 18No. 2 Ohio StateNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 7–1262,503
September 25IowaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 6–761,268
October 2at KentuckyNo. 20L 6–2257,723
October 9Army
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 38–1660,436
October 16Syracuse 
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 27–361,474
October 23at West VirginiaW 33–037,762
October 30at TempleW 31–3042,005
November 6North Carolina State
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 41–2060,426
November 13at Miami (FL)W 21–719,627
November 26at No. 1 PittsburghNo. 16ABCL 7–2450,360
December 27vs. No. 15 Notre DameNo. 20ABCL 9–2067,827
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 71 Brad Benson Sr
WR 44 Jimmy Cefalo Jr
T 68 Eric Cummingham So
T 71 Keith Dorney So
WR 46 Scott Fitzkee So
QB 14 Chuck Fusina So
T 68 George Reihner Sr
TE 82 Mickey Shuler Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Kurt Allerman Sr
DB 25 Tom Bradley So
DE 64 Ron Crosby Sr
DE 28 Rich Milot So
DT 78 Randy Sidler Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

NFL DraftEdit

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1977 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 10 38 George Reihner Offensive guard Houston Oilers
3rd 22 78 Kurt Allerman Linebacker St. Louis Cardinals
5th 2 114 Ron Crosby Linebacker Detroit Lions
8th 24 219 Brad Benson Offensive tackle New England Patriots

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1976-standings.html
  2. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.