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1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] Penn State defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 27–23, in the Sugar Bowl to win Joe Paterno's first consensus national championship. The team was selected national champion by AP, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Litkenhous, Matthews, NCF, NFF, NY Times, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI/coaches, and USA/CNN, while named co-champion by Helms.[2]

1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Consensus national champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 27–23 vs. Georgia
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1982 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (17th season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Anderson
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 13 Florida State           9 3 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas State           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis State           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 41:30 p.m.TempleNo. 8ESPN (tape delay)W 31–1480,000
September 111:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
TCSW 39–3184,597
September 181:30 p.m.RutgersNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 49–1483,268
September 253:50 p.m.No. 2 NebraskaNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
CBSW 27–2485,304
October 91:30 p.m.at No. 4 AlabamaNo. 3CBSL 21–4276,821
October 161:30 p.m.Syracuse No. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
TCSW 28–784,762
October 231:30 p.m.at No. 13 West VirginiaNo. 9USAW 24–060,958
October 301:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 8TCSW 52–1733,205
November 61:30 p.m.NC StateNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 54–084,837
November 133:50 p.m.at No. 13 Notre DameNo. 5ABCW 24–1459,075
November 2612:30 p.m.No. 5 PittsburghNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 19–1085,522
January 1, 19838:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 GeorgiaNo. 2ABCW 27–2378,124

RosterEdit

1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Todd Blackledge Sr
TE 80 Kirk Bowman Jr
T 79 Bill Contz Sr
T 72 Ron Heller Jr
WR 19 Gregg Garrity Sr
C 58 Nick Haden So
WR 82 Kenny Jackson Jr
G 60 Dave Laube Sr
TE 81 Mike McCloskey Sr
RB 29 Tony Mumford So
G 56 Pete Speros Jr
FB 43 Jon Williams So
RB 25 Curt Warner Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 39 Dan Biondi Sr
CB 23 Alvin Cunningham So
DT 70 Greg Gattuso Jr
Hero 17 Harry Hamilton Jr
CB 49 Roger Jackson Sr
LB 98 Ken Kelley Sr
LB 37 Walker Lee Ashley Sr
DT 65 Dave Opfar Sr
LB 33 Dave Paffenroth Sr
LB 55 Rodger Puz Sr
LB 97 Scott Radecic Jr
S 32 Mark Robinson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 13 Nick Gancitano So
P 21 Ralph Giacomarro Sr
PK 10 Massimo Manca Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

RankingsEdit

AP PollEdit

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
8 7 8 8 3 3 8 9 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 1

UPI PollEdit

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final
5 8 5 3 3 10 8 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 1

Game summariesEdit

TempleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–3–1 1981 PSU, 30–0
Temple vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Temple 0 7 0714
#8 Penn State 21 3 0731

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

MarylandEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–1–5 1980 PSU, 24–10
Maryland vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Maryland 3 7 14731
#7 Penn State 3 17 91039

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,597
  • Referee: J. Vincent Price
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–1 1979 PSU, 45–10
Rutgers vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rutgers 7 7 0014
#5 Penn State 7 14 141449

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 83,268
  • Referee: Thomas Thamert
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#2 NebraskaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1981 PSU, 30–24
Nebraska vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Nebraska 0 7 71024
#8 Penn State 7 7 7627

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 3:50 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 85,304
  • Referee: William Parkinson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Gary Bender, Pat Haden
Game information

#4 AlabamaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1981 ALA, 31–16
Penn State vs. Alabama – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#3 Penn State 7 0 7721
#4 Alabama 7 14 31842

at Legion Field

Game information

SyracuseEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–21–5 1981 PSU, 41–16
Syracuse vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Syracuse 0 7 007
#8 Penn State 7 14 0728

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#13 West VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–7–2 1981 PSU, 30–7
Penn State vs. West Virginia – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 Penn State 3 7 01424
#13 West Virginia 0 0 000

at Mountaineer Field

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 60,958
  • TV: USA
Game information

Boston CollegeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–0 1981 PSU, 38–7
Penn State vs. Boston College – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#8 Penn State 14 17 71452
Boston College 7 3 0717

at Alumni Stadium

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 33,205
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

North Carolina StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–2 1981 PSU, 22–15
North Carolina State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
North Carolina State 0 0 000
#7 Penn State 17 9 21754

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • Referee: Thomas Thamert
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#13 Notre DameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4–1 1981 PSU, 24–21
Penn State vs. Notre Dame – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5 Penn State 0 13 01124
#13 Notre Dame 7 7 0014

at Notre Dame Stadium

Game information

#5 PittsburghEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
38–36–3 1981 PSU, 48–14
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5 Pittsburgh 0 7 0310
#2 Penn State 3 0 10619

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#1 Georgia (Sugar Bowl)Edit

Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting
Penn State vs. Georgia – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Penn State 7 13 0727
#1 Georgia 3 7 7623

at Louisiana Superdome

Game information

AwardsEdit

NFL DraftEdit

MediaEdit

RadioEdit

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Studio host
WMAJ AM 1450 Fran Fisher John Grant

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 114. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 14, 1982. Retrieved December 15, 2014.