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1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. There is controversy over whether this team should have been crowned National Champions this season, after finishing unbeaten.

1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football
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National champion (DeVold, Eck, Matthews, NYT)
Co-national champion (FACT, NCF, Sagarin)
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, W 38–20 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1994 record12–0 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (29th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State $ 8 0 0     12 0 0
No. 14 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
No. 12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † Michigan State forfeited 5 wins, 4 conference wins
Rankings from AP Poll

The team was selected national champion by DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Matthews Grid Ratings, and New York Times, while named co-champion by Rothman (FACT), National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 38:00 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 9W 56–351,134
September 103:30 p.m.No. 14 USC*No. 8ABCW 38–1496,463
September 1712:00 p.m.IowaNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 61–2195,834
September 2412:00 p.m.Rutgers*No. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 55–2795,379
October 14:00 p.m.at Temple*No. 4W 48–2138,140
October 153:30 p.m.at No. 5 MichiganNo. 3ABCW 31–24106,382
October 293:30 p.m.No. 21 Ohio State No. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 63–1497,079
November 512:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 2ESPNW 35–2947,754
November 123:30 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 2ABCW 35–3172,364
November 191:00 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 45–1796,383
November 264:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 2
ESPNW 59–3196,493
January 2, 19954:30 p.m.vs. No. 12 OregonNo. 2ABCW 38–20102,247
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Mike Archie Jr
TE 81 Kyle Brady Sr
RB 32 Ki-Jana Carter Jr
QB 12 Kerry Collins Sr
WR 10 Bobby Engram Jr
C 60 Bucky Greeley Jr
G 50 Jeff Hartings Jr
T 68 Andre Johnson Jr
WR 83 Joe Jurevicius Fr
RB 22 Brian Milne Jr
G 64 Phil Ostrowski Fr
QB 14 Wally Richardson So
G 54 Marco Rivera Jr
WR 31 Freddie Scott So
FB 38 Jon Witman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 58 Todd Atkins Jr
LB 57 Matt Carroll Fr
DT 89 Eric Clair Jr
S 46 Marlon Forbes Sr
LB 16 Brian Gelzheiser Sr
LB 51 Greg Haren Jr
S 3 Kim Herring So
LB 92 Terry Killens Jr
LB 44 Jim Nelson Fr
DT 93 Brandon Noble So
DE 91 Chris Snyder Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Brad Aumiller Sr
K 20 Brett Conway So
P 28 Darrell Kania So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster


Game summariesEdit

MinnesotaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–20

USCEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1993 W 21–20

IowaEdit

Iowa at Penn State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 7014 21
Nittany Lions 35 10016 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 1993 W 31–0

RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–2 1993 W 31–7

TempleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
26–3–1 1992 W 49–8

MichiganEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1993 L 13–21

Ohio StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 1993 L 6–24

IndianaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–31

IllinoisEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1993 W 28–14

NorthwesternEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 43–21

Michigan StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8–1 1993 W 38–37

Rose BowlEdit

Penn State vs. Oregon
1 234Total
No. 2 Nittany Lions 7 71410 38
No. 12 Ducks 7 076 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1964 L, 14–22

[3]

NotesEdit

  • Penn State sets a single season record for most points scored (564).

Players in the 1995 NFL DraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1990-1994)". 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. 115. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Gainesville Sunday January 3, 1995