1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1996 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.

1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 38–15 vs. Texas
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1996 record11–2 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (31st season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 252:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 USC*No. 11ABCW 24–777,716
September 73:30 p.m.Louisville*No. 7ABCW 24–795,670
September 1412:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*No. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 49–095,589
September 2112:00 p.m.vs. Temple*No. 5
  • Giants Stadium
  • East Rutherford, NJ
ESPN+W 41–024,847
September 283:30 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 3ABCW 23–2079,607
October 53:30 p.m.at No. 3 Ohio StateNo. 4ABCL 7–3894,241
October 1212:30 p.m.Purdue No. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNW 31–1496,653
October 1912:30 p.m.IowaNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2L 20–2196,230
October 2612:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 17ESPNW 48–2637,354
November 23:30 p.m.No. 11 NorthwesternNo. 15
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 34–996,596
November 1612:00 p.m.at No. 16 MichiganNo. 11ABCW 29–17105,898
November 233:30 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 7
ABCW 32–2996,263
January 1, 19978:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 TexasNo. 7CBSW 38–1565,106
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 78 John Blick Fr
WR 11 Chris Campbell Sr
OL 53 Jim Dudley Fr
RB 39 Curtis Enis So
WR 83 Joe Jurevicius Jr
QB 9 Mike McQueary Jr
G 64 Phil Ostrowski Jr
QB 14 Wally Richardson Sr
QB 16 Kevin Thompson Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 6 Aaron Collins Jr
S 3 Kim Herring Sr
SS 4 Derek Fox Fr
LB 44 Jim Nelson Jr
CB 27 David Macklin Fr
LB 98 Matt Rhule So
DB 45 Jon Sandusky Fr
DE 5 Brad Scioli So
LB 43 Brandon Short Fr
DE 91 Chris Snyder Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 20 Brett Conway Sr
P 28 Darrell Kania Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

NFL DraftEdit

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 28 58 Kim Herring Free safety Baltimore Ravens
3rd 30 90 Brett Conway Placekicker Green Bay Packers
7th 33 234 Wally Richardson Quarterback Baltimore Ravens

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1995-1999)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.