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1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1998 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.

1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 26–14 vs. Kentucky
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 17
1998 record9–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (33rd season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State %+   7 1         11 1  
No. 6 Wisconsin $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 12 Michigan +   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
No. 17 Penn State   5 3         9 3  
Michigan State   4 4         6 6  
Minnesota   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         4 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 8  
Iowa   2 6         3 8  
Northwestern   0 8         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Indiana and Iowa this year.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:30 p.m.No. 21 Southern Miss*No. 13ABCW 34–696,617
September 1212:00 p.m.Bowling Green*No. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 48–396,291
September 193:30 p.m.at Pittsburgh*No. 8CBSW 20–1356,743
October 312:00 p.m.at No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 7ABCL 9–2893,479
October 103:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 13ABCW 27–1740,546
October 173:30 p.m.Purdue No. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 31–1397,034
October 3112:00 p.m.IllinoisNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 27–096,508
November 712:00 p.m.at No. 22 MichiganNo. 9ABCL 0–27111,019
November 1412:00 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 19
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 41–1096,382
November 213:00 p.m.at No. 13 WisconsinNo. 16ESPNL 3–2478,964
November 281:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 23
ABCW 51–2896,358
January 1, 199911:00 a.m.vs. KentuckyNo. 22ESPNW 26–1466,005
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 36 Mike Cerimele So
WR 13 Sam Crenshaw So
WR 20 Eddie Drummond Fr
WR 2 Chafie Fields Jr
WR 21 Joe Nastasi Sr
QB 16 Kevin Thompson Jr
G 69 Floyd Wedderburn Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 11 LaVar Arrington So
DE 86 Courtney Brown Jr
CB 19 Anthony King Jr
CB 27 David Macklin Jr
SS 4 Derek Fox Jr
DE 5 Brad Scioli Sr
LB 43 Brandon Short Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Pat Pidgeon Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Two Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
5th 5 138 Brad Scioli Defensive end Indianapolis Colts
5th 7 140 Floyd Wedderburn Offensive guard Seattle Seahawks

ReferencesEdit

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