The 2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by third-year head coach James Franklin and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. They were a member of the Big Ten East Division of the Big Ten Conference. They lost to Pitt and Michigan in early September but then had a winning streak that included signature victories over Ohio State and Wisconsin en route to a Big Ten championship. Despite their Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions just missed a playoff berth. They represented the Big Ten in the 2017 Rose Bowl, losing to USC on a game winning field goal.
|2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football|
Big Ten champion
Big Ten East Division co-champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|Record||11–3 (8–1 Big Ten)|
|Offensive coordinator||Joe Moorhead (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Brent Pry (1st as DC; 3rd overall season)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Tim Banks (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Beaver Stadium|
|2016 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Penn State xy$||8||–||1||11||–||3|
|No. 6 Ohio State x^||8||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 10 Michigan||7||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 9 Wisconsin xy||7||–||2||11||–||3|
|Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31|
Rankings from AP Poll
During the previous season the Nittany Lions started the year with a 5–1 record and 2–0 in Big Ten play. Then on October, 17 they lost to #1 ranked Ohio State. After which they won their next two games including a 39–0 rout over Illinois. Following the rout the Nittany Lions finished the year 0–4 including losses to #6 Michigan State and #14 Michigan and a bowl game loss to Georgia.
2016 NFL DraftEdit
|2||43||Austin Johnson||Tennessee Titans||Nose Tackle|
|2||51||Christian Hackenberg||New York Jets||Quarterback|
|3||65||Carl Nassib||Cleveland Browns||Defensive end|
|6||202||Anthony Zettel||Detroit Lions||Defense Tackle|
|6||204||Jordan Lucas||Miami Dolphins||Safety|
Penn State announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Nittany Lions hosted Big Ten foes Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Ohio State, and traveled to Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, and Rutgers.
The team hosted two of the three non-conference games against the Kent State Golden Flashes from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Pittsburgh Panthers from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference (AAC).
|September 3||3:30 p.m.||Kent State*||BTN||W 33–13||94,378|
|September 10||12:00 p.m.||at Pittsburgh*||ESPN||L 39–42||69,983|
|September 17||12:00 p.m.||Temple*||BTN||W 34–27||100,420|
|September 24||3:30 p.m.||at No. 4 Michigan||ABC||L 10–49||110,319|
|October 1||3:30 p.m.||Minnesota||BTN||W 29–26 OT||95,332|
|October 8||12:00 p.m.||Maryland||BTN||W 38–14||100,778|
|October 22||8:00 p.m.||No. 2 Ohio State||ABC||W 24–21||107,280|
|October 29||12:00 p.m.||at Purdue||No. 24||ABC/ESPN2||W 62–24||33,157|
|November 5||7:30 p.m.||Iowa||No. 12||BTN||W 41–14||106,194|
|November 12||12:00 p.m.||at Indiana||No. 10||ABC/ESPN2||W 45–31||40,678|
|November 19||8:00 p.m.||at Rutgers||No. 8||BTN||W 39–0||51,366|
|November 26||3:30 p.m.||Michigan State||No. 7||ESPN||W 45–12||97,418|
|December 3||8:00 p.m.||vs. No. 6 Wisconsin||No. 7||FOX||W 38–31||65,018|
|January 2, 2017||5:00 p.m.||vs. No. 9 USC*||No. 5||ESPN||L 49–52||95,128|
- Schedule Source:
|2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster|
|Head Coach||James Franklin||East Stroudsburg (1994)|
|Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers||Brent Pry||Buffalo (1993)|
|Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks||Joe Moorhead||Fordham University (1995)|
|Safeties/Co-Defensive Coordinator||Tim Banks||Central Michigan University (1994)|
|Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator||Charles Huff||Hampton (2005)|
|Tight Ends/Passing Game Coordinator||Ricky Rahne||Cornell (2002)|
|Wide Receivers/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator||Josh Gattis||Wake Forest (2006)|
|Cornerbacks/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator||Terry Smith||Penn State (1991)|
|Offensive Line||Matt Limegrover||University of Chicago (1990)|
|Defensive Line/Run Game Coordinator||Sean Spencer||Clarion (1995)|
|Strength and Conditioning||Dwight Galt||Maryland (1981)|
|Graduate Assistant||Joe Brady IV||College of William & Mary (2013)|
|Graduate Assistant||Tommy Galt||Maryland (2009)|
|Graduate Assistant||Andrew Jackson||LIU Post (2011)|
|Graduate Assistant||Ryan Smith||College of William & Mary (2014)|
|CFP||Not released||12||10||8||7||7||5||Not released|
at Heinz Field
#2 Ohio StateEdit
|#2 Ohio State||0||12||9||0||21|
|#24 Penn State||7||10||24||21||62|
|#20 Penn State||7||17||3||14||41|
|#12 Penn State||7||7||7||24||45|
|#9 Penn State||6||3||16||14||39|
|#8 Penn State||0||10||21||14||45|
#6 Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game)Edit
|#8 Penn State||7||7||14||10||38|
#9 USC (Rose Bowl)Edit
|#5 Penn State||0||21||28||0||49|
at Rose Bowl
Awards and honorsEdit
|James Franklin||Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote)||November 22, 2016|
|James Franklin||Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year||December 7, 2016|||
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