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1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football
ConferenceIndependent
1966 record5–5
Head coachJoe Paterno (1st season)
CaptainMike Irwin
CaptainJohn Runnells
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 46,284)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame           9 0 1
Colgate           8 1 1
No. 8 Georgia Tech           9 2 0
Army           8 2 0
Dayton           8 2 0
Houston           8 2 0
Memphis           7 2 0
No. 9 Miami (FL)           8 2 1
VPI           8 2 1
Syracuse           8 3 0
Colorado State           7 3 0
New Mexico State           7 3 0
West Texas State           7 3 0
Villanova           6 3 0
Holy Cross           6 3 1
[[{{{school}}}|Southern Miss]]           6 4 0
Texas Western           6 4 0
Rutgers           5 4 0
Tulane           5 4 1
Florida State           6 5 0
Buffalo           5 5 0
Penn State           5 5 0
Air Force           4 6 0
Boston College           4 6 0
Navy           4 6 0
Utah State           4 6 0
Xavier           4 6 0
Pacific           4 7 0
San Jose State           3 7 0
Pittsburgh           1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season.[1] It was Joe Paterno's first season as head coach of Penn State.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17MarylandW 15–740,911
September 24at No. 1 Michigan StateL 8–4264,860
October 1at ArmyL 0–1131,112
October 8Boston College
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 30–2130,924
October 15at No. 4 UCLAL 11–4937,271
October 22at West VirginiaW 38–615,835
October 29Californiadagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 33–1533,332
November 5Syracuse
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABC RegionalL 10–1245,126
November 12at No. 5 Georgia TechL 0–2150,172
November 19at PittsburghW 48–2430,467
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

MarylandEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Maryland 7 0 0 0 7
• Penn St 11 0 0 4 15

[2]

Michigan StateEdit

ArmyEdit

Boston CollegeEdit

UCLAEdit

West VirginiaEdit

RosterEdit

1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 73 Bradley, DaveDave Bradley So
T 77 Buzin, RichRich Buzin Jr
WR 23 Campbell, BobBob Campbell So
C 53 Lenkaitis, BillBill Lenkaitis So
QB 25 Sherman, TomTom Sherman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 79 McBath, MikeMike McBath Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

NFL/AFL Common DraftEdit

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1967 NFL/AFL Common Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 27 53 Dave Rowe Defensive tackle New Orleans Saints
10th 20 257 John Runnells Boston Patriots
16th 22 415 Mike Irwin Buffalo Bills

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1965-1969)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/penn_state/1965-1969_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. "Penn State Trips Terrapins, 15-7." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Sept 18. Retrieved 2014-Jan-14.
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