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1968 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 15–14 vs. Kansas
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 2
1968 record11–0
Head coachJoe Paterno (3rd season)
CaptainJohn Kulka
CaptainMike Reid
CaptainSteve Smear
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 46,284)
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State         11 0 0
Rutgers         8 2 0
West Texas State         8 2 0
No. 5 Notre Dame         7 2 1
Florida State         8 3 0
Air Force         7 3 0
Army         7 3 0
Buffalo         7 3 0
No. 18 Houston         6 2 2
Utah State         7 3 0
Boston College         7 3 0
West Virginia         7 3 0
VPI         7 4 0
Pacific         6 4 0
Syracuse         6 4 0
Villanova         6 4 0
Xavier         6 4 0
Colgate         5 5 0
Dayton         5 5 0
Miami (FL)         5 5 0
New Mexico State         5 5 0
Georgia Tech         4 6 0
[[{{{school}}}|Southern Miss]]         4 6 0
Holy Cross         3 6 1
San Jose State         3 7 0
Navy         2 8 0
Tulane         2 8 0
Pittsburgh         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 Penn State Nittany Lions represented Pennsylvania State University in the 1968 NCAA University Division football season. The 1968 team was Paterno's first perfect season. Despite going 11–0, the Nittany Lions finished behind 9–0 Ohio State and 9–0–1 USC in both polls.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 21NavyNo. 10W 31–649,273
September 28Kansas StateNo. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 25–945,024
October 5at West VirginiaNo. 3W 31–2034,500
October 12at UCLANo. 3ABCW 21–635,772
October 26at Boston CollegeNo. 4W 29–025,272
November 2ArmydaggerNo. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 28–2449,653
November 9Miami (FL)No. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 22–750,132
November 16at MarylandNo. 3W 57–1330,000
November 23at PittsburghNo. 3W 65–931,224
December 7SyracuseNo. 3
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 30–1241,393
January 1, 1969vs. No. 6 KansasNo. 3NBCW 15–1477,719
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1968 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 80 Angevine, LeonLeon Angevine Sr
T 73 Bradley, DaveDave Bradley Sr
QB 22 Buckhart, ChuckChuck Buckhart Sr
WR 23 Campbell, BobBob Campbell Sr
QB 25 Cooper, MikeMike Cooper So
WR 88 Edmonds, GregGreg Edmonds So
G 63 Jackson, TomTom Jackson Jr
C 56 Koegel, WarrenWarren Koegel So
RB 24 Pittman, CharlieCharlie Pittman Jr
TE 82 Kwalick, TedTed Kwalick Sr
G 60 Zapiec, CharlieCharlie Zapiec So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 72 Ebersole, JohnJohn Ebersole Jr
LB 33 Ham, JackJack Ham So
LB 51 Hull, GaryGary Hull So
DE 15 Koiwai, MarkMark Koiwai So
LB 35 Onkotz, DennisDennis Onkotz Jr
DT 68 Reid, MikeMike Reid 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

Roster

Post seasonEdit

NFL/AFL Common DraftEdit

Five Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1969 NFL/AFL Common Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 7 7 Ted Kwalick Tight end San Francisco 49ers
2nd 12 38 Dave Bradley Offensive guard Green Bay Packers
4th 4 82 Bob Campbell Wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
7th 18 174 John Kulka Miami Dolphins
15th 3 367 Leon Angevine Philadelphia Eagles

ReferencesEdit

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