1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Cotton Bowl champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 5
1971 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (6th season)
CaptainDave Joyner
CaptainCharlie Zapiec
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 48,284)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Penn State         11 1 0
Boston College         9 2 0
No. 17 Houston         9 3 0
No. 13 Notre Dame         8 2 0
Utah State         8 3 0
Florida State         8 4 0
Cincinnati         7 4 0
West Virginia         7 4 0
Temple         6 2 1
Air Force         6 4 0
Army         6 4 0
Colgate         6 4 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Southern Miss         6 5 0
Georgia Tech         6 6 0
New Mexico State         5 5 1
Northern Illinois         5 5 1
Syracuse         5 5 1
Dayton         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         4 7 0
Rutgers         4 7 0
Virginia Tech         4 7 0
Navy         3 8 0
Pittsburgh         3 8 0
Tulane         3 8 0
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1971 NCAA University Division football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18at NavyNo. 14W 56–326,855
September 25at IowaNo. 12ABCW 44–1444,303
October 2Air ForceNo. 9W 16–1450,459
October 9ArmyNo. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 42–049,887
October 16at SyracuseNo. 9W 31–041,382
October 23TCUdaggerNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 66–1451,896
October 30at West VirginiaNo. 6W 35–737,000
November 6MarylandNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 63–2750,144
November 13North Carolina StateNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 35–350,477
November 20at PittsburghNo. 6W 55–1839,539
December 4at No. 12 TennesseeNo. 5ABCL 11–3159,542
January 1, 1972vs. No. 12 TexasNo. 10CBSW 30–672,000
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit | edit source]

1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 50 Brown, RickRick Brown Jr
RB 22 Cappelletti, JohnJohn Cappelletti So
T 77 Getty, CharlieCharlie Getty So
RB 34 Harris, FrancoFranco Harris Sr
QB 14 Hufnagel, JohnJohn Hufnagel Jr
RB 23 Mitchell, LydellLydell Mitchell Sr
TE 40 Rickenbach, BobBob Rickenbach Sr
G 69 Schaukowitch, CarlCarl Schaukowitch Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 83 Bannon, BruceBruce Bannon Jr
DT 53 Crowder, RandyRandy Crowder So
LB 47 Laslavic, JimJim Laslavic Jr
LB 89 O'Neil, EdEd O'Neil So
DE 81 Skorupan, JohnJohn Skorupan Jr
LB 60 Zapiec, CharlieCharlie Zapiec Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
TE/P 86 Parsons, BobBob Parsons Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Air Force[edit | edit source]

Alberto Vitiello, a 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) junior college transfer, kicked a 22-yard field goal with four minutes to help Penn State escape with a 16–14 victory over Air Force.

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NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 13 13 Franco Harris Running back Pittsburgh Steelers
2nd 22 48 Lydell Mitchell Running back Baltimore Colts
4th 15 93 Charles Zapiec Dallas Cowboys
5th 13 117 Bob Parsons Punter Chicago Bears

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/penn_state/1970-1974_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. "Vols flatten Lions". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press (Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. December 5, 1971. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QxtOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=guwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6764%2C2270159.
  3. "Texas Wishbone catches in throat". Reading Eagle. Associated Press ((Pennsylvania)): p. 61. January 2, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1I0hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=85kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3708%2C970653.
  4. "Penn State scuttles Texas for 30-6 Cotton Bowl win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. January 2, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1u9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Xe0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2264%2C916622.
  5. "Penn State Edges Air Force on Field Goal." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 3.
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