|1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football|
Cotton Bowl champion
|Head coach||Joe Paterno (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Beaver Stadium|
|1971 NCAA University Division independents football records|
|No. 5 Penn State||–||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 17 Houston||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Notre Dame||–||8||–||2||–||0|
|New Mexico State||–||5||–||5||–||1|
|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. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.
|September 18||at Navy||No. 14||W 56–3||26,855|
|September 25||at Iowa||No. 12||ABC||W 44–14||44,303|
|October 2||Air Force||No. 9||W 16–14||50,459|
|October 9||Army||No. 9||W 42–0||49,887|
|October 16||at Syracuse||No. 9||W 31–0||41,382|
|October 23||TCU||No. 7||W 66–14||51,896|
|October 30||at West Virginia||No. 6||W 35–7||37,000|
|November 6||Maryland||No. 6||W 63–27||50,144|
|November 13||North Carolina State||No. 5||W 35–3||50,477|
|November 20||at Pittsburgh||No. 6||W 55–18||39,539|
|December 4||at No. 12 Tennessee||No. 5||ABC||L 11–31||59,542|
|January 1, 1972||vs. No. 12 Texas||No. 10||CBS||W 30–6||72,000|
|1971 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster|
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.
Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft.
|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|
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Penn State Edges Air Force on Field Goal." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 3.
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