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1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 0–14 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 10
1972 record10–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (7th season)
CaptainGregg Ducatte
CaptainJim Heller
CaptainJohn Hufnagel
CaptainCarl Schaukowitch
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,538)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Penn State         10 2 0
No. 14 Notre Dame         8 3 0
Utah State         8 3 0
West Virginia         8 4 0
Florida State         7 4 0
Northern Illinois         7 4 0
Rutgers         7 4 0
No. 20 Georgia Tech         7 4 1
Air Force         6 4 0
Army         6 4 0
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Houston         6 4 1
Tulane         6 5 0
Temple         5 4 0
Colgate         5 4 1
Holy Cross         5 4 1
Syracuse         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         5 6 0
Dayton         4 6 1
Boston College         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
South Carolina         4 7 0
Southern Miss         3 7 1
Xavier         2 8 0
Cincinnati         2 9 0
Villanova         2 9 0
Pittsburgh         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Penn State Nittany Lions represented Pennsylvania State University in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. As a result of using ineligible players, the Oklahoma Sooners were ordered to forfeit seven wins from their 1972 season, including their on-field win over the Nittany Lions. However, Paterno and Penn State refused to accept the forfeit, and the bowl game is officially recorded as a loss.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16at No. 7 TennesseeNo. 6L 21–2871,647
September 23NavyNo. 11W 21–1050,547
September 30IowaNo. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 14–1058,065
October 7at IllinoisNo. 16W 35–1760,349
October 14at ArmyNo. 15W 45–042,352
October 21SyracusedaggerNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 17–060,465
October 28at No. 18 West VirginiaNo. 11ABCW 28–1937,000
November 4MarylandNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 46–1658,171
November 11NC StateNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 37–2254,274
November 18at Boston CollegeNo. 6W 45–2623,119
November 25PittsburghNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 49–2738,600
December 31vs. No. 2 OklahomaNo. 5ABCL 0–1480,123
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1972 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 74 Bleamer, JeffJeff Bleamer So
C 50 Brown, RickRick Brown Sr
RB 22 Cappelletti, JohnJohn Cappelletti Jr
T 77 Getty, CharlieCharlie Getty Jr
WR 28 Hayman, GaryGary Hayman Jr
QB 14 Hufnagel, JohnJohn Hufnagel Sr
T 65 LaPorta, PhilPhil LaPorta Jr
C 54 Markovich, MarkMark Markovich Jr
G 69 Schaukowitch, CarlCarl Schaukowitch Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 68 Allen, DougDoug Allen Jr
DE 83 Bannon, BruceBruce Bannon Sr
DT 53 Crowder, RandyRandy Crowder Jr
LB 66 Devlin, ChrisChris Devlin So
DE 85 Graf, DaveDave Graf So
DT 79 Hartenstine, MikeMike Hartenstine So
LB 47 Laslavic, JimJim Laslavic Sr
LB 89 O'Neil, EdEd O'Neil Jr
LB 81 Skorupan, JohnJohn Skorupan Sr
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 DraftEdit

Five Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1973 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 19 71 Jim Laslavic Linebacker Detroit Lions
5th 12 116 Bruce Bannon Linebacker New York Jets
6th 6 136 John Skorupan Linebacker Buffalo Bills
14th 10 348 John Hufnagel Quarterback Denver Broncos
15th 17 381 Carl Schaukowitch Offensive guard New York Giants

AwardsEdit

Walter Camp Coach of the Year

ReferencesEdit

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