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1973 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 16–9 vs. LSU
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
1973 record12–0
Head coachJoe Paterno (8th season)
CaptainJohn Cappelletti
CaptainRandy Crowder
CaptainMark Markovich
CaptainEd O'Neil
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 57,538)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 NCAA Division I Independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame         11 0 0
No. 5 Penn State         12 0 0
No. 9 Houston         11 1 0
Temple         9 1 0
No. 20 Tulane         9 3 0
Memphis State         8 3 0
Boston College         7 4 0
South Carolina         7 4 0
Utah State         7 4 0
Air Force         6 4 0
Southern Miss         6 4 1
Northern Illinois         6 5 0
Rutgers         6 5 0
West Virginia         6 5 0
Pittsburgh         6 5 1
Colgate         5 5 0
Dayton         5 5 1
Xavier         5 5 1
Georgia Tech         5 6 0
Holy Cross         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         5 6 0
Cincinnati         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
Villanova         3 8 0
Syracuse         2 9 0
Virginia Tech         2 9 0
Army         0 10 0
Florida State         0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. Penn State's third undefeated season under Joe Paterno was led by John Cappelletti who would become the first Penn State player to win the Heisman Trophy.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 15at StanfordNo. 7ABCW 20–657,000
September 22at NavyNo. 7W 39–028,383
September 29IowadaggerNo. 6W 27–859,980
October 6at Air ForceNo. 7ABCW 19–937,077
October 13ArmyNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 54–358,194
October 20at SyracuseNo. 5W 49–627,595
October 27West VirginiaNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 62–1459,138
November 3at MarylandNo. 6W 42–2244,135
November 10NC StateNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 35–2959,424
November 17OhioNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 49–1051,804
November 24No. 20 PittsburghNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 35–1356,600
January 1, 1974vs. No. 13 LSUNo. 6NBCW 16–960,477
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1973 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 74 Bleamer, JeffJeff Bleamer Jr
RB 22 Cappelletti, JohnJohn Cappelletti Sr
RB 32 Donchez, TomTom Donchez Jr
T 77 Getty, CharlieCharlie Getty Sr
WR 28 Hayman, GaryGary Hayman Sr
T 65 LaPorta, PhilPhil LaPorta Sr
C 54 Markovich, MarkMark Markovich Sr
G 61 Nessel, JohnJohn Nessel Jr
G 72 Rafferty, TomTom Rafferty So
WR 19 Scott, JimmyJimmy Scott Sr
QB 12 Shuman, TomTom Shuman Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Allerman, KurtKurt Allerman Fr
LB 68 Allen, DougDoug Allen Sr
LB 67 Buttle, GregGreg Buttle So
DT 53 Crowder, RandyRandy Crowder Sr
LB 66 Devlin, ChrisChris Devlin Jr
DE 85 Graf, DaveDave Graf Jr
DE 79 Hartenstine, MikeMike Hartenstine Jr
LB 41 Hull, TomTom Hull Sr
S 11 Koniszewski, JackJack Koniszewski Sr
S 14 Mitchell, ScottScott Mitchell Sr
LB 87 O'Neil, EdEd O'Neil Sr
LB 33 Rosecrans, JimJim Rosecrans So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 99 Bahr, ChrisChris Bahr So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summariesEdit

NavyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Penn State 7 20 10 2

39

Navy 0 0 0 0

0

at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

  • Date: Saturday, September 22
  • Game attendance: 28,383
  • Recap

Penn State capitalized on a fumble and two short punts to score three second-quarter touchdowns and break the game wide open against Navy. The Nittany Lions opened scoring with just one second left in the first as QB Tom Shuman hit SE Gary Heyman for a touchdown to cap an 88-yard drive. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, E Greg Murphy recovered a fumble by RB Bob Jackson at the Navy 41, and the Lions took two-and-a-half minutes and five plays to score again. Penn State scored on two more quick drives of 60 and 51 yards following short punts into a stiff wind by John Stufflebeem. The Lions added a field goal by Chris Bahr midway through the third and backup QB John Clark capped a 56-yard drive with a keeper to put Penn State ahead 37-0. The final points of the contest came when a snap from Navy's center sailed over Stufflebeem's head and out of the end zone for a safety.[1]

SyracuseEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Penn St 3 19 21 6 49
Syracuse 0 0 6 0 6

[2]


StatisticsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Shuman 83 161 1,375 13 5
Barvinchak 8 15 163 1 2
Cappelletti 1 2 17 0 0
Clark 1 4 −3 0 0
Petchel 0 1 0 0 0

[3]

Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Ten Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1974 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 8 8 Ed O'Neil Linebacker Detroit Lions
1st 11 11 John Cappelletti Running back Los Angeles Rams
2nd 1 27 Doug Allen Linebacker Buffalo Bills
2nd 15 41 Charlie Getty Offensive tackle Kansas City Chiefs
2nd 17 43 Mark Markovich Center San Diego Chargers
5th 2 106 Gary Hayman Running back Buffalo Bills
6th 6 136 Randy Crowder Defensive tackle Miami Dolphins
9th 9 217 Phil LaPorta Offensive tackle New Orleans Saints
10th 22 256 Chuck Herd Cincinnati Bengals
12th 8 294 Tom Hull Linebacker San Francisco 49ers

AwardsEdit

Heisman Trophy
Maxwell Award
Walter Camp Award

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Nittany Lions Roar Past Outclassed Midshipmen." Palm Beach Post. p. 84. 1973 Sep 23.
  2. Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Oct 21.
  3. Nittany Anthology
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