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1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 42–30 vs. Arizona State
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 5
1977 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (12th season)
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky (1st season as DC; 9th overall season)
CaptainJohn Dunn
CaptainSteve Geise
CaptainRon Hostetler
CaptainRandy Sidler
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 60,203)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
Template:1977 Division I Independents football records

The 1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 2at RutgersNo. 13W 45–764,790
September 17HoustonNo. 10W 31–1462,554
September 24MarylandNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 27–962,079
October 1No. 16 KentuckyNo. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 20–2462,196
October 8Utah StatedaggerNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 16–762,015
October 15at SyracuseNo. 10W 31–2427,029
October 22West VirginiaNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 49–2862,108
October 29Miami (FL)No. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 49–761,853
November 5at North Carolina StateNo. 9W 21–1744,800
November 12TempleNo. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 44–761,327
November 26at No. 10 PittsburghNo. 9ABCW 15–1356,500
December 25vs. No. 15 Arizona StateNo. 9CBSW 42–3057,766
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1977 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 81 Bassett, BobBob Bassett Jr
WR 44 Cefalo, JimmyJimmy Cefalo Sr
WR 19 Donovan, TomTom Donovan So
T 68 Cummingham, EricEric Cummingham Jr
T 71 Dorney, KeithKeith Dorney Jr
WR 46 Fitzkee, ScottScott Fitzkee Jr
QB 14 Fusina, ChuckChuck Fusina Jr
RB 24 Guman, MikeMike Guman So
TE 82 Shuler, MickeyMickey Shuler Sr
RB 32 Suhey, MattMatt Suhey So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 25 Bradley, TomTom Bradley Jr
DE 54 Clark, BruceBruce Clark So
LB 95 DePaso, TomTom DePaso Sr
S 27 Harris, PetePete Harris So
DE 74 Kubin, LarryLarry Kubin Fr
DT 57 Kugler, PetePete Kugler Fr
LB 56 Mehl, LanceLance Mehl So
LB 60 Millen, MattMatt Millen So
DE 28 Milot, RichRich Milot Jr
DT 78 Sidler, RandyRandy Sidler Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Bahr, MattMatt Bahr Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summariesEdit

Miami (FL)Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Miami (FL) 0 0 0 7 7
Penn St 7 28 14 0 49
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 61,853

[1]


Fiesta BowlEdit

Fiesta Bowl
#15 Arizona State vs. #8 Penn State
by Quarter1234 Total
Arizona St 0 14 0 16 30
Penn St 14 3 7 18 42

[2]


Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Seven Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1978 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 5 61 Mickey Shuler Tight end New York Jets
3rd 25 81 Jimmy Cefalo Wide receiver Miami Dolphins
5th 4 113 Randy Sidler New York Jets
6th 17 155 Steve Geise Cincinnati Bengals
9th 5 227 Neil Hutton New York Jets
10th 17 267 Tom DePaso Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
11th 25 303 Ron Hostetler Los Angeles Rams

ReferencesEdit

  1. Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Oct 29.
  2. "Penn State runs mark to 11-1." Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Dec 26.
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