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1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Sugar Bowl, L 7–14 vs. Alabama
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1978 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (13th season)
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
CaptainChuck Fusina
CaptainPaul Suhey
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 76,639)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas State           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A 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 TempleNo. 3W 10–753,103
September 9RutgersNo. 3W 26–1077,154
September 16at No. 6 Ohio StateNo. 5ABCW 19–088,202
September 23SMUNo. 3
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 26–2177,704
September 30TCUNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 58–076,832
October 7at KentuckyNo. 5W 30–058,068
October 21SyracusedaggerNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 45–1577,827
October 28at West VirginiaNo. 2W 49–2134,010
November 4No. 5 MarylandNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 27–378,019
November 11North Carolina StateNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 19–1077,043
November 24No. 15 PittsburghNo. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 17–1077,465
January 1, 1979vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 1ABCL 7–1476,824
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1978 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 68 Cummingham, EricEric Cummingham Sr
WR 19 Donovan, TomTom Donovan Jr
T 71 Dorney, KeithKeith Dorney Sr
WR 46 Fitzkee, ScottScott Fitzkee Sr
QB 14 Fusina, ChuckChuck Fusina Sr
RB 24 Guman, MikeMike Guman Jr
TE 85 Kab, VytoVyto Kab Fr
RB 38 Meade, MikeMike Meade Fr
T 70 Pankey, IrvIrv Pankey Jr
RB 32 Suhey, MattMatt Suhey Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 30 Bradley, MattMatt Bradley Fr
DB 25 Bradley, TomTom Bradley Sr
DE 54 Clark, BruceBruce Clark Jr
DE 74 Kubin, LarryLarry Kubin So
DT 57 Kugler, PetePete Kugler So
LB 56 Mehl, LanceLance Mehl Jr
LB 60 Millen, MattMatt Millen Jr
LB 94 Parlavecchio, ChetChet Parlavecchio Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Bahr, MattMatt Bahr Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summariesEdit

TempleEdit

#3 Penn State at Temple
by Quarter1234 Total
• Penn St 0 0 7 3 10
Temple 0 0 0 7 7

[1]

Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Penn St 3 0 7 9 19
Ohio St 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 88,202
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 80°F; wind 10 SW

[2]

MarylandEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Maryland 0 3 0 0 3
Penn State 3 10 7 7 27

[3]

SyracuseEdit

Chuck Fusina threw four touchdown passes, including two to Scott Fitzkee as second-ranked Penn State extended its win streak to 15 games. Fusina finished 15 of 27 for 293 yards.[4]

Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1979 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 10 10 Keith Dorney Offensive tackle Detroit Lions
4th 14 96 Eric Cunningham Offensive guard New York Jets
5th 16 126 Scott Fitzkee Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
5th 23 133 Chuck Fusina Quarterback Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6th 8 145 Bob Torrey Runningback New York Giants
6th 28 165 Matt Bahr Kicker Pittsburgh Steelers
7th 17 182 Rich Milot Linebacker Washington Redskins
8th 4 196 Chuck Correal Center Philadelphia Eagles
10th 6 265 Tony Petruccio San Diego Chargers

AwardsEdit

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Lombardi Award
Maxwell Award
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Field goal gives Penn State win." Eugene Register-Guard. 1978 Sept 2. Retrieved 2014-Jan-05.
  2. "'Ready' Penn State Stuns No. 6 Bucks." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Sept 17.
  3. "Penn State's Defense Smothers Terps." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 5.
  4. Ocala Star-Banner. 1978 Oct 22.
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