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1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 31–19 vs. Ohio State
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
1980 record10–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (15th season)
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Division I-A independents football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
#5 Florida State           10 2 0
#8 Penn State           10 2 0
#9 Notre Dame           9 2 1
#18 Miami           9 3 0
Southern Miss           9 3 0
Navy           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
Boston College           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           7 4 0
Rutgers           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Tulane           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
North Texas           6 5 0
Villanova           6 5 0
West Virginia           6 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Richmond           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
East Carolina           4 7 0
Illinois State           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
Holy Cross           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Memphis           2 9 0
William & Mary           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 6ColgateNo. 18W 54–1078,926
September 20at Texas A&MNo. 12ESPN (tape delay)W 25–966,234
September 27No. 3 NebraskaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 7–2184,585
October 4at No. 9 MissouriNo. 17ESPN (tape delay)W 29–2175,298
October 11at MarylandNo. 14W 24–1048,123
October 18SyracusedaggerNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 24–784,000
October 25at West VirginiaNo. 13W 20–1549,000
November 1Miami (FL)No. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 27–1283,661
November 8North Carolina StateNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 21–1383,847
November 15at TempleNo. 9W 50–749,313
November 28No. 4 PittsburghNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 9–1482,459
December 26vs. No. 11 Ohio StateNo. 10NBCW 31–1966,738
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 22 Baar, TomTom Baar So
QB 14 Blackledge, ToddTodd Blackledge So
WR 29 Cherewka, MarkMark Cherewka Sr
T 77 Dugan, BillBill Dugan Sr
G 62 Farrell, SeanSean Farrell Jr
WR 19 Garrity, GreggGregg Garrity So
TE 85 Kab, VytoVyto Kab Jr
RB 38 Meade, MikeMike Meade Jr
RB 48 Moore, BookerBooker Moore Sr
G 78 Munchak, MikeMike Munchak Jr
C 53 Romano, JimJim Romano Jr
TE 80 Scovill, BradBrad Scovill Sr
RB 25 Warner, CurtCurt Warner So
FB 44 Williams, JonJon Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 30 Bradley, MattMatt Bradley Jr
DT 94 Case, FrankFrank Case Sr
Hero 17 Hamilton, HarryHarry Hamilton Fr
LB 98 Kelley, KenKen Kelley So
DE 37 Lee Ashley, WalkerWalker Lee Ashley So
LB 65 Opfar, DaveDave Opfar Jr
LB 94 Parlavecchio, ChetChet Parlavecchio Jr
LB 97 Radecic, ScottScott Radecic Fr
S 23 Walsh, JohnJohn Walsh Sr
DT 61 Wisniewski, LeoLeo Wisniewski Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Franco, BrianBrian Franco Jr
P 21 Giacomarro, RalphRalph Giacomarro So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summariesEdit

SyracuseEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Syracuse 0 0 7 0 7
• Penn St 3 7 0 14 24
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: Beaver Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,790

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[2]


Fiesta BowlEdit

1980 Fiesta Bowl
by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 6 13 0 0 19
Penn State 7 3 7 14 31
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
  • Game attendance: 66,738

[3]


NFL DraftEdit

Seven Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1981 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 28 28 Booker Moore Running back Buffalo Bills
3rd 2 58 Bill Dugan Offensive guard Seattle Seahawks
6th 9 147 Pete Kugler Nose tackle San Francisco 49ers
6th 10 148 Larry Kubin Linebacker Washington Redskins
7th 20 186 Brad Scovill Seattle Seahawks
8th 21 214 Gene Gladys New Orleans Saints
11th 13 289 Frank Case Defensive end Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

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