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1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football
National champion (Dunkel)
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 26–10 vs. USC
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1981 record10–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (16th season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Anderson
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
No. 17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas State           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was selected national champion by Dunkel, an NCAA-designated major selector,[2] while Clemson was the consensus national champion.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12CincinnatiNo. 9ESPN (tape delay)W 52–084,342
September 26at No. 15 NebraskaNo. 3ESPN (tape delay)W 30–2476,308
October 3TempleNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 30–084,562
October 10Boston CollegedaggerNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN (tape delay)W 38–784,473
October 17at SyracuseNo. 2W 41–1650,037
October 24West VirginiaNo. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ESPN (tape delay)W 30–785,012
October 31at MiamiNo. 1ABC NationalL 14–1732,117
November 7at North Carolina StateNo. 6W 22–1548,800
November 14No. 6 AlabamaNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABC RegionalL 16–3185,133
November 21Notre DameNo. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN (tape delay)W 24–2184,175
November 28at No. 1 PittsburghNo. 11ABC NationalW 48–1460,260
January 1, 1982vs. No. 8 USCNo. 7NBCW 26–1071,053
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

Boston CollegeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Boston College 0 0 0 7 7
• Penn St 10 14 7 7 38

[3]

Notre DameEdit

Notre Dame at #13 Penn St
by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 7 7 7 0 21
Penn St 14 3 0 7 24

Following the game, Penn State accepted an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl.

PittsburghEdit

#11 Penn St at #1 Pittsburgh
by Quarter1234 Total
Penn St 0 14 17 17 48
Pittsburgh 14 0 0 0 14
  • Source:

The Nittany Lions snapped the Panthers' 17-game winning streak in convincing fashion.[4]

RosterEdit

1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Blackledge, ToddTodd Blackledge Jr
TE 80 Bowman, KirkKirk Bowman So
T 79 Contz, BillBill Contz Jr
G 62 Farrell, SeanSean Farrell Sr
WR 19 Garrity, GreggGregg Garrity Jr
T 72 Heller, RonRon Heller So
WR 82 Jackson, KennyKenny Jackson So
TE 85 Kab, VytoVyto Kab Sr
RB 38 Meade, MikeMike Meade Sr
G 78 Munchak, MikeMike Munchak Sr
C 53 Romano, JimJim Romano Sr
FB 43 Williams, JonJon Williams So
RB 25 Warner, CurtCurt Warner Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 30 Bradley, MattMatt Bradley Sr
Hero 17 Hamilton, HarryHarry Hamilton So
CB 49 Jackson, RogerRoger Jackson Jr
LB 98 Kelley, KenKen Kelley Jr
CB 12 Lankford, PaulPaul Lankford Sr
LB 37 Lee Ashley, WalkerWalker Lee Ashley Jr
LB 94 Parlavecchio, ChetChet Parlavecchio Jr
LB 97 Radecic, ScottScott Radecic So
DT 61 Wisniewski, LeoLeo Wisniewski Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Franco, BrianBrian Franco Sr
P 21 Giacomarro, RalphRalph Giacomarro Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

NFL DraftEdit

Ten Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 8 8 Mike Munchak Offensive guard Houston Oilers
1st 17 17 Sean Farrell Offensive guard Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2nd 1 28 Leo Wisniewski Nose tackle Baltimore Colts
2nd 10 37 Jim Romano Center Los Angeles Raiders
3rd 23 78 Vyto Kab Tight end Philadelphia Eagles
3rd 25 80 Paul Lankford Defensive back Miami Dolphins
5th 15 126 Mike Meade Running back Green Bay Packers
6th 13 152 Chet Parlavecchio Linebacker Green Bay Packers
9th 11 234 Matt Bradley Houston Oilers
10th 12 263 Rich D'Amico Los Angeles Raiders

AwardsEdit

Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award

ReferencesEdit

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