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1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Consensus national champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 27–23 vs. Georgia
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1982 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (17th season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Anderson
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 13 Florida State           9 3 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas State           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] Penn State defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 27–23, in the Sugar Bowl to win Joe Paterno's first consensus national championship. The team was selected national champion by AP, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Litkenhous, Matthews, NCF, NFF, NY Times, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI/coaches, and USA/CNN, while named co-champion by Helms.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 41:30 p.m.TempleNo. 8ESPN (tape delay)W 31–1480,000
September 111:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
TCSW 39–3184,597
September 181:30 p.m.RutgersNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 49–1483,268
September 253:50 p.m.No. 2 NebraskaNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
CBSW 27–2485,304
October 91:30 p.m.at No. 4 AlabamaNo. 3CBSL 21–4276,821
October 161:30 p.m.SyracusedaggerNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
TCSW 28–784,762
October 231:30 p.m.at No. 13 West VirginiaNo. 9USAW 24–060,958
October 301:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 8TCSW 52–1733,205
November 61:30 p.m.NC StateNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 54–084,837
November 133:50 p.m.at No. 13 Notre DameNo. 5ABCW 24–1459,075
November 2612:30 p.m.No. 5 PittsburghNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 19–1085,522
January 1, 19838:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 GeorgiaNo. 2ABCW 27–2378,124

RosterEdit

1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Blackledge, ToddTodd Blackledge Sr
TE 80 Bowman, KirkKirk Bowman Jr
T 79 Contz, BillBill Contz Sr
T 72 Heller, RonRon Heller Jr
WR 19 Garrity, GreggGregg Garrity Sr
C 58 Haden, NickNick Haden So
WR 82 Jackson, KennyKenny Jackson Jr
G 60 Laube, DaveDave Laube Sr
TE 81 McCloskey, MikeMike McCloskey Sr
RB 29 Mumford, TonyTony Mumford So
G 56 Speros, PetePete Speros Jr
FB 43 Williams, JonJon Williams So
RB 25 Warner, CurtCurt Warner Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 39 Biondi, DanDan Biondi Sr
CB 23 Cunningham, AlvinAlvin Cunningham So
DT 70 Gattuso, GregGreg Gattuso Jr
Hero 17 Hamilton, HarryHarry Hamilton Jr
CB 49 Jackson, RogerRoger Jackson Sr
LB 98 Kelley, KenKen Kelley Sr
LB 37 Lee Ashley, WalkerWalker Lee Ashley Sr
DT 65 Opfar, DaveDave Opfar Sr
LB 33 Paffenroth, DaveDave Paffenroth Sr
LB 55 Puz, RodgerRodger Puz Sr
LB 97 Radecic, ScottScott Radecic Jr
S 32 Robinson, MarkMark Robinson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 13 Gancitano, NickNick Gancitano So
P 21 Giacomarro, RalphRalph Giacomarro Sr
PK 10 Manca, MassimoMassimo Manca Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

RankingsEdit

AP PollEdit

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
8 7 8 8 3 3 8 9 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 1

UPI PollEdit

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final
5 8 5 3 3 10 8 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 1

Game summariesEdit

TempleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–3–1 1981 PSU, 30–0
Temple vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Temple 0 7 0 7

14

#8 Penn State 21 3 0 7

31

at Beaver Stadium

Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU – Warner, 40-yard TD pass from Blackledge, Manca kick good, (PSU 7–0)
  • PSU – Baugh, 31-yard TD pass from Blackledge, Manca kick good, (PSU 14–0)
  • PSU – WIlliams, 16-yard TD pass from Blackledge, Manca kick good, (PSU 21–0)
Second Quarter
  • TU – Slade, 1-yard TD pass from Riordan, Clauser kick good, (PSU 21–7)
  • PSU – Manca, 37-yard field goal, (PSU 24–7)
Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter
  • PSU – Williams, 4-yard TD pass from Blackledge, Manca kick good, (PSU 31–7)
  • TU – Brown, 14-yard TD pass from Riordan, Clauser kick good, (PSU 31–14)
Top passers
  • TU –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • TU –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • TU –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • TU –
  • PSU –

MarylandEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–1–5 1980 PSU, 24–10
Maryland vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 3 7 14 7

31

#7 Penn State 3 17 9 10

39

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,597
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
  • MD –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Third Quarter
  • MD –
  • PSU –
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • MD –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • MD –
  • PSU –

RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–1 1979 PSU, 45–10
Rutgers vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rutgers 7 7 0 0

14

#5 Penn State 7 14 14 14

49

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 83,268
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
  • RUT –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • RUT –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • RUT –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • RUT –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • RUT –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • RUT –
  • PSU –

#2 NebraskaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1981 PSU, 30–24
Nebraska vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Nebraska 0 7 7 10

24

#8 Penn State 7 7 7 6

27

at Beaver Stadium

Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • NEB –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
  • NEB –
Fourth Quarter
  • NEB –
  • NEB –
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • NEB –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • NEB –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • NEB –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • NEB –
  • PSU –

#4 AlabamaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1981 ALA, 31–16
Penn State vs. Alabama – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Penn State 7 0 7 7

21

#4 Alabama 7 14 3 18

42

at Legion Field

Game information
First Quarter
  • ALA –
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • ALA –
  • ALA –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
  • ALA –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
  • ALA –
  • ALA –
  • ALA –
Top passers
  • PSU –
  • ALA –
Top rushers
  • PSU –
  • ALA –
Top receivers
  • PSU –
  • ALA –
Top defenders
  • PSU –
  • ALA –

SyracuseEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–21–5 1981 PSU, 41–16
Syracuse vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 0 7 0 0

7

#8 Penn State 7 14 0 7

28

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • SU –
  • PSU –
Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • SU –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • SU –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • SU –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • SU –
  • PSU –

#13 West VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–7–2 1981 PSU, 30–7
Penn State vs. West Virginia – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Penn State 3 7 0 14

24

#13 West Virginia 0 0 0 0

0

at Mountaineer Field

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 60,958
  • TV: USA
Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU – Gancitano, 31-yard field goal, 6:14 (PSU 3–0)
Second Quarter
  • PSU – Williams, 4-yard TD run, Gancitano kick good, 1:57 (PSU 10–0)
Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter
  • PSU – Radecic 85-yard interception return for TD, Gancitano kick good, 11:29 (PSU 17–0)
  • PSU – Jackson, 9-yard TD run, Gancitano kick good, 2:42 (PSU 24–0)
Top passers
  • PSU –
  • WVU –
Top rushers
  • PSU –
  • WVU –
Top receivers
  • PSU –
  • WVU –
Top defenders
  • PSU –
  • WVU –

Boston CollegeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–0 1981 PSU, 38–7
Penn State vs. Boston College – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Penn State 14 17 7 14

52

Boston College 7 3 0 7

17

at Alumni Stadium

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 33,205
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information
First Quarter
  • BC –
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • BC –
  • PSU –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
Fourth Quarter
  • BC –
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • PSU –
  • BC –
Top rushers
  • PSU –
  • BC –
Top receivers
  • PSU –
  • BC –
Top defenders
  • PSU –
  • BC –

North Carolina StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–2 1981 PSU, 22–15
North Carolina State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina State 0 0 0 0

0

#7 Penn State 17 9 21 7

54

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • NCST –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • NCST –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • NCST –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • NCST –
  • PSU –

#13 Notre DameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4–1 1981 PSU, 24–21
Penn State vs. Notre Dame – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Penn State 0 13 0 11

24

#13 Notre Dame 7 7 0 0

14

at Notre Dame Stadium

Game information
First Quarter
  • ND – C. Smith, 8-yard TD pass from Karcher, Johnston kick good (ND 7–0)
Second Quarter
  • PSU – Blackledge, 1-yard TD run, Jancitano kick good (TIE 7–7)
  • PSU – Jancitano 41-yard field goal (PSU 10–7)
  • PSU – Jancitano 29-yard field goal (PSU 13–7)
  • ND – Pinkett, 93-yard TD kickoff return, Johnston kick good (ND 14–13)
Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter
  • PSU – Warner, 48-yard TD pass from Blackledge, pass failed (PSU 19–14)
  • PSU – Safety, Pinkett tackled by Ashley in end zone (PSU 21–14)
  • PSU – Jancitano 27-yard field goal (PSU 24–14)
Top passing
  • PSU –
  • ND –
Top rushers
  • PSU –
  • ND –
Top receivers
  • PSU –
  • ND –
Top defenders
  • PSU –
  • ND –

#5 PittsburghEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
38–36–3 1981 PSU, 48–14
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Pittsburgh 0 7 0 3

10

#2 Penn State 3 0 10 6

19

at Beaver Stadium

Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
Second Quarter
  • PITT –
Third Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PITT –
  • PSU –
Top passers
  • PITT –
  • PSU –
Top rushers
  • PITT –
  • PSU –
Top receivers
  • PITT –
  • PSU –
Top defenders
  • PITT –
  • PSU –

#1 Georgia (Sugar Bowl)Edit

Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting
Penn State vs. Georgia – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Penn State 7 13 0 7

27

#1 Georgia 3 7 7 6

23

at Louisiana Superdome

Game information
First Quarter
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Second Quarter
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Third Quarter
  • UGA –
Fourth Quarter
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Top passers
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Top rushers
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Top receivers
  • PSU –
  • UGA –
Top defenders
  • PSU –
  • UGA –

AwardsEdit

Davey O'Brien Award
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Nittany Lion of the Year

NFL DraftEdit

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 3 3 Curt Warner Running back Seattle Seahawks
1st 7 7 Todd Blackledge Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
3rd 17 73 Walker Lee Ashley Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
4th 4 88 Mike McCloskey Tight end Houston Oilers
5th 10 122 Bill Contz Offensive tackle Cleveland Browns
5th 28 140 Gregg Garrity Wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
10th 8 261 Dave Laube Detroit Lions
10th 10 263 Pete Speros Seattle Seahawks
10th 15 268 Ralph Giacomarro Punter Atlanta Falcons

MediaEdit

RadioEdit

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Studio host
WMAJ AM 1450 Fran Fisher

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/penn_state/1980-1984_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 114. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2018/FBS.pdf. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. Eugene Register-Guard. November 14, 1982. Retrieved December 15, 2014.

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