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1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Orange Bowl, L 10–25 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1985 record11–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (20th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,370)
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 9 Miami (FL)           10 2 0
Army           9 3 0
No. 15 Florida State           9 3 0
West Virginia           7 3 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Syracuse           7 5 0
Virginia Tech           6 5 0
Pittsburgh           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Southwestern Louisiana           4 7 0
Navy           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Boston College           4 8 0
Memphis           2 7 2
Rutgers           2 8 1
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Tulane           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1985 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 7at No. 7 MarylandNo. 19W 20–1850,750
September 14TempleNo. 11W 27–2584,651
September 21East CarolinaNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 17–1084,266
September 28at RutgersNo. 9W 17–1054,560
October 12No. 10 AlabamaNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 19–1785,444
October 19at SyracuseNo. 6W 24–2050,021
October 26West VirginiadaggerNo. 3
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 27–085,534
November 2Boston CollegeNo. 3
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 16–1282,000
November 9at CincinnatiNo. 2W 31–1033,528
November 16Notre DameNo. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 36–684,000
November 23at PittsburghNo. 1ESPNW 31–060,134
January 1, 1986vs. No. 3 OklahomaNo. 1NBCL 10–2574,148
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

MarylandEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Penn St 10 7 3 0 20
Maryland 0 10 8 0 18

[2]

RosterEdit

1985 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 9 Alexander, MikeMike Alexander Jr
T 74 Clayton, StanStan Clayton So
G 57 Conlin, ChrisChris Conlin Jr
RB 42 Dozier, D.J.D.J. Dozier So
G 54 Frerotte, MitchMitch Frerotte Jr
FB 27 Hornyak, JohnJohn Hornyak Jr
FB 44 Manoa, TimTim Manoa Jr
G 59 Morgan, DanDan Morgan Jr
C 56 Radecic, KeithKeith Radecic Jr
WR 6 Roundtree, RayRay Roundtree So
QB 14 Shaffer, JohnJohn Shaffer Jr
RB 35 Smith, SteveSteve Smith Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 95 Alexander, RogersRogers Alexander Sr
LB 31 Conlan, ShaneShane Conlan Jr
LB 53 Graham, DonDon Graham Jr
S 22 Isom, RayRay Isom Jr
LB 55 Johnson, TimTim Johnson Jr
DB 43 Zordich, MikeMike Zordich Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 10 Manca, MassimoMassimo Manca Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

NFL DraftEdit

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1986 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
4th 23 105 Rogers Alexander Linebacker New York Jets
7th 2 168 Bob Williams Buffalo Bills
9th 14 235 Mike Zordich Defensive back San Diego Chargers

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/penn_state/1985-1989_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. Gainesville Sun. 1985 Sept 8.
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