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1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football
ConferenceIndependent
1987 record8–4
Head coachJoe Paterno (22nd season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,370)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse           11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina           8 4 0
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Penn State           8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame           8 4 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Rutgers           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Northern Illinois           5 5 1
West Virginia           6 6 0
Tulane           6 6 0
Army           5 6 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Akron           4 7 0
Cincinnati           4 7 0
Louisville           3 7 1
Temple           3 8 0
Tulsa           3 8 0
Navy           2 9 0
Virginia Tech           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5Bowling GreenNo. 11W 45–1984,574
September 12No. 19 AlabamaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
CBSL 13–2485,619
September 19CincinnatiNo. 20
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 41–082,000
September 26at Boston CollegeNo. 15ESPNW 27–1750,267
October 3TempleNo. 14
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 27–1384,000
October 10RutgersdaggerNo. 14
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 35–2185,376
October 17at No. 13 SyracuseNo. 10CBSL 21–4850,011
October 31West VirginiaNo. 18
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 25–2185,108
November 7at MarylandNo. 16W 21–1662,500
November 14at PittsburghNo. 15ESPNL 0–1056,500
November 21No. 7 Notre Dame
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
CBSW 21–2084,000
January 1, 1988vs. No. 14 ClemsonNo. 20ABC NationalL 10–3553,152
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 7 0 7 6 20
• Penn St 7 7 0 7 21

[2]

RosterEdit

1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 9 Alexander, MikeMike Alexander Sr
QB 12 Bill, TomTom Bill Fr
T 74 Clayton, StanStan Clayton Sr
WR 26 Daniels, DavidDavid Daniels Fr
C 78 Duffy, RogerRoger Duffy So
TE 89 Mrosko, BobBob Mrosko Jr
WR 6 Roundtree, RayRay Roundtree Sr
WR 79 Szott, DaveDave Szott So
RB 32 Thomas, BlairBlair Thomas So
WR 5 Timpson, MichaelMichael Timpson Jr
G 66 Wisniewski, SteveSteve Wisniewski Jr
C 72 Wolf, MikeMike Wolf Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 35 Bauer, TreyTrey Bauer Sr
LB 31 Collins, AndreAndre Collins So
DT 85 Giannetti, FrankFrank Giannetti Fr
LB 90 Giftopoulos, PetePete Giftopoulos Sr
S 3 Henderson, MarquesMarques Henderson Sr
LB 84 Karpinski, KeithKeith Karpinski Jr
LB 92 McDonald, QuintusQuintus McDonald Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

NFL DraftEdit

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 3 58 Ray Roundtree Wide receiver Detroit Lions
8th 6 199 Mike Alexander Wide receiver Los Angeles Raiders
10th 1 250 Stan Clayton Offensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
11th 11 289 Pete Curkendall Buffalo Bills

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. 1987 Nov 22.
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