1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Tennessee
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1991 record11–2
Head coachJoe Paterno (26th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
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Template:1991 Division I-A independents football standings

The 1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1991 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.


August 28vs. No. 8 Georgia TechNo. 7RaycomW 34–2277,409
September 7CincinnatiNo. 5PrimeW 81–094,000
September 14at USCNo. 5ABCL 10–2164,758
September 21BYUNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 33–796,304
September 28Boston CollegeNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 28–2195,927
October 5at TempleNo. 12W 24–743,808
October 12at No. 2 Miami (FL)No. 9ABCL 20–2675,723
October 19RutgersdaggerNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 37–1795,729
October 26West VirginiaNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ESPNW 51–696,445
November 9at MarylandNo. 9W 47–757,416
November 16No. 12 Notre DameNo. 8
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 35–1396,672
November 28at PittsburghNo. 6ABCW 32–2052,219
January 1, 1992vs. No. 10 TennesseeNo. 6NBCW 42–1771,133
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Season summaryEdit


  • Gerry Collins 27 Rush, 99 Yds
  • Penn State's defense sacked Ty Detmer six times and held BYU to single digits for first time since 1986


Notre DameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–7–1 1990 W 24–21


1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
RB 20 Anderson, RichieRichie Anderson Jr
T 67 Burger, ToddTodd Burger Jr
RB 21 Collins, GaryGary Collins Sr
QB 12 Collins, KerryKerry Collins Fr
TE 18 Drayton, TroyTroy Drayton Jr
RB 11 Gash, SamSam Gash Sr
G 57 Gerak, JohnJohn Gerak Jr
C 66 Huntington, GregGreg Huntington Jr
WR 24 McDuffie, O. J.O. J. McDuffie Jr
T 71 Rucci, ToddTodd Rucci Jr
QB 17 Sacca, JohnJohn Sacca Fr
QB 19 Sacca, TonyTony Sacca Sr
T 76 Siever, PaulPaul Siever Sr
WR 30 Skrip, DanDan Skrip Sr
WR 8 Smith, TerryTerry Smith Sr
Pos. # Name Class
S 13 Baggett, MattMatt Baggett Sr
DT 55 Benfatti, LouLou Benfatti So
CB 3 Davis, JeffJeff Davis Fr
LB 38 D'Onofrio, MarkMark D'Onofrio Sr
LB 42 Goganious, KeithKeith Goganious Sr
LB 58 Givens, ReggieReggie Givens Jr
CB 6 Humphries, LeonardLeonard Humphries Sr
DT 97 Jackson, TyokaTyoka Jackson So
LB 99 McKenzie, RichRich McKenzie Jr
S 9 Perry, DarrenDarren Perry Sr
DT 94 Ravotti, EricEric Ravotti Jr
CB 15 Yeboah-Kodie, FrankFrank Yeboah-Kodie So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 4 Helkowski, DougDoug Helkowski Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


NFL DraftEdit

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1992 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 6 34 Mark D'Onofrio Linebacker Green Bay Packers
2nd 18 46 Tony Sacca Quarterback Phoenix Cardinals
3rd 18 74 Paul Siever Offensive guard Washington Redskins
3rd 27 83 Keith Goganious Linebacker Buffalo Bills
8th 7 203 Darren Perry Free safety Pittsburgh Steelers
8th 9 205 Sam Gash Running back New England Patriots
8th 13 209 Andre Powell Linebacker Miami Dolphins
8th 27 223 Leonard Humphries Cornerback Buffalo Bills
11th 28 308 Terry Smith Wide receiver Washington Redskins


  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sept 22. Retrieved 2015-Dec-03.


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