1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football
National champion (DeVold, Eck, Matthews, NYT)
Co-national champion (FACT, NCF, Sagarin)
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, W 38–20 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1994 record12–0 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (29th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Penn State 8 0 0     12 0 0
#14/9 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
#12/12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 4 0     7 4 0
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion

The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1994 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. There is controversy over whether this team should have been crowned National Champions this season, after finishing unbeaten.

The team was selected national champion by DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Matthews Grid Ratings, and New York Times, while named co-champion by Rothman (FACT), National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings.[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 38:00 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 9W 56–351,134
September 103:30 p.m.No. 14 USC*No. 8ABCW 38–1496,463
September 1712:00 p.m.IowaNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 61–2195,834
September 2412:00 p.m.Rutgers*No. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 55–2795,379
October 14:00 p.m.at Temple*No. 4W 48–2138,140
October 153:30 p.m.at No. 5 MichiganNo. 3ABCW 31–24106,382
October 293:30 p.m.No. 21 Ohio StatedaggerNo. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 63–1497,079
November 512:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 2ESPNW 35–2947,754
November 123:30 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 2ABCW 35–3172,364
November 191:00 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 45–1796,383
November 264:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 2
ESPNW 59–3196,493
January 2, 19954:30 p.m.vs. No. 12 OregonNo. 2ABCW 38–20102,247
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster

1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Archie, MikeMike Archie Jr
TE 81 Brady, KyleKyle Brady Sr
RB 32 Carter, Ki-JanaKi-Jana Carter Jr
QB 12 Collins, KerryKerry Collins Sr
WR 10 Engram, BobbyBobby Engram Jr
C 60 Greeley, BuckyBucky Greeley Jr
G 50 Hartings, JeffJeff Hartings Jr
T 68 Johnson, AndreAndre Johnson Jr
WR 83 Jurevicius, JoeJoe Jurevicius Fr
RB 22 Milne, BrianBrian Milne Jr
G 64 Ostrowski, PhilPhil Ostrowski Fr
QB 14 Richardson, WallyWally Richardson So
G 54 Rivera, MarcoMarco Rivera Jr
WR 31 Scott, FreddieFreddie Scott So
FB 38 Witman, JonJon Witman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 58 Atkins, ToddTodd Atkins Jr
LB 57 Carroll, MattMatt Carroll Fr
DT 89 Clair, EricEric Clair Jr
S 46 Forbes, MarlonMarlon Forbes Sr
LB 16 Gelzheiser, BrianBrian Gelzheiser Sr
LB 51 Haren, GregGreg Haren Jr
S 3 Herring, KimKim Herring So
LB 92 Killens, TerryTerry Killens Jr
LB 44 Nelson, JimJim Nelson Fr
DT 93 Noble, BrandonBrandon Noble So
DE 91 Snyder, ChrisChris Snyder Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Aumiller, BradBrad Aumiller Sr
K 20 Conway, BrettBrett Conway So
P 28 Kania, DarrellDarrell Kania So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster


Game summaries

Minnesota

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–20

USC

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1993 W 21–20

Iowa

Iowa at Penn State
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 0 14 21
Nittany Lions 35 10 0 16 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 1993 W 31–0

Rutgers

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–2 1993 W 31–7

Temple

Overall record Last meeting Result
26–3–1 1992 W 49–8

Michigan

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1993 L 13–21

Ohio State

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 1993 L 6–24

Indiana

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–31

Illinois

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1993 W 28–14

Northwestern

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 43–21

Michigan State

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8–1 1993 W 38–37

Rose Bowl

Penn State vs. Oregon
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Nittany Lions 7 7 14 10 38
No. 12 Ducks 7 0 7 6 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1964 L, 14–22

[3]

Notes

  • Penn State sets a single season record for most points scored (564).

Players in the 1995 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ki-Jana Carter RB 1 1 Cincinnati Bengals
Kerry Collins QB 1 5 Carolina Panthers
Kyle Brady TE 1 9 New York Jets
Phil Yeboah-Kodie LB 5 146 Denver Broncos
Brian Gelzheiser LB 6 187 Indianapolis Colts

References

  1. "Penn State Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/penn_state/1990-1994_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 115. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2018/FBS.pdf. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. Gainesville Sunday January 3, 1995

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