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1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 38–15 vs. Texas
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1996 record11–2 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (31st season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1996 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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 252:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 USC*No. 11ABCW 24–777,716
September 73:30 p.m.Louisville*No. 7ABCW 24–795,670
September 1412:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*No. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 49–095,589
September 2112:00 p.m.vs. Temple*No. 5
  • Giants Stadium
  • East Rutherford, NJ
ESPN+W 41–024,847
September 283:30 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 3ABCW 23–2079,607
October 53:30 p.m.at No. 3 Ohio StateNo. 4ABCL 7–3894,241
October 1212:30 p.m.PurduedaggerNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNW 31–1496,653
October 1912:30 p.m.IowaNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2L 20–2196,230
October 2612:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 17ESPNW 48–2637,354
November 23:30 p.m.No. 11 NorthwesternNo. 15
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 34–996,596
November 1612:00 p.m.at No. 16 MichiganNo. 11ABCW 29–17105,898
November 233:30 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 7
ABCW 32–2996,263
January 1, 19978:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 TexasNo. 7CBSW 38–1565,106
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 78 Blick, JohnJohn Blick Fr
WR 11 Campbell, ChrisChris Campbell Sr
OL 53 Dudley, JimJim Dudley Fr
RB 39 Enis, CurtisCurtis Enis So
WR 83 Jurevicius, JoeJoe Jurevicius Jr
QB 9 McQueary, MikeMike McQueary Jr
G 64 Ostrowski, PhilPhil Ostrowski Jr
QB 14 Richardson, WallyWally Richardson Sr
QB 16 Thompson, KevinKevin Thompson Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 6 Collins, AaronAaron Collins Jr
S 3 Herring, KimKim Herring Sr
SS 4 Fox, DerekDerek Fox Fr
LB 44 Nelson, JimJim Nelson Jr
CB 27 Macklin, DavidDavid Macklin Fr
LB 98 Rhule, MattMatt Rhule So
DB 45 Sandusky, JonJon Sandusky Fr
DE 5 Scioli, BradBrad Scioli So
LB 43 Short, BrandonBrandon Short Fr
DE 91 Snyder, ChrisChris Snyder Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 20 Conway, BrettBrett Conway Sr
P 28 Kania, DarrellDarrell Kania Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

NFL DraftEdit

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 28 58 Kim Herring Free safety Baltimore Ravens
3rd 30 90 Brett Conway Placekicker Green Bay Packers
7th 33 234 Wally Richardson Quarterback Baltimore Ravens

ReferencesEdit

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