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1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 16
1997 record9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (32nd season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/2 Michigan   8 0         12 0  
#12/12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16/17 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15/15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 63:30 p.m.Pittsburgh*No. 1ABCW 34–1797,115
September 131:00 p.m.Temple*No. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 52–1096,735
September 2012:00 p.m.at Louisville*No. 1CBSW 57–2139,826
October 412:30 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 2ESPN2W 41–651,523
October 113:30 p.m.No. 7 Ohio StateNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 31–2797,282
October 1812:00 p.m.MinnesotadaggerNo. 1
ESPN+W 16–1596,953
November 112:30 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 2ESPNW 30–2747,129
November 83:30 p.m.No. 4 MichiganNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 8–3497,498
November 1512:00 p.m.at No. 19 PurdueNo. 6ESPNW 42–1752,156
November 223:30 p.m.No. 24 WisconsinNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 35–1096,934
November 291:00 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 4ABCL 14–4973,623
January 1, 19981:00 p.m.vs. No. 6 FloridaNo. 11ABCL 6–2172,940
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1997 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 39 Enis, CurtisCurtis Enis Jr
WR 2 Fields, ChafieChafie Fields So
WR 83 Jurevicius, JoeJoe Jurevicius Sr
QB 9 McQueary, MikeMike McQueary Sr
G 64 Ostrowski, PhilPhil Ostrowski Sr
QB 16 Thompson, KevinKevin Thompson So
G 69 Wedderburn, FloydFloyd Wedderburn Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 11 Arrington, LaVarLaVar Arrington Fr
DE 86 Brown, CourtneyCourtney Brown So
CB 17 Johnson, BradBrad Johnson Jr
SS 4 Fox, DerekDerek Fox So
LB 44 Nelson, JimJim Nelson Sr
CB 27 Macklin, DavidDavid Macklin So
DE 5 Scioli, BradBrad Scioli Jr
LB 43 Short, BrandonBrandon Short So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Pidgeon, PatPat Pidgeon So
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 1998 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 5 5 Curtis Enis Running back Chicago Bears
2nd 25 55 Joe Jurevicius Wide receiver New York Giants
5th 28 151 Phil Ostrowski Offensive guard San Francisco 49ers

ReferencesEdit

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