1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 26–14 vs. Kentucky
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 17
1998 record9–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (33rd season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#6/5 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 1  
#12/12 Michigan §   7 1         10 3  
#24/23 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
#17/15 Penn State*   0 3*         0 3*  
Michigan State   4 4         6 6  
Minnesota   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         4 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 8  
Iowa   2 6         3 8  
Northwestern   0 8         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1998 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.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Indiana and Iowa this year.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:30 p.m.No. 21 Southern Miss*No. 13ABCW 34–696,617
September 1212:00 p.m.Bowling Green*No. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 48–396,291
September 193:30 p.m.at Pittsburgh*No. 8CBSW 20–1356,743
October 312:00 p.m.at No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 7ABCL 9–2893,479
October 103:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 13ABCW 27–1740,546
October 173:30 p.m.PurduedaggerNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 31–1397,034
October 3112:00 p.m.IllinoisNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 27–096,508
November 712:00 p.m.at No. 22 MichiganNo. 9ABCL 0–27111,019
November 1412:00 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 19
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 41–1096,382
November 213:00 p.m.at No. 13 WisconsinNo. 16ESPNL 3–2478,964
November 281:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 23
ABCW 51–2896,358
January 1, 199911:00 a.m.vs. KentuckyNo. 22ESPNW 26–1466,005
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit | edit source]

1998 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 36 Cerimele, MikeMike Cerimele So
WR 13 Crenshaw, SamSam Crenshaw So
WR 20 Drummond, EddieEddie Drummond Fr
WR 2 Fields, ChafieChafie Fields Jr
WR 21 Nastasi, JoeJoe Nastasi Sr
QB 16 Thompson, KevinKevin Thompson Jr
G 69 Wedderburn, FloydFloyd Wedderburn Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 11 Arrington, LaVarLaVar Arrington So
DE 86 Brown, CourtneyCourtney Brown Jr
CB 19 King, AnthonyAnthony King Jr
CB 27 Macklin, DavidDavid Macklin Jr
SS 4 Fox, DerekDerek Fox Jr
DE 5 Scioli, BradBrad Scioli Sr
LB 43 Short, BrandonBrandon Short Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Pidgeon, PatPat Pidgeon Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Post season[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Two Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
5th 5 138 Brad Scioli Defensive end Indianapolis Colts
5th 7 140 Floyd Wedderburn Offensive guard Seattle Seahawks

References[edit | edit source]

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