2006 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 20–10 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 25
APNo. 24
2006 record9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (41st season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 107,282)
← 2005
2007 →
2006 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State   8 0         12 1  
#7/5 Wisconsin   7 1         12 1  
#8/9 Michigan   7 1         11 2  
#24/25 Penn State   0* 3         0* 4  
Purdue   5 3         8 6  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   3 5         5 7  
Iowa   2 6         6 7  
Northwestern   2 6         4 8  
Michigan State   1 7         4 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2006 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Previous seasonEdit

Penn State had unexpected success in 2005, following two consecutive losing seasons. Beginning the season unranked in any poll, the team finished 11–1 and ranked third. With only one loss, the team was Big Ten co-champions with Ohio State. Linebacker Paul Posluszny won both the Chuck Bednarik and Dick Butkus Awards, and was a consensus All-American. Quarterback Michael Robinson finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.


The team had key losses due to graduation, including Michael Robinson, Tamba Hali, Alan Zemaitis, Anwar Phillips, Calvin Lowry, and Ethan Kilmer. Paul Posluszny and offensive tackle Levi Brown decided to return to the team for the 2006 season, despite speculation both players would enter the NFL Draft.[1] Posluszny and star receiver Derrick Williams returned from injuries that caused them to miss time in 2005.

Paul Posluszny and Levi Brown were elected co-captains of the football team for 2006. Posluszny becomes the team's first two-time captain since 1969.[2] Posluszny was also named the 2006 Big Ten and consensus national pre-season Defensive Player of the Year.[3]

Penn State was ranked No. 19 in both the AP and Coaches college football preseason polls.

Recruiting classEdit

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chris Bell
Norfolk, VA Granby HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.50 Oct 17,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 81
Navorro Bowman
Forestville, MD Suitland HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 218 lb (99 kg) 4.70 Dec 8,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 77
Brett Brackett
Lawrenceville, NJ Lawrenceville, NJ 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.71 May 12,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Brent Carter
Pottstown, PA Pottsgrove SHS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.55 Jan 29,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 40
Pat Devlin
Downingtown, PA Downingtown East HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.70 Jan 23,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 82
Lou Eliades
Oakhurst, NJ Ocean Township HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 283 lb (128 kg) 5.00 Dec 27,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 78
Maurice Evans
Middle Village, NY Christ The King Regional HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 252 lb (114 kg) 4.70 Jan 7,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 91
Bani Gbadyu
Gaithersburg, MD Quince Orchard HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.60 Dec 14,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 81
Cedric Jeffries
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ Egg Harbor Township HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.60 Dec 20,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Doug Klopacz
Montvale, NJ St. Joseph Regional HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 260 lb (120 kg) 4.75 Aug 12,
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 40
Abe Koroma
Hershey, PA Milton Hershey School 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.90 Jul 30,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 40
Eric Latimore
Middletown, DE Middletown HS 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.90 Oct 10,
2005 13px
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 76
Antonio Logan-El
Forestville, MD Forestville HS 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 310 lb (140 kg) 5.20 Jan 24,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 78
Aaron Maybin
Ellicott City, MD Mt. Hebron HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.67 Oct 17,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 77
Travis McBride
McKeesport, PA McKeesport Area SHS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.50 Dec 12,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 76
Tom McEowen
Langhorne, PA Neshaminy HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.10 Jul 11,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 77
Jared Odrick
Lebanon, PA Lebanon SHS 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 285 lb (129 kg) 5.00 Dec 19,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 76
Ollie Ogbu
New Berlin, NY Milford Academy 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 300 lb (140 kg) 4.96 May 13,
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 40
Andrew Quarless
Uniondale, NY Uniondale HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.50 Jan 13,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 77
Evan Royster
Chantilly, VA Westfield HS 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.45 Jan 19,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 72
Phillip Taylor
Brandywine, MD Gwynn Park HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 340 lb (150 kg) 5.50 Jan 24,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 79
Johnnie Troutman
Pemberton, NJ Pemberton Twp. HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.90 Jan 21,
2006 13px
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
A.J. Wallace
Pomfret, MD Maurice J McDonough HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.40 Jan 7,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 82
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 6
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



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

September 23:30 p.m.Akron*No. 19ESPN2W 34–16106,505
September 93:30 No. 4 Notre Dame*No. 19NBCL 17–4180,795
September 163:30 p.m.Youngstown State*No. 25
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNUW 37–3104,953
September 233:30 No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 24ABCL 6–28105,266
September 303:30 p.m.Northwestern
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 33–7108,837
October 712:00 MinnesotaESPN+W 28–27 OT45,227
October 148:00 p.m.No. 4 Michigan
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 10–17110,007
October 2112:00 p.m.Illinoisdagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 26–12108,112
October 2812:00 PurdueABCW 12–058,025
November 412:00 No. 17 WisconsinABCL 3–1381,777
November 113:30 p.m.Temple*
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 47–0105,950
November 1812:00 p.m.Michigan State
ESPN2W 17–13108,607
January 1, 200711:00 a.m.vs. No. 17 Tennessee*ESPNW 20–1065,601
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time



2006 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams So
WR 3 Butler, DeonDeon Butler 10px So
WR 4 Golden, TerrellTerrell Golden 10px Jr
QB 5 Brackett, BrettBrett Brackett Fr
QB 6 Hart, MikeMike Hart 10px Jr
QB 7 Devlin, PatPat Devlin Fr
RB 8 Kinlaw, RodneyRodney Kinlaw 10px Jr
TE 10 Quarless, AndrewAndrew Quarless Fr
QB 13 Suhey, KevinKevin Suhey 10px Fr
QB 14 Morelli, AnthonyAnthony Morelli Jr
QB 15 Cianciolo, PaulPaul Cianciolo 10px So
TE 16 Claude, FrancisFrancis Claude 10px Fr
QB 17 Clark, DaryllDaryll Clark 10px Fr
WR 18 Mauti, PatrickPatrick Mauti 10px Fr
WR 19 Bell, ChrisChris Bell Fr
RB 22 Royster, EvanEvan Royster Fr
WR 24 Norwood, JordanJordan Norwood So
WR 25 Perretta, BrendanBrendan Perretta 10px Jr
RB 26 Hunt, TonyTony Hunt Sr
WR 28 Zug, GrahamGraham Zug Fr
FB 30 Snow, BranDonBranDon Snow Sr
RB 32 Carter, BrentBrent Carter Fr
RB 33 Scott, AustinAustin Scott Sr
RB 34 Hahn, MattMatt Hahn Jr
WR 35 Alfreno, JesseJesse Alfreno Fr
FB 38 Lawlor, DanDan Lawlor 10px So
RB 39 Pinchek, NickNick Pinchek 10px Jr
RB 42 Ramsey, CharlesCharles Ramsey 10px Fr
TE 44 Hall, PatrickPatrick Hall Sr
G 56 Hinton, AustinAustin Hinton 10px So
C 57 Shipley, A.Q.A.Q. Shipley So
G 58 Harrison, GregGreg Harrison 10px So
C 60 Weber, PatickPatick Weber 10px Jr
T 61 Lowry, MattMatt Lowry Fr
C 62 Muir, RossRoss Muir 10px So
G 63 Toriello, JoeJoe Toriello 10px So
G 64 Ohrnberger, RichRich Ohrnberger So
G 65 Price, RobertRobert Price 10px Sr
T 67 Brown, LeviLevi Brown (C) 10px Sr
OL 68 Klopacz, DougDoug Klopacz Fr
OL 69 Lucian, MikeMike Lucian 10px So
T 70 Bowman, WyattWyatt Bowman 10px So
T 71 Farris, MarkMark Farris Sr
G 73 Landolt, DennisDennis Landolt 10px Fr
T 74 Troutman, JohnnieJohnnie Troutman Fr
T 75 Kuzemchak, LeeLee Kuzemchak Sr
OL 75 Logan-El, AntonioAntonio Logan-El Fr
G 76 Cadogan, GeraldGerald Cadogan 10px So
OL 77 Eliades, LouLou Eliades Fr
T 78 Shaw, JohnJohn Shaw 10px Jr
T 79 Auletta, ChrisChris Auletta 10px Jr
TE 81 Coakley, BrennanBrennan Coakley 10px Fr
FB 82 Shuler, MickeyMickey Shuler 10px Fr
WR 83 Cousins, KevinKevin Cousins 10px Fr
WR 84 McDonald, JamesJames McDonald 10px Fr
TE 87 Miskinis, GregGreg Miskinis 10px So
TE 88 Darling, KevinKevin Darling Sr
TE 89 Lyons, JordanJordan Lyons 10px So
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 King, JustinJustin King So
LB 5 Hayes, JeromeJerome Hayes 10px Fr
S 6 Johnson, DonnieDonnie Johnson Sr
S 7 Scirrotto, AnthonyAnthony Scirrotto So
S 9 Ganter, JasonJason Ganter 10px Jr
CB 10 Sargeant, LydellLydell Sargeant So
CB 11 Davis, TonyTony Davis 10px So
CB 12 Wallace, A.J.A.J. Wallace Fr
DT 13 Alford, JayJay Alford Sr
LB 15 Gbadyu, BaniBani Gbadyu Fr
LB 18 Bowman, NavorroNavorro Bowman Fr
LB 19 Kubic, AndyAndy Kubic Sr
LB 20 Shaw, TimTim Shaw 10px Sr
CB 21 Timmons, KnowledgeKnowledge Timmons 10px Fr
S 22 Hardy, DarienDarien Hardy Sr
S 23 McCready, NolanNolan McCready Sr
CB 25 Fentress, DevinDevin Fentress So
S 27 Gummo, BenBen Gummo 10px Fr
DB 27 McBride, TravisTravis McBride Fr
CB 28 Harriott, WillieWillie Harriott 10px Fr
DB 29 Jeffries, CedricCedric Jeffries Fr
LB 31 Posluszny, PaulPaul Posluszny (C) Sr
S 37 Ridenhour, SpencerSpencer Ridenhour 10px So
DB 39 Rheam, DougDoug Rheam 10px Fr
LB 40 Connor, DanDan Connor Jr
LB 41 Yocum, NicNic Yocum 10px Jr
LB 43 Hull, JoshJosh Hull 10px Fr
LB 45 Lee, SeanSean Lee So
LB 46 Sales, TyrellTyrell Sales 10px So
DE 47 Gaines, JoshJosh Gaines 10px So
DE 48 Evans, MauriceMaurice Evans Fr
LB 51 Cianciolo, JoeJoe Cianciolo 10px Sr
LB 52 Brown, DonteyDontey Brown 10px So
DT 53 Roach, SteveSteve Roach Sr
DE 54 Hill, JedJed Hill 10px So
DT 55 McEowen, TomTom McEowen Fr
LB 57 Mauriello, ChrisChris Mauriello 10px Jr
DE 59 Maybin, AaronAaron Maybin Fr
DT 74 Koroma, AbeAbe Koroma Fr
S 80 Rubin, MarkMark Rubin 10px So
DT 85 Ogbu, OllieOllie Ogbu Fr
DE 87 Rogers, ChrisChris Rogers So
DL 90 Taylor, PhillipPhillip Taylor Fr
DE 91 Odrick, JaredJared Odrick Fr
DT 92 Johnson, EdEd Johnson Sr
DT 93 Baker, ChrisChris Baker 10px Fr
DE 94 Golarz, TomTom Golarz 10px Fr
DT 95 Robinson, ElijahElijah Robinson 10px So
DE 99 Shaw, JimJim Shaw Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 23 Kelly, KevinKevin Kelly So
P 36 Kapinos, JeremyJeremy Kapinos 10px Sr
K 42 Wagner, CollinCollin Wagner Fr
P 44 Boone, JeremyJeremy Boone 10px Fr
P 49 Ream, BrandonBrandon Ream Sr
K 90 Daise, NickNick Daise 10px Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Last update: August, 2006

Coaching staffEdit

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Game summariesEdit

September 2: AkronEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Akron 0 3 6 7 16
Penn State 10 7 7 10 34

Penn State played the Akron Zips in its home opener. Akron was unranked, however the team finished as the 2005 MAC Champions. Anthony Morelli threw a 42-yard touchdown on his first pass attempt of his first start. Penn State won the game 34–16. Akron kept it respectably close for a while before Penn State pulled away with a commanding 34–9 lead, allowing a late Zips touchdown to once again make it look respectable.

September 9: Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 0 3 14 17
Notre Dame 3 17 14 7 41

Penn State played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana. After a close first quarter, Notre Dame pulled away from the young Penn State squad to win 41–17.

September 16: Youngstown StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Youngstown State 0 0 3 0 3
Penn State 0 20 10 7 37

Penn State defeated the Youngstown State Penguins by a score of 37–3 on September 16, 2006 at Beaver Stadium.

The Youngstown State Penguins were the 150th different team to face Penn State since 1887, the first year for Penn State football.

September 23: Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 3 0 3 6
Ohio State 0 0 7 21 28

Penn State lost to the number one ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on September 23, 2006, by the score of 28–6 in a game closer than the final score would indicate. Despite the score, Penn State led in many statistical areas, such as first downs, controlling the clock, and total yards, but only had six points to show for their dominating effort. After a scoreless first half, in which the Nittany Lions messed up a chance to score an early touchdown because fullback Matt Hahn broke loose, but was tackled near the goal line and fumbled before the ball crossed the plane. However, Penn State scored a field goal right before halftime after putting together their second long drive of the first half. Penn State led 3–0 at halftime, and controlled the tempo in much of the second half, despite the Buckeyes going up 7–3 following a missed Penn State field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, Troy Smith threw the football away, down the field to avoid a sack in a tipped, nearly intercepted, up for grabs pass that happened to be caught for a touchdown by Brian Robiskie. The Nittany Lions, still playing like they were in control of the game, responded with a strong drive that was called back at the 1 yard line for a false start. The Nittany Lions had to settle for a field goal, which helped shift the momentum to the Buckeyes, but Penn State would gain a full head of steam late in the game. The score was 14–6 in favor of the Buckeyes and Penn State was driving downfield with less than three minutes left. As Penn State led another potentially scoring drive far down the field, hoping to tie the game up at 14–14, it was intercepted and returned for a touchdown with roughly 2 minutes left on the clock. However, Malcolm Jenkins spiked the ball at the one yard line, which rolled into the endzone untouched. This was only noticed after the game. Antonio Smith returned another interception to clinch the victory with 1:07 remaining on the clock, this time from midfield. As ESPN had said, this allowed the Buckeyes to make the victory look easy when, in fact, it was a hard-fought victory, some Penn State fans feel that the Nittany Lions were the better team and should have won that contest, failing to realize that the mistakes that they made, even if it was "handing the game over on a silver platter", are as much a part of football as any other element, which is why a defense that can force turnovers is so highly regarded.

September 30: NorthwesternEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 7 0 0 7
Penn State 6 10 17 0 33

Penn State defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 33–7 on September 30, 2006 at Beaver Stadium. Deon Butler set a Penn State record with 216 receiving yards, breaking O.J. McDuffie's record of 202 yards set against Boston College in 1992. Tony Hunt ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Morelli completed 19-of-33 passes for 288 yards.

October 7: MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 7 0 7 28
Minnesota 7 0 0 14 27

Penn State defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 28–27 in overtime. Tony Hunt rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns (2 rushing), the last in overtime for the game-winning touchdown. Anthony Morelli threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns despite playing with a dislocated ring finger on his left (non-throwing) hand. The game, tied at overtime, was decided by two factors, a missed extra point kick, and a pass interference penalty on Penn State's drive to give them a fresh set of downs. Both proved critical, as Penn State soon converted the touchdown and kicked the extra point to escape with the win.

October 14: MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 10 7 0 17
Penn State 0 3 0 7 10

Michigan's defensive front seven was the story of the game, collecting seven sacks and holding the Nittany Lions to −14 net rushing yards. On a third-quarter pass play, Alan Branch knocked Penn State's quarterback Anthony Morelli out of the game with a concussion; Penn State's backup quarterback Daryl Clark was later injured on a rushing attempt. Third-string quarterback Paul Cianciolo managed to throw the Nittany Lions' only touchdown pass of the game. The game was a homecoming for Pennsylvania native Henne, who played the only game of his career at Penn State. With Manningham not playing due to a knee injury suffered against Michigan State, Arrington and Breaston caught the bulk of Henne's passes, each collecting five receptions. Hart picked up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and scored the winning touchdown

October 21: IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 3 6 0 3 12
Penn State 3 0 14 9 26

Carried mostly by the play of its defense, Penn State defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 26–12 during homecoming weekend. Strong safety Anthony Scirrotto had two interceptions and returned an attempted onside kick for a touchdown.[4]

Punter Jeremy Kapinos was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season, averaging 45.6 yards per punt, with a long of 57 yards. He pinned Illinois inside its own 20 yard line four times. He also surpassed Ralph Giacomarro to become first all-time in career punting yardage (9,578). Linebacker Paul Posluszny was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, notching a season-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.[5]

October 28: PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 3 3 0 6 12
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0

Penn State's low-scoring win on the road against the Boilermakers saw running back Tony Hunt rush 31 times for 142 yards and a touchdown (along with 2 receptions for 36 yards) as the Nittany Lions posted a shutout against Purdue, their first ever under head coach Joe Tiller. The low score was primarily a result of the high winds and cold weather. It was Penn State's first shutout since a 49–0 win over the Northwestern Wildcats in October 2002.[6]

Recording a game-high 12 tackles and an interception, linebacker Dan Connor was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.[7]

November 4: WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 3 0 0 3
Wisconsin 3 7 3 0 13

Penn State suffered a 13–3 loss on the road versus the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff put the Badgers on the scoreboard first with a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Penn State kicker Kevin Kelly tied the score with a 39-yard field goal, but Badgers quarterback John Stocco countered with 14-yard touchdown pass to Paul Hubbard. Wisconsin added a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter. With the long-held ten point lead, the Badgers were the only Big Ten team that Penn State lost to that they had not played completely down to the wire. In both games, they had late chances to win the game, but in this game, again a stubborn defensive struggle, Penn State was unable to kick a second field goal that would have at least made it interesting late.

Recording 14 tackles, linebacker Paul Posluszny broke Greg Buttle's record for career tackles. Posluszny finished the game with 349 career tackles in a game where Penn State's defense did their part to hold Wisconsin to few yardage and points.[8]

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno was injured during a sideline collision in the third quarter. Although reluctant to leave the sideline, he was taken to the locker room for evaluation and flown back to Penn State ahead of the team. There it was revealed that Paterno had a pair of fractures to his tibia along with tears of his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.[9]

November 11: TempleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Temple 0 0 0 0 0
Penn State 21 10 10 6 47

Running back Tony Hunt had a career day, scoring 4 touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards in two and a half quarters of play, as Penn State shut out the Temple Owls 47–0 with coach Joe Paterno absent from the sidelines for the first time since 1977. Derrick Williams scored on a 75-yard punt return, while placekicker Kevin Kelly added field goals of 19 and 33 yards. Reserve quarterback Daryll Clark scored on a 4th quarter run. Following the game, Penn State captains Levi Brown and Paul Posluszny visited Paterno at his home to present him with the game ball.

The game was the first in Happy Valley for former Nittany Lion tight end Al Golden as Temple head coach.

November 18: Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 10 3 0 0 13
Penn State 0 7 7 3 17

23 seniors helped close out their regular season careers as Nittany Lions by winning the Land Grant Trophy with a 17–13 win over the Michigan State Spartans. Coach Joe Paterno, still nursing a broken shinbone, coached from the pressbox. Running back Tony Hunt overcame 2 first quarter fumbles to tally his seventh 100-yard game this season, rushing for 129 yards on 29 attempts. Quarterback Anthony Morelli, who also had 2 fumbles, finished 17-of-37 for 220 yards.

January 1: 2007 Outback Bowl – TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 3 7 0 0 10
Penn State 0 10 0 10 20

The 2007 Outback Bowl featured Penn State against the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC. Penn State last participated in the game in 1999, when they won over the Kentucky Wildcats by the score of 26–14. Tennessee last played in Tampa in the 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl, defeating the Boston College Eagles 38–23. Before this game, Penn State's last game versus Tennessee was the 1994 Florida Citrus Bowl where they crushed the heavily favored Volunteers in an easy 31–13 victory.

Penn State defeated the favored Tennessee 20–10 for Joe Paterno's record 22nd bowl win. Tony Hunt led the PSU offense running for 158 yards on 31 carries. Tony Davis returned a fumble 88 yards for the game-winning touchdown. First Team All-Big Ten Conference strong safety Anthony Scirrotto also recorded his sixth interception of the season. The key play of the game was a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Late in the fourth, Penn State ran down the clock, but despite stalling in the red zone, kicked a field goal that put the game out of reach.


Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 19 19 25 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24
Coaches 19 19 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 25
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR 25 NR NR




Post seasonEdit

Penn State finished the season ranked number 24 in the final AP college football poll and number 25 in the final USA Today college football poll, earning Penn State its 32nd Top 25 finish under Joe Paterno.[36]

The team's success helped Penn State finish second in football attendance for the fourth time this decade and in the top four for the 16th consecutive year, averaging 107,567 for seven home games, including a crowd of 110,007 on October 14 to watch Penn State host Michigan in primetime, the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history. Penn State finished the season with a sellout crowd of 65,601 at the Outback Bowl.[37]

Five players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine, held February 22–27 in Indianapolis, IN: Jay Alford, Levi Brown, Tony Hunt, Paul Posluszny, and Tim Shaw.[38]

NFL draftEdit

Five Penn State players were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.[39][40]

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 5 5 Levi Brown Offensive tackle Arizona Cardinals
2nd 2 34 Paul Posluszny Linebacker Buffalo Bills
3rd 18 81 Jay Alford Defensive tackle New York Giants
3rd 27 90 Tony Hunt Running back Philadelphia Eagles
5th 27 164 Tim Shaw Linebacker Carolina Panthers

All-star gamesEdit

Game Date Site Players
61st Hula Bowl January 14, 2007 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii Jay Alford, Ed Johnson, Tim Shaw
58th Senior Bowl January 27, 2007 Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama Levi Brown, Tony Hunt, Paul Posluszny

External linksEdit


  1. "All-Americans Brown & Posluszny Returning to Penn State For Senior Seasons". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 13, 2006. Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2007.
  2. "Brown & Posluszny Elected 2006 Nittany Lion Co-Captains". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. April 22, 2006. Archived from the original on December 7, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Posluszny Among Candidates for Walter Camp Player of the Year". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 18, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2007.[dead link]Template:Cbignore
  4. "Nittany Lions Take Fight out of Illini and Win 26–12". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 21, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
  5. "Posluszny & Kapinos Earn Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 23, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
  6. "Nittany Lions Blank Boilermakers, 12–0". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 28, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
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