2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Big Ten Leaders Division co-champion
TicketCity Bowl, L 14–30 vs. Houston
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionLeaders Division
2011 record9–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno
(46th year, games 1–9)
Tom Bradley
(interim, games 10–13)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (8th season)
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley (12th year)
Larry Johnson (interim)
Ron Vanderlinden (interim)
Base defense4–3
CaptainDrew Astorino
CaptainQuinn Barham
CaptainDerek Moye
CaptainDevon Still
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 106,572)
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Michigan State xy   7 1         11 3  
#12 Michigan   6 2         11 2  
#24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
#10 Wisconsin xy   6 2         11 3  
Penn State   0* 2         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant

The 2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno for the first nine games until he was fired in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, with defensive coordinator Tom Bradley taking over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[1][2] The team played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, US. They were members of the Big Ten Conference in the newly formed Leaders Division. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in the Leaders Division to be co–division champions with Wisconsin. Due to the head-to-head loss to Wisconsin, they did not represent the division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. They were invited to the TicketCity Bowl where they lost to Houston 14–30.

The team was ranked number one in academic achievement out of the top 25 ranked BCS teams.[3]


The team captains for Penn State's 125th season of football were tackle Quinn Barham, wide receiver Derek Moye, safety Drew Astorino, and defensive tackle Devon Still.[4]

Penn State began the season with an unsettled quarterback situation. Sophomore Rob Bolden and former walk-on junior Matt McGloin split starting duties in the 2010 season.[5] Rob Bolden was named the starter for the season opener against Indiana State.

Pre-season awardsEdit


Ranking movements
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Penn State did not play Michigan, Michigan State, and Minnesota in the 2011 Big Ten football season. The schedule was as follows:[8]

September 312:00 p.m.Indiana State*BTNW 41–796,461[9]
September 103:30 p.m.No. 3 Alabama*No. 23
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 11–27107,846[9]
September 1712:00 Temple*No. 25ESPNW 14–1057,323[9]
September 2412:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan*No. 24
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 34–695,636[9]
October 112:00 IndianaNo. 24ESPNUW 16–1042,621[9]
October 83:30 p.m.IowaNo. 21
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABC/ESPNW 13–3103,497[9]
October 1512:00 p.m.PurduedaggerNo. 20
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTNW 23–18100,820[9]
October 227:00 NorthwesternNo. 18BTNW 34–2440,004[9]
October 293:30 p.m.IllinoisNo. 17
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABC/ESPN2W 10–797,828[9]
November 1212:00 p.m.No. 19 NebraskaNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNL 14–17107,193[9]
November 193:30 Ohio StateNo. 21ABC/ESPNW 20–14104,994[9]
November 263:30 No. 15 WisconsinNo. 20ESPNL 7–4579,708[9]
January 2, 201212:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 HoustonNo. 24ESPNUL 14–3046,817[9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Coaching staffEdit

  • Joe Paterno - head coach (first 9 games)
  • Tom Bradley – interim head coach (final 4 games)
  • Dick Anderson – guards and centers coach
  • Kermit Buggs – defensive backs[10]
  • Galen Hall – offensive coordinator and running backs
  • Larry Johnson, Sr. – co-defensive coordinator/defensive line
  • Bill Kavanaugh – wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator
  • Bill Kenney – offensive tackles and tight ends
  • Mike McQueary – wide receivers and recruiting coordinator (placed on administrative leave November 11, 2011)[10]
  • Jay Paterno – passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach
  • Elijah Robinson – defensive line
  • Ron Vanderlinden – co-defensive coordinator and linebackers
  • John Thomas – strength and conditioning


2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Bolden, RobRob Bolden So
QB 2 McGregor, ShaneShane McGregor 10px Jr
RB 3 Beachum, BrandonBrandon Beachum 10px Jr
WR 4 Lewis, EvanEvan Lewis 10px Jr
WR 5 Belton, BillBill Belton Fr
WR 6 Moye, DerekDerek Moye (C) Sr
WR 7 Drake, CurtisCurtis Drake 10px So
WR 8 Robinson, AllenAllen Robinson Fr
RB 9 Zordich, MichaelMichael Zordich 10px Jr
TE 10 Haplea, KevinKevin Haplea 10px So
QB 11 McGloin, MattMatt McGloin 10px Jr
QB 12 Cabot, JohnJohn Cabot Fr
QB 13 Jones, PaulPaul Jones 10px Fr
QB 14 Venuto, GarrettGarrett Venuto 10px So
WR 15 Flanagan, PatrickPatrick Flanagan 10px Fr
WR 16 Scherer, RyanRyan Scherer 10px Jr
WR 17 Kuntz, ChristianChristian Kuntz 10px So
WR 18 Goodman, AndrewAndrew Goodman 10px Jr
WR 19 Brown, JustinJustin Brown Jr
WR 20 Smith, DevonDevon Smith Jr
RB 21 Green, StephfonStephfon Green Sr
WR 23 Friend, BrianBrian Friend 10px So
RB 24 Day, DerekDerek Day 10px Jr
RB 25 Redd, SilasSilas Redd So
RB 26 Dukes, CurtisCurtis Dukes 10px So
WR 27 Tongue, TariqTariq Tongue 10px So
FB 33 Dupree, AndreAndre Dupree 10px So
TE 33 Yancich, MichaelMichael Yancich 10px Jr
FB 35 Zerbe, PatPat Zerbe 10px So
RB 36 Thompson, DeronDeron Thompson Fr
RB 37 Suhey, JoeJoe Suhey Sr
RB 40 Zwinak, ZachZach Zwinak 10px Fr
FB 45 Byers, P.J.P.J. Byers 10px So
G 50 Pannell, DeOn'taeDeOn'tae Pannell Sr
T 52 Okoli, ChimaChima Okoli 10px Sr
C 54 Stankiewitch, MattMatt Stankiewitch 10px Jr
C 55 Laurent, WendyWendy Laurent Fr
G 56 Alosi, AnthonyAnthony Alosi 10px Fr
T 58 Gress, AdamAdam Gress 10px So
C 60 Howle, TyTy Howle 10px So
G 62 Figueroa, FrankFrank Figueroa 10px So
G 64 Urschel, JohnJohn Urschel 10px So
C 65 Dieffenbach, MilesMiles Dieffenbach 10px Fr
OL 66 Mangiro, AngeloAngelo Mangiro Fr
T 67 Barham, QuinnQuinn Barham (C) 10px Sr
OL 68 Nowicki, RyanRyan Nowicki Fr
T 70 Cadogan, NateNate Cadogan 10px So
G 72 Kolb, KhamroneKhamrone Kolb 10px Fr
G 73 Arcidiacono, MarkMark Arcidiacono 10px So
G 74 Troutman, JohnnieJohnnie Troutman Sr
G 75 Shrive, EricEric Shrive 10px So
T 76 Smith, DonovanDonovan Smith Fr
T 77 Christie, PatrickPatrick Christie 10px Fr
T 78 Farrell, MikeMike Farrell 10px Jr
OL 79 Blanchard, KevinKevin Blanchard Fr
TE 80 Szczerba, AndrewAndrew Szczerba Sr
WR 81 Kersey, ShawneyShawney Kersey 10px So
TE 82 Irvin, BrianBrian Irvin 10px Jr
WR 83 Zanellato, MattMatt Zanellato Fr
WR 85 Moseby-Felder, BrandonBrandon Moseby-Felder 10px So
TE 87 Carter, KyleKyle Carter Fr
TE 88 Mason, J.D.J.D. Mason Sr
TE 89 Gilliam, GaryGary Gilliam 10px So
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Sukay, NickNick Sukay Sr
CB 2 Powell, ChazChaz Powell Sr
CB 4 Amos, AdrianAdrian Amos Fr
CB 5 Thomas, DerrickDerrick Thomas 10px So
LB 6 Hodges, GeraldGerald Hodges Jr
S 7 Obeng-Agyapong, StephenStephen Obeng-Agyapong 10px So
CB 8 Lynn, D'AntonD'Anton Lynn Sr
S 10 Willis, MalcolmMalcolm Willis 10px So
LB 11 Fortt, KhairiKhairi Fortt So
CB 12 Morris, StephonStephon Morris Jr
S 13 Buckley, TimTim Buckley Fr
CB 14 Wallace, MikeMike Wallace 10px So
CB 15 Kenney, AlexAlex Kenney 10px Fr
CB 16 Pryor, DevinDevin Pryor 10px So
DE 18 Barnes, DeionDeion Barnes Fr
LB 22 Rhattigan, T.J.T.J. Rhattigan Fr
S 23 Keiser, RyanRyan Keiser 10px Fr
S 24 Duckett, JonathanJonathan Duckett 10px Fr
LB 26 Lucas, KyleKyle Lucas 10px So
S 27 Fagnano, JacobJacob Fagnano 10px Jr
S 28 Astorina, DrewDrew Astorina (C) Sr
S 29 Cully, JeffJeff Cully 10px Fr
LB 31 Bars, BradBrad Bars 10px Fr
LB 32 Royer, DakotaDakota Royer 10px Fr
LB 34 Stupar, NathanNathan Stupar Sr
LB 38 Kline, BenBen Kline Fr
CB 39 Della Valle, JesseJesse Della Valle 10px Fr
LB 40 Carson, GlennGlenn Carson So
DT 41 Refice, J.R.J.R. Refice 10px So
LB 42 Mauti, MichaelMichael Mauti 10px Jr
LB 43 Hull, MikeMike Hull 10px Fr
LB 46 Pollock, KenKen Pollock 10px Jr
DL 47 Hill, JordanJordan Hill Jr
DE 48 Kerner, JordanJordan Kerner Fr
LB 54 Van Fleet, JamesJames Van Fleet 10px Jr
DE 56 Latimore, EricEric Latimore 10px Sr
DE 59 Massaro, PetePete Massaro 10px Jr
DT 71 Still, DevonDevon Still (C) Sr
DT 75 Hailes, EvanEvan Hailes 10px Fr
DE 81 Crawford, JackJack Crawford Sr
DT 84 Baublitz, KyleKyle Baublitz 10px Fr
DE 86 Olaniyan, C.J.C.J. Olaniyan 10px Fr
DE 90 Stanley, SeanSean Stanley Jr
DT 91 Jones, DaQuanDaQuan Jones So
DT 92 Alosi, AnthonyAnthony Alosi Fr
DT 93 Terry, JamesJames Terry 10px Jr
DE 94 Oakman, ShawnShawn Oakman Fr
DT 96 Castor, CodyCody Castor 10px Jr
DT 97 Graham, LukeLuke Graham 10px Fr
DE 98 Zettel, AnthonyAnthony Zettel Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 30 Fera, AnthonyAnthony Fera 10px So
LS 44 Fuhrman, MichaelMichael Fuhrman 10px Jr
P 45 Butterworth, AlexAlex Butterworth So
LS 53 Rohrbaugh, JonJon Rohrbaugh Sr
LS 57 Etter, EmeryEmery Etter 10px So
PK 97 Ficken, SamSam Ficken Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Last update: October, 2011

Game summariesEdit

September 3 vs. Indiana StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana State 0 0 0 7 7
#25 Penn State 14 14 6 7 41

The Nittany Lions defeated the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Indiana State Sycamores 41–7. Rob Bolden started for the Nittany Lions at quarterback and shared QB duties with Matt McGloin. The game began with a 95-yard kick-off return for touchdown by Chaz Powell. Silas Redd ran for 104 yards on 12 carries scored two touchdowns.[11] and fullbacks Joe Suhey and Michael Zordich each had one running touchdown.[11] Third string quarterback Shane McGregor closed the scoring for Penn State with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.[11] The Sycamores were able to score the final touchdown of the game against Penn State's third and fourth string defense. Head coach Joe Paterno, still recovering from injuries sustained in a practice collision with Devon Smith coached from the press box.[12] TV announcers=Big Ten Network Matt Devlin, Glen Mason & Dionne Miller

September 10 vs. AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Alabama 7 10 3 7 27
#23 Penn State 3 0 0 8 11

The third ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, coached by Nick Saban, defeated the Nittany Lions 27–11 at Beaver Stadium.[13] Rob Bolden was once again the starting quarterback and shared playing time with Matt McGloin. Bolden completed 11 of 29 passes for 144 yards and one interception while McGloin was 1 of 10 for 0 yards.[13] Penn State took the opening possession down the field and recorded a 43-yard field goal by Evan Lewis.[13] The Nittany Lions were held scoreless through the second, third, and most of the fourth quarters when Silas Redd scored a one-yard touchdown. Bolden converted the two-point conversion to bring the Penn State total to 11 points.[13]

TV announcers ABC: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe

September 17 at TempleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 7 0 7 14
Temple 7 3 0 0 10

Penn State defeated Temple 14 – 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Fullback Michael Zordich scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard dive with 2:42 to play in the game.[14] While the offense, once again led by quarterbacks Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, struggled the defense was able to keep the game within reach. Derek Moye had 7 receptions for 112 yards with all 7 catches being good for a Penn State first down.[14] Chaz Powell and Michael Mauti each picked off one Temple pass and Nick Sukay recovered a fumble. Mauti's interception set up the Penn State offense at the Temple 44 with 8:46 remaining. Bolden led the game-winning drive that was highlighted by two successful fourth down conversions and a Zordich recovery of a fumbled snap between Bolden and center Matt Stankiewitch.[14] Despite the close score, Temple finished with only 197 yards of offense, their fewest since a 27–13 win over Army in 2009, where they had only 195. It's also only the fourth time since 2008 that Temple has finished with less than 200 yards of offense.

September 24 vs. Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Michigan 0 0 0 6 6
Penn State 3 14 14 3 34

The Nittany Lions defeated the Eagles 34–6. The victory marked the first time in the 2011 season that head coach Joe Paterno coached from the sidelines. He spent the first half on the field and coached the second half from the press box.[15] Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin shared quarterback duties again. McGloin threw three touchdown passes, one to fullback Joe Suhey and two to wide receiver Derek Moye who became the sixth Nittany Lion to have more than 2,000 yards receiving in his career.[15] Bolden threw a 71-yard pass to receiver Devon Smith. Kickers Anthony Fera and Sam Ficken each kicked a field goal.[15] Fera was the first Penn State player to punt, kick-off, and serve as the place kicker in a single game since 1975 when Chris Bahr did the same.[16] The Penn State defense limited the Eagles offense to just two fourth-quarter field goals and picked up three turnovers including an interception by Nick Sukay.[17] Malcolm Willis blocked an Eastern Michigan punt. Linebacker Michael Mauti and cornerback D'Anton Lynn both left the game with apparently severe injuries. Mauti injured his knee and is out for the season with an ACL injury to his left knee.[18] Lynn was placed on a backboard as a precautionary measure and was admitted to the local hospital.[17] Post game reports said that Lynn was able to move his arms and legs and may have suffered a stinger, which caused a burning sensation in his extremities.[19]

October 1 at IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 3 10 3 16
Indiana 3 0 0 7 10

The game against the Indiana Hoosiers was Joe Paterno's 700th game as a member of the Penn State coaching staff.[20] He has been coaching at Penn State since 1950 when he moved to Penn State from Brown University with his mentor and predecessor Rip Engle.[21] The Nittany Lions defeated the Hoosiers 16–10 for Paterno's 405th career win as head coach.[22] Both offenses struggled throughout most of the game. Rob Bolden started for Penn State at quarterback and shared playing time with Matt McGloin. Derek Moye caught a 74-yard touchdown pass from McGloin in the third quarter. Kicker Anthony Fera was successful on 3 of 4 field goal attempts.[22] Chaz Powell had one interception and Devon Still recovered a fumble that was forced by Sean Stanley. Silas Redd led the Nittany Lion ground game with 126 yards on 30 carries. Penn State committed two turnovers in the red zone, Bolden threw an interception to Forisse Hardin and Redd fumbled the ball at the three-yard line.[23]

October 8 vs. IowaEdit

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

Penn State defeated Iowa 13 – 3. The victory over the Hawkeyes was just the second win in the series for the Nittany Lions since 2000.[24] Rob Bolden started the game, but played just two series. Matt McGloin took the rest of the snaps at quarterback and completed a 2-yard touchdown to Kevin Haplea.[25] The Penn State defense produced five sacks and three turnovers, one fumble and two interceptions to help control the game. The running game led by Silas Redd and Curtis Dukes ran up 231 yards on the ground to help control the clock and keep the Iowa offense off the field.[24] Joe Paterno, still recovering from off season injuries spent the first half on the sidelines before moving to the pressbox in the second half. Penn State honored the 1986 National Champions at halftime of the game to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Penn State's upset victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.[24]

October 15 vs. PurdueEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 3 3 6 6 18
Penn State 7 3 10 3 23

Penn State defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 23 – 18 for a homecoming victory and to go to 6 – 1 on the season and 3 – 0 in the Big Ten.[26] Rob Bolden once again started at quarterback, but Matt McGloin took the great majority of the snaps. He threw one interception that bounced off the feet of receiver Bill Belton and into the arms of the Boilermaker's Albert Evans who returned it 55 yards from the endzone.[27] Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and one touchdown. Backup tailback Curtis Dukes scored his first career touchdown.[26] The Penn State defense came up with three interceptions, two by linebacker Nate Stupar and one by safety Nick Sukay.[27] Starting wide receiver Derek Moye missed the game with a foot injury and coach Joe Paterno, still recovering from off season injuries, spent the entire game in the pressbox.[26][27]

October 22 at NorthwesternEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Penn State 14 13 7 0 34
Northwestern 14 10 0 0 24

Penn State defeated Northwestern 34–24 giving Joe Paterno his 408th career win and tying him with Grambling's legendary Eddie Robinson.[28] Matt McGloin started and played the entire game at quarterback.[28] The first half was an offensive shoot-out and the second a defensive struggle. Despite the fact that McGloin took every snap at quarterback, both Joe and quarterback coach Jay Paterno stated that the competition between McGloin and Rob Bolden to be the starter was still active.[28] The defensive star of the game was linebacker Gerald Hodges. He had a career-high 14 tackles and returned an interception thrown by Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native Dan Persa for 63 yards.[29] Anthony Fera kicked two field goals to go with the four touchdowns produced by the Nittany Lions.[28] McGloin threw touchdown passes to Justin Brown and Devon Smith. Silas Redd and Stephon Green both scored one running touchdown.[29]

October 29 vs. IllinoisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Illinois 0 0 7 0 7
Penn State 0 0 0 10 10

Paterno earned his 409th win and passed Grambling State's Eddie Robinson as Division I's winningest coach in what would unexpectedly become his final game at Penn State. The game at halftime was 0–0, Illinois took a 7–0 lead in the 3rd quarter on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to wide receiver Spencer Harris.[30] A blocked punt by Brad Bars set up Penn State's first score of the game, a thirty-yard field goal by Anthony Fera with 7:00 remaining.[30] Matt McGloin led Penn State on the game-winning drive that was sparked by the return from injury of Derek Moye. The Nittany Lions drove 80 yards down the field in the final three minutes of the game. A three-yard touchdown run by running back Silas Redd put the Lions ahead 10–7.[30] Illinois drove into field goal range, and attempted a 42-yard field goal. The field goal hit the right upright, and Penn State won 10–7.[30] Redd topped 1,000 yards for the season while running for 137 yards on 30 carries. Linebacker Gerald Hodges led the defense with 19 tackles, a forced fumble, and two pass break-ups.[31]

November 12 vs. NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Nebraska 0 10 7 0 17
#12 Penn State 0 0 7 7 14

This was the first Nittany Lion's game not coached by Joe Paterno in 46 years due to his firing for his involvement in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[32] Penn State fell behind 10–0 at halftime and trailed 17–0 after a Matt McGloin fumble in the third quarter that led to a Nebraska touchdown. Penn State rallied, however, and even had a chance to win after scoring two touchdowns and narrowing the deficit to 17–14. Had Penn State won the game, they would have been two regular-season wins away from a likely Big Ten championship appearance. (They went on to beat Ohio State and to lose to Wisconsin.) [33] However, a last gasp play from near mid-field ended hopes of a comeback. This game was marked with much emotion with a blue-out (in contrast to the normal white-out) at Beaver Stadium in support of the alleged victims of Sandusky's crimes. Nebraska and Penn State gathered for a prayer at midfield for the victims and the fans showed the support for their team with a standing ovation at the end of the game despite the loss.[33]

November 19 at Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Penn State 10 10 0 0 20
Ohio State 0 14 0 0 14

Penn State defeated Ohio State 20–14. Stephon Green ran for two touchdowns and Anthony Fera kicked two field goals for the Nittany Lions. It was Penn State's first and only win with Tom Bradley as coach. All of the scoring in the game was contained to the first half.[34] Penn State had success running the Wildcat formation with Curtis Drake and Bill Belton taking snaps while quarterback Matt McGloin lined up in the slot. This victory took the show down for the Leaders Division championship to their final regular season game at Wisconsin. Penn State won the game despite being a seven-point underdog according to Las Vegas bookmakers. It was the first time since 2001 against Northwestern that the Nittany Lions were victorious despite being so heavily favored to lose.[35]

November 26 at WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Penn State 7 0 0 0 7
#12 Wisconsin 7 21 14 3 45

The winner of this matchup was guaranteed to represent the Leaders division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Penn State lost to Wisconsin 7–45 to close out the regular season. The Nittany Lions took a 7–0 lead in the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Curtis Drake. Penn State turned the ball over four times, three fumbles and one interception. The Badgers, led by quarterback Russell Wilson and tailback Montee Ball, were able to convert all four turnovers into scores.[36]

January 2 vs. Houston (2012 TicketCity Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Penn State 0 7 7 0 14
#17 Houston 17 7 3 3 30

Penn State lost to Houston 14–30 in the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas to end the season. Houston quarterback, Case Keenum, was the game MVP completing 45 of 69 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Bolden started at quarterback in place of the injured Matt McGloin for Penn State. Bolden, the offense, and the defense struggled throughout the game.[37]


Penn State's football players were recognized for outstanding academic performance by the New America Foundation's Academic Bowl Championship Series.[3] The team was ranked number one out of the top 25 ranked BCS teams. The criteria in the rankings include the graduation rate of the team as compared to the rest of university, the difference between the graduation rate of African-American players and the rest of the squad as well as the same statistics for the rest of the students at Penn State, and the graduation rate differences between African American players and students.[3] This marked the second time that the football team at Penn State was ranked number one. Chris White was awarded the Ray Guy Award for the nations best Punter. The 2009 team earned the same honor.[3]




Seven players were invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, held February 22 to 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana: Jack Crawford, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Chaz Powell, Devon Still, Nate Stupar, Johnnie Troutman.[63]

All-star gamesEdit

Game Date Site Players
2012 Casino del Sol College All-Star Game January 16, 2012 Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
Tucson, Arizona
Drew Astorino[64]
Quinn Barham[64]
Stephfon Green[64]
2012 East-West Shrine Game January 21, 2012 Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Nick Sukay[65]
2012 Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl January 21, 2012 The Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Jon Rohrbaugh[66]
Andrew Szczerba[66]
2012 Senior Bowl January 28, 2012 Ladd–Peebles Stadium,
Mobile, Alabama
Devon Still[67]
Jack Crawford
D'Anton Lynn
Johnnie Troutman


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