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This is a list of seasons completed by the Penn State Nittany Lions football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1887, the Nittany Lions have participated in 1,297 officially sanctioned games, including 46 bowl games.

For most of its existence, Penn State competed as an independent. In 1993, Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference, where it has been a member ever since.

SeasonsEdit

National Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl game berth
Year Coach(es) Conference Record[1][2] Bowl Final AP Ranking
Wins Losses Ties
Penn State Nittany Lions
1887NO COACHInd200N/A
1888Ind021N/A
1889Ind220N/A
1890Ind220N/A
1891PIFA620N/A
1892George HoskinsInd510N/A
1893Ind410N/A
1894Ind601N/A
1895Ind223N/A
1896Samuel B. NewtonInd340N/A
1897Ind360N/A
1898Ind640N/A
1899Sam B. BoyleInd461N/A
1900William N. "Pop" GoldenInd461N/A
1901Ind530N/A
1902Ind730N/A
1903Daniel A. "Dan" ReedInd530N/A
1904Thomas F. "Tom" FennellInd640N/A
1905Ind830N/A
1906Ind811N/A
1907Ind640N/A
1908Ind550N/A
1909William M. "Bill" HollenbackInd502N/A
1910Jack HollenbackInd521N/A
1911William M. HollenbackInd801N/A
1912Ind800N/A
1913Ind260N/A
1914Ind531N/A
1915Richard C. "Dick" HarlowInd720N/A
1916Ind820N/A
1917Ind540N/A
1918Hugo F. BezdekInd121N/A
1919Ind710N/A
1920Ind702N/A
1921Ind802N/A
1922Ind641Lost Rose vs. USC, 3–14N/A
1923Ind621N/A
1924Ind631N/A
1925Ind441N/A
1926Ind540N/A
1927Ind621N/A
1928Ind351N/A
1929Ind630N/A
1930Robert A. "Bob" HigginsInd342N/A
1931Ind280N/A
1932Ind250N/A
1933Ind331N/A
1934Ind440N/A
1935Ind440N/A
1936Ind350
1937Ind530
1938Ind341
1939Ind512
1940Ind611
1941Ind720
1942Ind61119
1943Ind531
1944Ind630
1945Ind530
1946Ind620
1947Ind901Tied Cotton vs. SMU, 13–134
1948Ind71118
1949F. Joseph "Joe" BedenkInd540
1950Charles A. "Rip" EngleInd531
1951Ind540
1952Ind721
1953Ind630
1954Ind72020
1955Ind540
1956Ind621
1957Ind630
1958Ind631
1959Ind920Won Liberty vs. Alabama, 7–0 12
1960Ind730Won Liberty vs. Oregon, 41–1216
1961Ind830Won Gator vs. Georgia Tech, 30–15 17
1962Ind920Lost Gator vs. Florida 7–17 9
1963Ind730
1964Ind640
1965Ind550
1966Joe PaternoInd550
1967Ind821Tied Gator vs. Florida State, 17–17 10
1968Ind1100Won Orange vs. Kansas, 15–142
1969Ind1100Won Orange vs. Missouri 10–3 2
1970Ind73018
1971Ind1110Won Cotton vs. Texas, 30–6 5
1972Ind1020Lost Sugar vs. Oklahoma, 0–1410
1973Ind1200Won Orange vs. LSU, 16–9 5
1974Ind1020Won Cotton vs. Baylor, 41–207
1975Ind930Lost Sugar vs. Alabama, 6–13 10
1976Ind750Lost Gator vs. Notre Dame, 9–20
1977Ind1110Won Fiesta vs. Arizona State, 42–305
1978Ind1110Lost Sugar vs. Alabama, 7–144
1979Ind840Won Liberty vs. Tulane, 9–620
1980Ind1020Won Fiesta vs. Ohio State, 31–198
1981Ind1020Won Fiesta vs. USC, 26–103
1982Ind1110Won Sugar vs. Georgia, 27–23 1
1983Ind841Won Aloha vs. Washington, 13–10
1984Ind650
1985Ind1110Lost Orange vs. Oklahoma 10–253
1986Ind1200Won Fiesta vs. Miami (FL), 14–101
1987Ind840Lost Citrus vs. Clemson, 10–35
1988Ind560
1989Ind831Won Holiday vs. BYU, 50–3915
1990Ind930Lost Blockbuster vs. Florida State, 17–2411
1991Ind1120Won Fiesta vs. Tennessee, 42–173
1992Ind750Lost Blockbuster vs. Stanford, 3–24
1993Big Ten1020Won Citrus vs. Tennessee, 31–138
1994Big Ten1200Won Rose vs. Oregon, 38–202
1995Big Ten930Won Outback vs. Auburn, 43–1413
1996Big Ten112    -[A 1]Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas, 38–157
1997Big Ten93-Lost Citrus vs. Florida, 6–2116
1998Big Ten9 3 -Won Outback vs. Kentucky, 26–14 17
1999Big Ten10 3 -Won Alamo vs. Texas A&M, 24–0 11
2000Big Ten5 7 -
2001Big Ten5 6 -
2002Big Ten9 4 -Lost Capital One vs. Auburn, 9–1316
2003Big Ten3 9 -
2004Big Ten4 7 -
2005Big Ten11 1 -Won Orange vs. Florida State, 26–23 3 OT 3
2006Big Ten9 4 -Won Outback vs. Tennessee, 20–10 24
2007Big Ten9 4 -Won Alamo vs. Texas A&M, 24–17
2008Big Ten11 2 -Lost Rose vs. USC, 24–388
2009Big Ten11 2 -Won Capital One vs. LSU, 19–17 9
2010Big Ten7 6 -Lost Outback vs. Florida, 24–37
2011Joe Paterno
Tom Bradley (interim)[A 2]
Big Ten
(Leaders Division)
9 4 -Lost TicketCity vs. Houston, 14–30
2012Bill O' BrienBig Ten8 4 -Ineligible
2013Big Ten7 5 -Ineligible
2014James FranklinBig Ten
(East Division)
7 6 -Won Pinstripe vs. Boston College, 31–30 OT
2015Big Ten7 6 -Lost TaxSlayer vs. Georgia, 17–24
2016Big Ten 11 3 - Lost Rose vs. USC 49–52 7
2017Big Ten 11 2 - Won Fiesta vs. Washington 35–28 8
2018Big Ten 9 4 - Lost Citrus vs. Kentucky 24–27 17
Total 887 391 42 (all games)

Coaching recordEdit

List of coaches and their years coached and record (win–loss–ties): [7]

  • Pop Golden (1900–02): 16–12–1
  • Dan Reed (1903): 5–3–0
  • Tom Fennell (1904–08): 33–17–1
  • Bill Hollenback (1909): 5–0–2
  • Jack Hollenback (1910): 5–2–1
  • Bill Hollenback (1911–14): 23–9–2
  • Dick Harlow (1915–17): 20–8–0
  • Hugo Bezdek (1918–29): 65–30–11
  • Bob Higgins (1930–48): 91–57–11
  • Joe Bedenk (1949): 5–4–0
  • Rip Engle (1950–65): 104–48–4
  • Joe Paterno (1966–2011): 409–136–3[8]
  • Tom Bradley (2011): 1–3–0[8]
  • Bill O'Brien (2012–13): 15–9–0
  • James Franklin (2014–present): 36–17–0

NotesEdit

  1. Overtime introduced for regular season in Division I-A in 1996, eliminating ties.[3]
  2. Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal on November 9, 2011, and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named the interim head coach in his place.[4][5][6]

ReferencesEdit

Template:Big Ten Conference football team seasons

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