1976 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Team
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1976 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Team
1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football
ConferenceIndependent
1976 record7-5
Head coachJoe Paterno (11th season)
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 60,203)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 NCAA Division I independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Pittsburgh         12 0 0
No. 17 Rutgers         11 0 0
San Diego State         10 1 0
No. 12 Notre Dame         9 3 0
Colgate         8 2 0
Boston College         8 3 0
Cincinnati         8 3 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
North Texas State         7 4 0*
Penn State         7 5 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Virginia Tech         6 5 0
Army         5 6 0
Florida State         5 6 0
Illinois State         5 6 0
Richmond         5 6 0
West Virginia         5 6 0
Georgia Tech         4 6 1
Temple         4 6 0
Air Force         4 7 0
Dayton         4 7 0
Louisville         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
Indiana State         3 7 0
Hawaii         3 8 0
Holy Cross         3 8 0
Miami (FL)         3 8 0
Syracuse         3 8 0
Utah State         3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana         2 9 0
Southern Miss         2 9 0
Tulane         2 9 0
  • North Texas State (originally 6-5-0) awarded a forfeit win after Mississippi State was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season.[2] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11StanfordNo. 10W 15-1261,645
September 18No. 2 Ohio StateNo. 7
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 7-1262,503
September 25IowaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 6-761,268
October 2at KentuckyNo. 20L 6-2257,723
October 9Army
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 38-1660,436
October 16Syracusedagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 27-361,474
October 23at West VirginiaW 33-037,762
October 30at TempleW 31-3042,005
November 6North Carolina State
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 41-2060,426
November 13at Miami (FL)W 21-719,627
November 26at No. 1 PittsburghNo. 16ABCL 7-2450,360
December 27vs. No. 15 Notre DameNo. 20ABCL 9-2067,827
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

NFL Draft

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1977 NFL Draft.

References

  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1976-standings.html
  2. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved 2015.



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