1921 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1921 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1921 record 8–0–2
Head coach Hugo Bezdek (4th season)
Captain George Snell
Home stadium New Beaver Field
Seasons
← 1920
1922 →
1921 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Penn State         8 0 2
Notre Dame         10 1 0
USC         10 1 0
Navy         6 1 0
Dartmouth         6 2 1
Pittsburgh         5 3 1
Army         6 4 0
Idaho         4 3 1
Montana         3 3 1

The 1921 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State College in the 1921 college football season.[1] Known as the "Mystery Team", they were coached by Hugo Bezdek and played their home games in New Beaver Field in State College, Pennsylvania.

The Lions were again undefeated, but tied Harvard and rival Pittsburgh on the road.[2] The season concluded in December with a long trip to Seattle and a 21–7 win over struggling Washington.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 Lebanon Valley New Beaver FieldState College, PA W 53–0  
October 1 Gettysburg New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 24–0  
October 8 NC State New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 35–0  
October 15 Lehighdagger New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 28–7  
October 22 at Harvard Harvard StadiumAllston, MA T  21–21  
October 29 vs. Georgia Tech Polo GroundsNew York, NY W 28–7  
November 5 Carnegie Tech New Beaver Field • State College, PA W 28–7  
November 12 vs. Navy Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 13–7  
November 24 at Pittsburgh Forbes FieldPittsburgh, PA [2] (Rivalry) T    0–0  
December 3 at Washington University StadiumSeattle, WA [3] W 21–7  
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Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
9 Ray Baer guard Toledo, Ohio 200
7 Joe Bedenk guard Williamsport 185
8 Newsh Bentz center 190
10 Hills tackle 180
5 Hufford end 170
6 McMahon tackle 215
11 Stan McCollum end 178

Backfield[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
2 Glenn Killinger quarterback Harrisburg Tech HS 5' 9" 160 23
25 Knabb fullback 175
4 Joe Lightner halfback Marysville 178
15 Wilson halfback 165

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1920-1924)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Pitt men rejoice over "moral victory" by Panthers". Pittsburgh Press. November 25, 1921. p. 32. 
  3. ^ a b "Penn States attack dazzles U. of W., and Bezdek's Lions triumph, 21-7". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). December 4, 1921. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160611010718/http://joepasdoghouse.com/?p=1166