1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1966 record 5–5
Head coach Joe Paterno (1st season)
Captain Mike Irwin
Captain John Runnells
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 46,284)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame           9 0 1
Colgate           8 1 1
No. 8 Georgia Tech           9 2 0
Army           8 2 0
Dayton           8 2 0
Houston           8 2 0
Memphis           7 2 0
No. 9 Miami (FL)           8 2 1
VPI           8 2 1
Syracuse           8 3 0
Colorado State           7 3 0
New Mexico State           7 3 0
West Texas State           7 3 0
Villanova           6 3 0
Holy Cross           6 3 1
Southern Miss           6 4 0
Texas Western           6 4 0
Rutgers           5 4 0
Tulane           5 4 1
Florida State           6 5 0
Buffalo           5 5 0
Penn State           5 5 0
Air Force           4 6 0
Boston College           4 6 0
Navy           4 6 0
Utah State           4 6 0
Xavier           4 6 0
Pacific           4 7 0
San Jose State           3 7 0
Pittsburgh           1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1966 college football season.[1] It was Joe Paterno's first season as head coach of Penn State.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 Maryland Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania (Rivalry) W 15–7   40,911
September 24 at No. 1 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan (Rivalry) L 8–42   64,860
October 1 at Army Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 0–11   31,112
October 8 Boston College Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania W 30–21   30,924
October 15 at No. 4 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles L 11–49   37,271
October 22 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia (Rivalry) W 38–6   15,835
October 29 Californiadagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania W 33–15   33,332
November 5 Syracuse Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania (Rivalry) ABC Regional L 10–12   45,126
November 12 at No. 5 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta L 0–21   50,172
November 19 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh (Rivalry) W 48–24   30,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Maryland[edit]

1 234Total
Maryland 7 000 7
• Penn St 11 004 15

[2]

Michigan State[edit]

Army[edit]

Boston College[edit]

UCLA[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Roster[edit]

1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 73 Dave Bradley So
T 77 Rich Buzin Jr
WR 23 Bob Campbell So
C 53 Bill Lenkaitis So
QB 25 Tom Sherman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 79 Mike McBath Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

NFL/AFL Common Draft[edit]

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1967 NFL/AFL Common Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 27 53 Dave Rowe Defensive tackle New Orleans Saints
10th 20 257 John Runnells Boston Patriots
16th 22 415 Mike Irwin Buffalo Bills

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1965-1969)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Penn State Trips Terrapins, 15-7." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Sept 18. Retrieved 2014-Jan-14.