1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Consensus national champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 27–23 vs. Georgia
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1982 record 11–1
Head coach Joe Paterno (17th season)
Offensive coordinator Dick Anderson
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 13 Florida State           9 3 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas State           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] Penn State defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 27–23, in the Sugar Bowl to win Joe Paterno's first consensus national championship.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 1:30 p.m. Temple No. 8 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN (tape delay) W 31–14   80,000
September 11 1:30 p.m. Maryland No. 7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) TCS W 39–31   84,597
September 18 1:30 p.m. Rutgers No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA TCS W 49–14   83,268
September 25 3:50 p.m. No. 2 Nebraska No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA CBS W 27–24   85,304
October 9 1:30 p.m. at No. 4 Alabama No. 3 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (rivalry) CBS L 21–42   76,821
October 16 1:30 p.m. Syracusedagger No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (rivalry) TCS W 28–7   84,762
October 23 1:30 p.m. at No. 13 West Virginia No. 9 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (rivalry) USA W 24–0   60,958
October 30 1:30 p.m. at Boston College No. 8 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA TCS W 52–17   33,205
November 6 1:30 p.m. NC State No. 7 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA TCS W 54–0   84,837
November 13 3:50 p.m. at No. 13 Notre Dame No. 5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN ABC W 24–14   59,075
November 26 12:30 p.m. No. 5 Pittsburgh No. 2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (rivalry) ABC W 19–10   85,522
January 1, 1983 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Georgia No. 2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 27–23   78,124
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1982 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Todd Blackledge Sr
TE 80 Kirk Bowman Jr
T 79 Bill Contz Sr
T 72 Ron Heller Jr
WR 19 Gregg Garrity Sr
C 58 Nick Haden So
WR 82 Kenny Jackson Jr
G 60 Dave Laube Sr
TE 81 Mike McCloskey Sr
RB 29 Tony Mumford So
G 56 Pete Speros Jr
FB 43 Jon Williams So
RB 25 Curt Warner Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 39 Dan Biondi Sr
CB 23 Alvin Cunningham So
DT 70 Greg Gattuso Jr
Hero 17 Harry Hamilton Jr
CB 49 Roger Jackson Sr
LB 98 Ken Kelley Sr
LB 37 Walker Lee Ashley Sr
DT 65 Dave Opfar Sr
LB 33 Dave Paffenroth Sr
LB 55 Rodger Puz Sr
LB 97 Scott Radecic Jr
S 32 Mark Robinson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 13 Nick Gancitano So
P 21 Ralph Giacomarro Sr
PK 10 Massimo Manca Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Rankings[edit]

AP Poll[edit]

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
8 7 8 8 3 3 8 9 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 1

UPI Poll[edit]

Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final
5 8 5 3 3 10 8 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 1

Game summaries[edit]

Temple[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–3–1 1981 PSU, 30–0
Temple vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Temple 0 7 0714
#8 Penn State 21 3 0731

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Maryland[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–1–5 1980 PSU, 24–10
Maryland vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Maryland 3 7 14731
#7 Penn State 3 17 91039

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,597
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

Rutgers[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–1 1979 PSU, 45–10
Rutgers vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rutgers 7 7 0014
#5 Penn State 7 14 141449

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 83,268
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#2 Nebraska[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1981 PSU, 30–24
Nebraska vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Nebraska 0 7 71024
#8 Penn State 7 7 7627

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#4 Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1981 ALA, 31–16
Penn State vs. Alabama – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#3 Penn State 7 0 7721
#4 Alabama 7 14 31842

at Legion Field

Game information

Syracuse[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–21–5 1981 PSU, 41–16
Syracuse vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Syracuse 0 7 007
#8 Penn State 7 14 0728

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#13 West Virginia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–7–2 1981 PSU, 30–7
Penn State vs. West Virginia – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 Penn State 3 7 01424
#13 West Virginia 0 0 000

at Mountaineer Field

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 60,958
  • TV: USA
Game information

Boston College[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–0 1981 PSU, 38–7
Penn State vs. Boston College – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#8 Penn State 14 17 71452
Boston College 7 3 0717

at Alumni Stadium

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 33,205
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

North Carolina State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–2 1981 PSU, 22–15
North Carolina State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
North Carolina State 0 0 000
#7 Penn State 17 9 21754

at Beaver Stadium

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 84,762
  • TV announcers (TCS): Stan Savran, George Paterno
Game information

#13 Notre Dame[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4–1 1981 PSU, 24–21
Penn State vs. Notre Dame – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5 Penn State 0 13 01124
#13 Notre Dame 7 7 0014

at Notre Dame Stadium

Game information

#5 Pittsburgh[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
38–36–3 1981 PSU, 48–14
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5 Pittsburgh 0 7 0310
#2 Penn State 3 0 10619

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#1 Georgia (Sugar Bowl)[edit]

Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting
Penn State vs. Georgia – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Penn State 7 13 0727
#1 Georgia 3 7 7623

at Louisiana Superdome

Game information

Awards[edit]

Davey O'Brien Award
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Nittany Lion of the Year

NFL Draft[edit]

Nine Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 3 3 Curt Warner Running back Seattle Seahawks
1st 7 7 Todd Blackledge Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
3rd 17 73 Walker Lee Ashley Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
4th 4 88 Mike McCloskey Tight end Houston Oilers
5th 10 122 Bill Contz Offensive tackle Cleveland Browns
5th 28 140 Gregg Garrity Wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
10th 8 261 Dave Laube Detroit Lions
10th 10 263 Pete Speros Seattle Seahawks
10th 15 268 Ralph Giacomarro Punter Atlanta Falcons

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Studio host
WMAJ–AM 1450 Fran Fisher

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 14, 1982. Retrieved December 15, 2014.