|1912 Penn State Nittany Lions football|
Co-national champion (NCF)
|Home stadium||New Beaver Field|
|1912 Eastern college football independents records|
|Washington & Jefferson||–||8||–||3||–||1|
|Rhode Island State||–||6||–||3||–||0|
|Franklin & Marshall||–||6||–||4||–||0|
The 1912 Penn State Nittany Lions football team was an American football team that represented Pennsylvania State College as an independent during the 1912 college football season. In their third season under head coach Bill Hollenback, the team compiled an 8–0 record, shut out seven of eight opponents, and outscored all opponents by a total of 285 to 6.
There was no contemporaneous system in 1912 for determining a national champion. However, Penn State was retroactively named as the national champion by the National Championship Foundation. Harvard was recognized as the 1912 national champion by most selectors.
This team is known for playing the first of a series of games against eventual rival Ohio State, in which the Buckeyes forfeited because of the alleged rough play of the Nittany Lions once the score was 37–0. The official score was 1–0, but the gameball lists the score as 37–0.
Three persons associated with the 1912 Penn State team were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: coach Hollenback (inducted 1951); fullback Pete Mauthe (inducted 1957); and quarterback Shorty Miller (inducted 1974).
|October 5||Carnegie Tech||W 41–0|||
|October 12||Washington & Jefferson||W 30–0||4,000|||
|October 19||at Cornell||W 29–6|||
|October 26||Gettysburg||W 25–0|||
|November 2||at Penn||W 14–0||15,000|||
|November 9||Villanova||W 71–0|||
|November 16||at Ohio State||W 37–0||3,500|||
|November 28||at Pittsburgh||W 38–0||15,000|||