1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 31–19 vs. Ohio State
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
Record10–2
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Pittsburgh       11 1 0
No. 5 Florida State       10 2 0
No. 8 Penn State       10 2 0
No. 9 Notre Dame       9 2 1
No. 18 Miami (FL)       9 3 0
Southern Miss       9 3 0
Navy       8 4 0
South Carolina       8 4 0
Virginia Tech       8 4 0
Boston College       7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana       7 4 0
Rutgers       7 4 0
UNLV       7 4 0
Tulane       7 5 0
Colgate       5 4 1
North Texas State       6 5 0
Villanova       6 5 0
West Virginia       6 6 0
Louisville       5 6 0
Richmond       5 6 0
Syracuse       5 6 0
East Carolina       4 7 0
Illinois State       4 7 0
Temple       4 7 0
Army       3 7 1
Holy Cross       3 8 0
Cincinnati       2 9 0
Memphis State       2 9 0
William & Mary       2 9 0
Georgia Tech       1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 6ColgateNo. 18W 54–1078,926[2]
September 20at Texas A&MNo. 12ESPN (tape delay)W 25–966,234
September 27No. 3 NebraskaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 7–2184,585
October 4at No. 9 MissouriNo. 17ESPN (tape delay)W 29–2175,298
October 11at MarylandNo. 14W 24–1048,123
October 18SyracusedaggerNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 24–784,000
October 25at West VirginiaNo. 13W 20–1549,000
November 1Miami (FL)No. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
TCSW 27–1283,661
November 8NC StateNo. 10
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 21–1383,847
November 15at TempleNo. 9W 50–749,313
November 28No. 4 PittsburghNo. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 9–1482,459
December 26vs. No. 11 Ohio StateNo. 10NBCW 31–1966,738
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1980 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 22 Tom Baar So
QB 14 Todd Blackledge So
C 59 Mark Battaglia So
WR 29 Mark Cherewka Sr
OT 79 Bill Contz So
OT 77 Bill Dugan Sr
G 62 Sean Farrell Jr
WR 19 Gregg Garrity So
TE 85 Vyto Kab Jr
TE 81 Mike McCloskey So
RB 38 Mike Meade Jr
RB 48 Booker Moore Sr
G 78 Mike Munchak Jr
C 53 Jim Romano Jr
TE 80 Brad Scovill Sr
RB 25 Curt Warner So
FB 44 Jon Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 73 Jeff Bergstrom Jr
DB 30 Matt Bradley Jr
DT 94 Frank Case Sr
Hero 17 Harry Hamilton Fr
LB 98 Ken Kelley So
DE 74 Larry Kubin 
Injured
Sr
DT 57 Pete Kugler Sr
DE 37 Walker Lee Ashley So
CB 12 Paul Lankford Jr
LB 65 Dave Opfar Jr
LB 94 Chet Parlavecchio Jr
LB 97 Scott Radecic Fr
S 23 John Walsh Sr
DT 61 Leo Wisniewski Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Brian Franco Jr
P 21 Ralph Giacomarro So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summaries

Nebraska

#3 Nebraska at #11 Penn State
1 234Total
No. 3 Cornhuskers 7 770 21
No. 11 Nittany Lions 0 700 7

See also: 1980 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

Syracuse

Syracuse at #12 Penn State
1 234Total
Orangemen 0 070 7
No.12 Nittany Lions 3 7014 24
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: Beaver Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,790

See also: 1980 Syracuse Orangemen football team

[3]

vs. Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl)

1980 Fiesta Bowl
1 234Total
No. 11 Buckeyes 6 1300 19
No. 10 Nittany Lions 7 3714 31
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
  • Game attendance: 66,738
  • Television network: NBC

Main article: 1980 Fiesta Bowl

[4]

NFL Draft

Seven Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1981 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 28 28 Booker Moore Running back Buffalo Bills
3rd 2 58 Bill Dugan Offensive guard Seattle Seahawks
6th 9 147 Pete Kugler Nose tackle San Francisco 49ers
6th 10 148 Larry Kubin Linebacker Washington Redskins
7th 20 186 Brad Scovill Seattle Seahawks
8th 21 214 Gene Gladys New Orleans Saints
11th 13 289 Frank Case Defensive end Kansas City Chiefs

References

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Explosive Penn St. Clouts Colgate, 54-10". The Sunday Press. Binghamton, N.Y. Associated Press. September 7, 1980. p. 3B – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Gadsden Times. 1980 Oct 19. Retrieved 2018-Dec-16.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).