1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football
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ConferenceIndependent
1987 record8–4
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,370)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)       12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse       11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State       11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina       8 4 0
Pittsburgh       8 4 0
Penn State       8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame       8 4 0
Southern Miss       6 5 0
Rutgers       6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana       6 5 0
Memphis State       5 5 1
Northern Illinois       5 5 1
West Virginia       6 6 0
Tulane       6 6 0
Army       5 6 0
Boston College       5 6 0
East Carolina       5 6 0
Akron       4 7 0
Cincinnati       4 7 0
Louisville       3 7 1
Temple       3 8 0
Tulsa       3 8 0
Virginia Tech       2 9 0
Navy       2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5Bowling GreenNo. 11W 45–1984,574
September 12No. 19 AlabamaNo. 11
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
CBSL 13–2485,619
September 19CincinnatiNo. 20
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 41–082,000
September 26at Boston CollegeNo. 15ESPNW 27–1750,267
October 3TempleNo. 14
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 27–1384,000
October 10RutgersdaggerNo. 14
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 35–2185,376
October 17at No. 13 SyracuseNo. 10CBSL 21–4850,011
October 31West VirginiaNo. 18
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 25–2185,108
November 7at MarylandNo. 16W 21–1662,500
November 14at PittsburghNo. 15ESPNL 0–1056,500
November 21No. 7 Notre Dame
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
CBSW 21–2084,000
January 1, 1988vs. No. 14 ClemsonNo. 20ABC NationalL 10–3553,152
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summaries

Notre Dame

1 234Total
Notre Dame 7 076 20
• Penn St 7 707 21

[2]

Roster

1987 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 9 Mike Alexander Sr
QB 12 Tom Bill Fr
T 74 Stan Clayton Sr
WR 26 David Daniels Fr
C 78 Roger Duffy So
TE 89 Bob Mrosko Jr
WR 6 Ray Roundtree Sr
OG 79 Dave Szott So
RB 32 Blair Thomas So
WR 5 Michael Timpson Jr
G 66 Steve Wisniewski Jr
C 72 Mike Wolf Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 35 Trey Bauer Sr
LB 31 Andre Collins So
DT 85 Frank Giannetti Fr
LB 90 Pete Giftopoulos Sr
S 3 Marques Henderson Sr
LB 84 Keith Karpinski Jr
LB 92 Quintus McDonald Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

NFL Draft

Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
3rd 3 58 Ray Roundtree Wide receiver Detroit Lions
8th 6 199 Mike Alexander Wide receiver Los Angeles Raiders
10th 1 250 Stan Clayton Offensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
11th 11 289 Pete Curkendall Buffalo Bills

References

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.