The Penn State Nittany Lions team speaks to the Pennsylvania State University in college football. The Nittany Lions contend in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as an individual from the Big Ten Conference, which they participated in 1993 subsequent to playing as an Independent from their establishing through 1992.
Built up in 1887, the Nittany Lions have accomplished various on-field victories, the most striking of which incorporate two accord national titles (1982 and 1986), four Big Ten Conference Championships (in 1994, 2005, 2008, and 2016), and 48 appearances in college bowl amusements, with a postseason bowl record of 29– 17– 2. The group is additionally #8 record-breaking in all out wins, one diversion behind Oklahoma and Alabama. The Nittany Lions play their home amusements at Beaver Stadium, situated on-grounds in University Park, Pennsylvania. With an official seating limit of 106,572, Beaver Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the western side of the equator, behind only Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The group is right now instructed by James Franklin.
Penn State has won two consensus national titles, both under Joe Paterno’s residency as mentor.
Year Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1982 Joe Paterno AP, Coaches 11– 1 Won Sugar
1986 Joe Paterno AP, Coaches 12– 0 Won Fiesta
Unclaimed national title choices from NCAA-assigned Major Selectors.:107– 109
Year Coach Selectors Record Bowl Result
1911 Bill Hollenback National Championship Foundation 8– 0– 1 None
1912 Bill Hollenback National Championship Foundation 8– 0 None
1969 Joe Paterno Rothman (FACT), Sagarin Ratings 11– 0 Orange Bowl W 10– 3
1981 Joe Paterno Dunkel System 10– 2 Fiesta Bowl W 26– 10
1994 Joe Paterno DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Rothman (FACT), Matthews Grid Ratings, National Championship Foundation, New York Times, Sagarin Ratings 12– 0 Rose Bowl W 38– 20
Primary article: Michigan State– Penn State football contention
Since 1993, Penn State has played Michigan State for the Land Grant Trophy. Michigan State as of now holds ownership of the trophy in the wake of winning the 2017 challenge. Starting with the association’s extension and new division design in 2011, the two groups were in various divisions and did not play every year, anyway this series renewed in the 2014 season and proceed with yearly as they will both be in the Big Ten’s Eastern Division. Penn State has a 14– 8 record in these trophy diversions. Michigan State presently drives the arrangement 16– 15– 1.
Since 1993, Penn State has played Minnesota for the Governor’s Victory Bell sporadically in their Big Ten calendar.
Because of the most recent changes in the Big Ten’s booking systems, the series will be held around two times at regular intervals beginning in 2014; this will change to three times like clockwork when the Big Ten includes another meeting diversion compelling 2016. Penn State won the latest gathering 29– 26 in extra minutes on October 1, 2016 in State College. The following diversion is booked for November 9, 2019 in Minnesota. Penn State at present leads the unsurpassed arrangement 9– 5.
Primary article: Penn State– Pittsburgh football contention
This is a long-standing arrangement between in-state rivals Penn State and Pittsburgh. Once considered the fiercest and most critical school football contention north of the Mason– Dixon line, this competition was first played in 1893 when Penn State won 32– 0. The latest amusement in the arrangement was played in 2018 with Penn State prevailing upon Pittsburgh 51-6 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Marked the Keystone Classic in 2016, the Pitt-Penn State diversion is booked to proceed yearly through 2019, with the 2017 and 2019 challenges occurring at Beaver Stadium in State College and the 2018 challenge occurring at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Penn State has not played more amusements against some other rival, though Pitt has just played more against West Virginia University. The amusement planned for 2019 in State College will stamp their 100th matchup.
Penn State at present holds a 51– 43– 4 record in the arrangement
Fundamental article: Ohio State– Penn State football contention
The contention started before Penn State was an individual from the Big Ten. Penn State won the initial four gatherings of the arrangement, which were held somewhere in the range of 1912 and 1964. At that point Ohio State won in 1975 out of a diversion held in Columbus, Ohio and again in 1976 amid the principal ever coordinate between the two groups in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State and Ohio State would meet again in 1980 in their sole postseason bowl, the 1980 Fiesta Bowl, which Penn State won. After the Fiesta Bowl, the two groups would not meet again until the point when Penn State joined the Big Ten out of 1993. From that point forward, the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have played each other every year. Ohio State right now drives the arrangement 18– 14.
Penn State– West Virginia football contention
Penn State and West Virginia have played each other 59 times. The principal amusement was in 1904 when Penn state won that diversion 34-0. The two groups declared on September 19, 2013 that a home and home arrangement has been booked for 2023 and 2024. This arrangement has been commanded by the Nittany Lions, as of now driving the arrangement 48-9-2.
Primary article: Penn State– Syracuse football competition
The competition began in 1922, when Syracuse battled Penn State to a 0– 0 tie. In any case, it was amid the 1960s that the contention strengthened, as it appreciated a focused and frequently questionable series of challenges. Syracuse football was driven by Ben Schwartzwalder, and Penn State by Rip Engle, then Joe Paterno. From 1950 to 1970, Syracuse won 11 diversions to Penn State’s 10.
After Schwartzwalder resigned in 1973, Syracuse fumbled. Penn State won 16 straight from 1971 to 1986. Gathering realignment and planning differences likewise hosed the power of the competition. Penn State fans and players progressively directed their concentration toward the rivalry with Pittsburgh.
In 1987, Coach Dick MacPherson finally drove Syracuse to a resonating 48– 21 triumph over the Nittany Lions in the Dome. Syracuse won again the next year in Happy Valley but lost the last two amusements previously the arrangement was suspended in 1991. The competition has since been restored three times since the arrangement suspension — in 2008, 2009, and 2013. The Nittany Lions won every one of the three of these challenges. Penn State drives the arrangement 43– 23– 5.
Alabama– Penn State football competition
In spite of the fact that the Crimson Tide are not as a lot of a conventional rival for the Nittany Lions, the two groups are still frequently considered among the best in the nation, guarantee a consolidated 18 national titles, and have met in a bowl diversion three times. The arrangement started on December 19, 1959 in that year’s version of the Liberty Bowl, a 7– 0 win for #12 Penn State. After sixteen years, the Nittany Lions and Crimson Tide met in the 1975 Sugar Bowl, bringing about a 13– 6 Tide triumph in New Orleans. Maybe the most remarkable amusement between these two groups came four years after the fact, in a 1979 Sugar Bowl rematch, bringing about another Alabama triumph. The competition was heightened amid the 1980s, when the Lions and Tide met in 10 continuous seasons, all amid general season play. After this time, the contention went lethargic for two decades previously being restored for a 2-diversion home-and-home arrangement in 2010 and 2011. Altogether, Alabama drives the arrangement, 10– 5.
Maryland– Penn State football contention
Penn State and Maryland met in quickly intruded on extends somewhere in the range of 1917 and 1993, with a close back to back run played everything except three years (1976, 1981, and 1983) somewhere in the range of 1960 and 1993. Be that as it may, the uneven record gives a false representation of what was frequently a focused coordinate until its last years. While Maryland just assembled one win and one tie, various recreations were barely lost by missed field goals and turnovers. In 1975, a field objective endeavor by kicker Mike Sochko hit the upright with under a moment left, and Maryland lost 15– 13. After ten years, the Terps missed three field objectives to in the end lose 20– 18. After the Nittany Lions’ turn to the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the arrangement was dropped. In any case, Maryland wound up joining the Big Ten too, in 2014, restoring the competition after over 2 many years of being torpid. They are planned to have every year as impact of the gathering plan. The two schools contend forcefully for initiates in the Baltimore– Washington metropolitan areaand Delaware Valley.
Current training staff
Staff as of March 2018.
Position Name First Year Alma mater
Head Coach James Franklin 2014 East Stroudsburg (1994)
Cautious Coordinator/Linebackers Brent Pry 2014 Buffalo (1993)
Hostile Coordinator/Quarterbacks Ricky Rahne 2014 Cornell (2002)
Tight closures/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator Tyler Bowen 2018 Maryland (2009)
Wide receivers David Corley Jr. 2018 William and Mary (2002)
Right hand Head Coach/Cornerbacks/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator Terry Smith 2014 Penn State (1991)
Protections/Co-Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks 2016 Central Michigan (1995)
Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Matt Limegrover 2016 University of Chicago (1990)
Relate Head Coach/Defensive Line/Run Game Coordinator Sean Spencer 2014 Clarion (1995)
Collaborator Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator Phil Galiano 2018 Shippensburg University
Running Backs Ja’Juan Seider 2018 West Virginia
Quality and Conditioning Dwight Galt 2014 Maryland