1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
National champion (DeVold, Eck, Matthews, NYT)
Co-national champion (FACT, NCF, Sagarin)
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, W 38–20 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1994 record12–0 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (29th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State $ 8 0 0     12 0 0
No. 14 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
No. 12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † Michigan State forfeited 5 wins, 4 conference wins
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1994 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. Recently, some commentators have opined that perhaps this team should have earned a share of the 1994 national championship.

The team was selected national champion by DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Matthews Grid Ratings, and The New York Times, while named co-champion by Rothman (FACT), National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings.[2]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 38:00 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 9W 56–351,134
September 103:30 p.m.No. 14 USC*No. 8W 38–1496,463
September 1712:00 p.m.IowaNo. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 61–2195,834
September 2412:00 p.m.Rutgers*No. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 55–2795,379
October 14:00 p.m.at Temple*No. 4W 48–2138,140
October 153:30 p.m.at No. 5 MichiganNo. 3W 31–24106,382
October 293:30 p.m.No. 21 Ohio StatedaggerNo. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 63–1497,079
November 512:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 2W 35–2947,754
November 123:30 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 2W 35–3172,364
November 191:00 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 45–1796,383
November 264:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 2
W 59–3196,493
January 2, 19954:30 p.m.vs. No. 12 OregonNo. 2W 38–20102,247
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit]

1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Mike Archie Jr
TE 81 Kyle Brady Sr
WR 11 Chris Campbell So
RB 32 Ki-Jana Carter Jr
QB 12 Kerry Collins Sr
WR 10 Bobby Engram Jr
C 60 Bucky Greeley Sr
G 50 Jeff Hartings Jr
T 68 Andre Johnson Jr
WR 83 Joe Jurevicius Fr
RB 22 Brian Milne Jr
G 64 Phil Ostrowski Fr
QB 14 Wally Richardson So
G 54 Marco Rivera Jr
WR 31 Freddie Scott So
FB 38 Jon Witman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 58 Todd Atkins Jr
LB 57 Matt Carroll Fr
DT 89 Eric Clair Jr
S 46 Marlon Forbes Sr
LB 16 Brian Gelzheiser Sr
LB 51 Greg Haren Jr
S 3 Kim Herring So
LB 92 Terry Killens Jr
LB 44 Jim Nelson Fr
DT 93 Brandon Noble So
DE 91 Chris Snyder Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Brad Aumiller Sr
K 20 Brett Conway So
P 28 Darrell Kania So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 9 9 8 (1) 6 (2) 5 (3) 4 (3) 4 (2) 3 (2) 1 (19) 1 (19) 2 (28) 2 (22) 2 (23) 2 (22) 2 (23) 2 (24) 2 (10 ​12) 
Coaches 9 (1) 8 5 (2) 5 (3) 4 (3) 4 (3) 3 (5) 1 (22) 1 (28) 1 (32) 2 (20) 2 (21) 2 (22) 2 (18) 2 (18) 2 (8)

Game summaries[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–20

USC[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1993 W 38–14

Iowa[edit]

Iowa at Penn State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 7014 21
Nittany Lions 35 10016 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 1993 W 31–0

Rutgers[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–2 1993 W 31–7

Temple[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
26–3–1 1992 W 49–8

Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1993 L 13–21

Ohio State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 1993 L 6–24

Indiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 38–31

Illinois[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1993 W 28–14

Northwestern[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1993 W 43–21

Michigan State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8–1 1993 W 38–37

Rose Bowl[edit]

Penn State vs. Oregon
1 234Total
No. 2 Nittany Lions 7 71410 38
No. 12 Ducks 7 076 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1964 L, 14–22

[3]

Notes[edit]

  • Penn State sets a single season record for most points scored (564).

Players in the 1995 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ki-Jana Carter RB 1 1 Cincinnati Bengals
Kerry Collins QB 1 5 Carolina Panthers
Kyle Brady TE 1 9 New York Jets
Phil Yeboah-Kodie LB 5 146 Denver Broncos
Brian Gelzheiser LB 6 187 Indianapolis Colts

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 115. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Gainesville Sunday January 3, 1995