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This is a list of seasons completed by the Penn State Nittany Lions football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1881, the Nittany Lions have participated in more than 1,100 officially-sanctioned games, including 43 bowl games.

For most of its existence, Penn State competed as an independent. In 1993, Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference, where it has been a member ever since.

On July 23, 2012, NCAA President Mark Emmert ordered all victories from 1998-2011 vacated as part of multiple penalties levied against the university in response to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[1]

SeasonsEdit

National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth
Year Coach(es) Conference Record[2][3] Bowl AP Postseason
Wins Losses Ties
Penn State Nittany Lions
1881No CoachInd100
1887Ind200
1888Ind022
1889Ind220
1890Ind220
1891PIFA620
1892George HoskinsInd510
1893Ind410
1894Ind601
1895Ind223
1896Samuel B. NewtonInd340
1897Ind360
1898Ind640
1899Sam B. BoyleInd461
1900William N. "Pop" GoldenInd461
1901Ind530
1902Ind730
1903Daniel A. "Dan" ReedInd530
1904Thomas F. "Tom" FennellInd640
1905Ind830
1906Ind811
1907Ind640
1908Ind550
1909William M. "Bill" HollenbackInd502
1910Jack HollenbackInd521
1911William M. HollenbackInd801
1912Ind800
1913Ind260
1914Ind531
1915Richard C. "Dick" HarlowInd720
1916Ind820
1917Ind540
1918Hugo F. BezdekInd121
1919Ind710
1920Ind702
1921Ind802
1922Ind641Lost 1923 Rose Bowl vs. USC, 3-14
1923Ind621
1924Ind631
1925Ind441
1926Ind540
1927Ind621
1928Ind351
1929Ind630
1930Robert A. "Bob" HigginsInd342
1931Ind280
1932Ind250
1933Ind331
1934Ind440
1935Ind440
1936Ind350
1937Ind530
1938Ind341
1939Ind512
1940Ind611
1941Ind720
1942Ind61119
1943Ind531
1944Ind630
1945Ind530
1946Ind620
1947Ind901Tied 1948 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. SMU, 13-134
1948Ind71118
1949F. Joseph "Joe" BedenkInd540
1950Charles A. "Rip" EngleInd531
1951Ind540
1952Ind721
1953Ind630
1954Ind72020
1955Ind540
1956Ind621
1957Ind630
1958Ind631
1959Ind920Won 1959 Liberty Bowl vs. Alabama, 7–0 12
1960Ind730Won 1960 Liberty Bowl vs. Oregon, 41-1216
1961Ind830Won 1961 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, 30–15 17
1962Ind920Lost 1962 Gator Bowl vs. Florida 7–17 9
1963Ind730
1964Ind640
1965Ind550
1966Joe PaternoInd550
1967Ind821Tied 1967 Gator Bowl vs. Florida State, 17–17 10
1968Ind1100Won 1969 Orange Bowl vs. Kansas, 15–142
1969Ind1100Won 1970 Orange Bowl vs. Missouri 10–3 2
1970Ind73018
1971Ind1110Won 1972 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas, 30–6 5
1972Ind1020Lost 1972 Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma, 0-1410
1973Ind1200Won 1974 Orange Bowl vs. LSU, 16–9 5
1974Ind1020Won 1975 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Baylor, 41–207
1975Ind930Lost 1975 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama, 6–13 10
1976Ind750Lost Gator Bowl vs. Notre Dame, 9–20
1977Ind1110Won 1977 Fiesta Bowl vs. Arizona State, 42–305
1978Ind1110Lost 1979 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama, 7–144
1979Ind840Won 1979 Liberty Bowl vs. Tulane, 9–620
1980Ind1020Won 1980 Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State, 31–198
1981Ind1020Won 1981 Fiesta Bowl vs. USC, 26–103
1982Ind1110Won 1983 Sugar Bowl vs. Georgia, 27–23 1
1983Ind841Won 1983 Aloha Bowl vs. Washington, 13–10
1984Ind650
1985Ind1110Lost 1986 Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma 10–253
1986Ind1200Won 1987 Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami (FL), 14–101
1987Ind840Lost 1988 Citrus Bowl vs. Clemson, 10–35
1988Ind560
1989Ind831Won 1989 Holiday Bowl vs. BYU, 50–3915
1990Ind930Lost 1990 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State, 17–2411
1991Ind1120Won 1992 Fiesta Bowl vs. Tennessee, 42–173
1992Ind750Lost 1993 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Stanford, 3–24
1993Big Ten1020Won 1994 Citrus Bowl vs. Tennessee, 31–138
1994Big Ten1200Won 1995 Rose Bowl vs. Oregon, 38–202
1995Big Ten930Won 1996 Outback Bowl vs. Auburn, 43–1413
1996Big Ten112-[A 1]Won 1997 Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas, 38–157
1997Big Ten93-Lost 1998 Citrus Bowl vs. Florida, 6–2116
All wins from 1998-2011 vacated by NCAA on July 23, 2012 as penalty for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Vacated wins are in parenthesis.[1]
1998Joe PaternoBig Ten0 (9) 3 -Won 1999 Outback Bowl vs. Kentucky, 26–14 (Vacated) 17
1999Big Ten0 (10) 3 -Won 1999 Alamo Bowl vs. Texas A&M, 24–0 (Vacated) 11
2000Big Ten0 (5) 7 -
2001Big Ten0 (5) 6 -
2002Big Ten0 (9) 4 -Lost 2003 Capital One Bowl vs. Auburn, 9–1316
2003Big Ten0 (3) 9 -
2004Big Ten0 (4) 7 -
2005Big Ten0 (11) 1 -Won 2006 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State, 26–23 (Vacated) 3
2006Big Ten0 (9) 4 -Won 2007 Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee, 20–10 (Vacated) 24
2007Big Ten0 (9) 4 -Won 2007 Alamo Bowl vs. Texas A&M, 24–17 (Vacated)
2008Big Ten0 (11) 2 -Lost 2009 Rose Bowl vs. USC, 24–388
2009Big Ten0 (11) 2 -Won 2010 Capital One Bowl vs. LSU, 19-17 (Vacated) 9
2010Big Ten0 (7) 6 -Lost 2011 Outback Bowl vs. Florida, 24-37
2011Joe Paterno
Tom Bradley (interim)[A 2]
Big Ten
(Leaders Division)
0 (9) 4 -Lost 2012 TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston, 14-30
2012Bill O' BrienBig Ten8 4 -Ineligible
Total 750 362 43 (all games)

Coaching recordEdit

List of coaches and their record (win-loss-ties):

  • Uncoached era: 12–8–2
  • George Hoskins: 17–4–4
  • Samuel Newton: 12–14–0
  • Sam Boyle: 4–6–1
  • Pop Golden: 16–12–1
  • Dan Reed: 5–3–0
  • Tom Fennell: 33–17–1
  • Jack Hollenback: 5–2–1
  • Bill Hollenback: 28–9–4
  • Dick Harlow: 20–8–0
  • Hugo Bezdek: 65–30–11
  • Bob Higgins: 91–57–11
  • Joe Bedenk: 5–4–0
  • Rip Engle: 104–48–4
  • Joe Paterno: 298–136–3 (111 wins vacated)
  • Tom Bradley: 0-3-0 (1 win vacated)

NotesEdit

  1. Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[4]
  2. Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal on November 9, 2011, and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named the interim head coach in his place.[5][6][7]

ReferencesEdit

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