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1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Conference Independent
1966 record 5–5
Head coach Joe Paterno
Captain Mike Irwin
Captain John Runnells
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 46,284)

The 1966 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1966 college football season. It was Joe Paterno's first season as head coach of Penn State.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 17, 1966 Maryland Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 15–7   40,911
September 24, 1966 at #1 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 8–42   64,860
October 1, 1966 at Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 0–11   31,112
October 8, 1966 Boston College Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 30–21   30,924
October 15, 1966 at #4 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 11–49   37,271
October 22, 1966 at West Virginia Morgantown, WV W 38–6   15,835
October 29, 1966 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 33–15   33,332
November 5, 1966 Syracuse Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC Regional L 10–12   45,126
November 12, 1966 at #5 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 0–21   50,172
November 19, 1966 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 48–24   30,467
*Non-conference game. Eastern Time.

Game summaries


1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 7 0 0 0 7
• Penn St 11 0 0 4 15


Michigan State


Boston College


West Virginia

NFL/AFL Common Draft

Three Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1967 NFL/AFL Common Draft.
Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
2nd 27 53 Dave Rowe Defensive tackle New Orleans Saints
10th 20 257 John Runnells Boston Patriots
16th 22 415 Mike Irwin Buffalo Bills


  1. ^ "Penn State Trips Terrapins, 15-7." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Sept 18. Retrieved 2014-Jan-14.
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