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1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Fiesta Bowl, W 26-10 vs. USC
Conference Independent
Coaches #3
AP #3
1981 record 10–2
Head coach Joe Paterno
Offensive coordinator Dick Anderson
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)

The 1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Penn State University during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12, 1981 Cincinnati #9 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN (tape delay) W 52–0   84,342
September 26, 1981 at #15 Nebraska #3 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN (tape delay) W 30–24   76,308
October 3, 1981 Temple #2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA W 30–0   84,562
October 10, 1981 #2 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN (tape delay) W 38–7   84,473
October 17, 1981 at Syracuse #2 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY W 41–16   50,037
October 24, 1981 West Virginia #1 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN (tape delay) W 30–7   85,012
October 31, 1981 at Miami #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC National L 14–17   32,117
November 7, 1981 at NC State #6 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC W 22–15   48,800
November 14, 1981 #6 Alabama #5 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC Regional L 16–31   85,133
November 21, 1981 Notre Dame #13 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN (tape delay) W 24–21   84,175
November 28, 1981 at #1 Pittsburgh #11 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ABC National W 48–14   60,260
January 1, 1982 vs. #8 USC #7 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC W 26–10   71,053
*Non-conference game. Eastern Time.

Game notes

Boston College

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston College 0 0 0 7 7
• Penn St 10 14 7 7 38


Notre Dame

Notre Dame at #13 Penn St
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 7 7 7 0 21
Penn St 14 3 0 7 24
  • Source: Eugene Register-Guard

Following the game, Penn State accepted an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl.

NFL Draft

Ten Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1982 NFL Draft.
Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 8 8 Mike Munchak Offensive guard Houston Oilers
1st 17 17 Sean Farrell Offensive guard Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2nd 1 28 Leo Wisniewski Nose tackle Baltimore Colts
2nd 10 37 Jim Romano Center Los Angeles Raiders
3rd 23 78 Vyto Kab Tight end Philadelphia Eagles
3rd 25 80 Paul Lankford Defensive back Miami Dolphins
5th 15 126 Mike Meade Running back Green Bay Packers
6th 13 152 Chet Parlavecchio Linebacker Green Bay Packers
9th 11 234 Matt Bradley Houston Oilers
10th 12 263 Rich D'Amico Los Angeles Raiders


Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award


  1. ^ Eugene-Register Guard. 1981 Oct 11.
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