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1979 Penn State Nittany Lions Stats

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Record: 8-4, .667 W-L% (31st of 140) ▪ Rank: 20th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Ind (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Joe Paterno (8-4)

PS/G: 21.4 (61st of 140) ▪ PA/G: 14.8 (33rd of 140)
SRS: 15.58 (15th of 140) ▪ SOS: 9.41 (9th of 140)

Bowl Game: Won Liberty Bowl 9-6 versus Tulane

Team Stats

Most values are per game averages
Passing Rushing
Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD
Offense 12 8.8 17.9 49.3 111.4 0.7 50.9 205.8 4.0 1.6
Defense 12 9.2 20.6 44.5 132.9 0.7 39.8 119.8 3.0 1.2
Difference -0.4 -2.7 +4.8 -21.5 0.0 +11.1 +86.0 +1.0 +0.4

Passing

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Dayle Tate 92 176 52.3 1179 6.7 4.8 8 11 111.0
2 Jeff Hostetler 6 17 35.3 72 4.2 1.6 0 1 59.1
3 Frank Rocco 4 12 33.3 54 4.5 4.5 0 0 71.1
4 Terry Rakowsky 4 10 40.0 32 3.2 -1.3 0 1 46.9

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Matt Suhey 185 973 5.3 6 13 99 7.6 1 198 1072 5.4 7
2 Booker Moore 131 555 4.2 9 8 73 9.1 0 139 628 4.5 9
3 Curt Warner 84 391 4.7 2 10 129 12.9 1 94 520 5.5 3
4 Dayle Tate 58 8 0.1 0 58 8 0.1 0
5 Mike Guman 50 178 3.6 1 6 49 8.2 0 56 227 4.1 1
6 Mike Meade 29 121 4.2 0 1 2 2.0 0 30 123 4.1 0
7 Leo McClelland 18 91 5.1 1 18 91 5.1 1
8 Frank Rocco 18 64 3.6 0 18 64 3.6 0
9 Dave Paffenroth 10 48 4.8 0 10 48 4.8 0
10 Jeff Hostetler 10 -3 -0.3 0 10 -3 -0.3 0
11 Joel Coles 9 31 3.4 0 1 11 11.0 0 10 42 4.2 0
12 Terry Rakowsky 7 19 2.7 0 2 49 24.5 0 9 68 7.6 0
13 Ralph Giacomarro 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 0.0 0
14 Tom Donovan 1 -7 -7.0 0 21 254 12.1 1 22 247 11.2 1
15 Brad Scovill 26 331 12.7 3 26 331 12.7 3
16 Ron LaPointe 5 90 18.0 1 5 90 18.0 1
17 Tracy Hall 5 78 15.6 0 5 78 15.6 0
18 Mike McCloskey 4 93 23.3 0 4 93 23.3 0
19 Scott Hettinger 4 79 19.8 1 4 79 19.8 1

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Rk Player Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
1 Giuseppe Harris 3 40 13.3 0
2 Steve Griffiths 2 2 1.0 0
3 Lance Mehl 2 0 0.0 0
4 Ron Walchack 2 2 1.0 0
5 Matt Bradley 1 4 4.0 0
6 Rick Donaldson 1 16 16.0 0
7 Ed Pryts 1 3 3.0 0
8 John Walsh 1 0 0.0 0
9 Tom Wise 1 30 30.0 1

Kick & Punt Returns

Kick Ret Punt Ret
Rk Player Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
1 Curt Warner 17 493 29.0 1
2 Terry Rakowsky 7 160 22.9 0 3 17 5.7 0
3 Mike Guman 3 57 19.0 0 14 102 7.3 0
4 Joel Coles 3 49 16.3 0
5 Jon Lebo 2 26 13.0 0
6 Tom Donovan 1 18 18.0 0
7 Matt Suhey 1 0 0.0 0 8 55 6.9 0
8 Scott Hettinger 2 17 8.5 0
9 Matt Millen 1 0 0.0 0

Kicking & Punting

Kicking Punting
Rk Player XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts Punts Yds Avg
1 Herb Menhardt 28 28 100.0 14 20 70.0 70
2 Ralph Giacomarro 71 2822 39.7