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1981 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule and Results

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Record: 10-2, .833 W-L% (8th of 137) ▪ Rank: 3rd in Final AP Poll
Conference: Ind (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Joe Paterno (10-2)

PS/G: 30.9 (10th of 137) ▪ PA/G: 13.5 (20th of 137)
SRS: 25.02 (1st of 137) ▪ SOS: 11.86 (1st of 137)

Bowl Game: Won Fiesta Bowl 26-10 versus Southern California

AP Poll Summary

Pre 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
7 9 5 3 2 2 2 1 1 6 5 13 11 7 3

12 Games

G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp W L T Streak Notes
1 Sep 12, 1981 Sat (9) Penn State Cincinnati Ind W 52 0 1 0 0 W 1
2 Sep 26, 1981 Sat (3) Penn State @ (15) Nebraska Big 8 W 30 24 2 0 0 W 2
3 Oct 3, 1981 Sat (2) Penn State Temple Ind W 30 0 3 0 0 W 3
4 Oct 10, 1981 Sat (2) Penn State Boston College Ind W 38 7 4 0 0 W 4
5 Oct 17, 1981 Sat (2) Penn State @ Syracuse Ind W 41 16 5 0 0 W 5
6 Oct 24, 1981 Sat (1) Penn State West Virginia Ind W 30 7 6 0 0 W 6
7 Oct 31, 1981 Sat (1) Penn State @ Miami (FL) Ind L 14 17 6 1 0 L 1
8 Nov 7, 1981 Sat (6) Penn State @ North Carolina State ACC W 22 15 7 1 0 W 1
9 Nov 14, 1981 Sat (5) Penn State (6) Alabama SEC L 16 31 7 2 0 L 1
10 Nov 21, 1981 Sat (13) Penn State Notre Dame Ind W 24 21 8 2 0 W 1
11 Nov 28, 1981 Sat (11) Penn State @ (1) Pittsburgh Ind W 48 14 9 2 0 W 2
12 Jan 1, 1982 Fri (7) Penn State N (8) Southern California Pac-10 W 26 10 10 2 0 W 3 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)