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1996 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule and Results

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Record: 11-2, .846 W-L% (6th of 111) ▪ Rank: 7th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Joe Paterno (11-2)

PS/G: 30.8 (26th of 111) ▪ PA/G: 15.6 (10th of 111)
SRS: 16.97 (9th of 111) ▪ SOS: 4.43 (26th of 111)

Bowl Game: Won Fiesta Bowl 38-15 versus Texas

AP Poll Summary

Pre 8/26 9/2 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 12/9 Final
11 7 7 6 5 3 4 10 10 17 15 14 11 7 8 8 7 7

13 Games

G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp W L Streak Notes
1 Aug 25, 1996 Sun (11) Penn State N (7) Southern California Pac-10 W 24 7 1 0 W 1 Kick-off Classic (East Rutherford, NJ)
2 Sep 7, 1996 Sat (7) Penn State Louisville CUSA W 24 7 2 0 W 2
3 Sep 14, 1996 Sat (6) Penn State Northern Illinois Ind W 49 0 3 0 W 3
4 Sep 21, 1996 Sat (5) Penn State N Temple Big East W 41 0 4 0 W 4 East Rutherford, NJ
5 Sep 28, 1996 Sat (3) Penn State @ Wisconsin Big Ten W 23 20 5 0 W 5
6 Oct 5, 1996 Sat (4) Penn State @ (3) Ohio State Big Ten L 7 38 5 1 L 1
7 Oct 12, 1996 Sat (10) Penn State Purdue Big Ten W 31 14 6 1 W 1
8 Oct 19, 1996 Sat (10) Penn State Iowa Big Ten L 20 21 6 2 L 1
9 Oct 26, 1996 Sat (17) Penn State @ Indiana Big Ten W 48 26 7 2 W 1
10 Nov 2, 1996 Sat (15) Penn State (11) Northwestern Big Ten W 34 9 8 2 W 2
11 Nov 16, 1996 Sat (11) Penn State @ (16) Michigan Big Ten W 29 17 9 2 W 3
12 Nov 23, 1996 Sat (7) Penn State Michigan State Big Ten W 32 29 10 2 W 4
13 Jan 1, 1997 Wed (7) Penn State N (20) Texas Big 12 W 38 15 11 2 W 5 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)