Penn State Nittany Lions

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Penn State Nittany Lions
First season 2013
Head coach grv413
1st year, 5–0 (1.000)
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
Year built 1959
Stadium capacity 106,572
Stadium surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Location University Park, PA
League NCAA
Conference Big Ten
All-time record 65–15 (.813)
Postseason bowl record 5–4 (.556)
Playoff appearances 3
Claimed national titles 0
National Finalist 1
Conference titles 1
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 9

Blue and White

Fight song Fight On, State
Mascot Nittany Lion
Rivals Ohio State

The Penn State Nittany Lions, coached by Soluna, are a collegiate football team playing in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions play in Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA and are a member of the East Division of the Big Ten Conference.


Soluna years (2013-2018)

2013 Season

The 2013 season was the first in which the Penn State Nittany Lions played. The Nittany Lions finished the season 10-2 overall and 5-2 in conference with losses coming to the Michigan and Nebraska. The Nittany Lions qualified for the CFBHC Playoffs in which the team was once again bested by the top seeded Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl

2014 Season

The 2014 season was expected to be a moderate fall off after the graduation of several key seniors from the previous years. The Nittany Lions finished the season 9-3 overall and 4-3 in conference with losses coming to newly joined Rutgers, Ohio State, and Michigan State. The Nittany Lions went on to lose the Bourbon Bowl to Oklahoma.

2015 Season

Prior to the 2016 season, the Penn State Nittany Lions were seen as being in contention, if not the favorite, for the National Championship. After a significant portion of the initial Penn State starters graduated, this season saw the transition to a new starting quarterback in Todd Jennings and a new starting running back in Pete Choboian. The Nittany Lions finished the season 15-1 overall and 8-0 in conference, winning the conference championship versus Iowa. The Nittany Lions would go on to lose the 2015 CFBHC National Championship Game to Oklahoma. However, Todd Jennings became the first Nittany Lions to win the Heisman Trophy

2016 Season

As before with 2016, the Nittany Lions were seen as favorites for the title after returning nearly all their starters. Fresh off of his Heisman win, Todd Jennings guided the Nittany Lions to a 12-0 regular season record (7-0 in conference) before losing in the Big Ten Championship game to Iowa. The team finished the season 12-1 overall and 7-1 in conference. They would play in the playoffs for the second year in a row with wins coming versus UCF and Iowa in the Medal of Honor Bowl and Sugar Bowl before suffering a defeat in the semifinals versus Washington in the Cotton Bowl.

2017 Season

To be added.

2018 Season

To be added.

Notable seasons

Perfect seasons

Penn State has had two undefeated, untied regular season in its history since entering CFBHC:


Conference championships

Penn State won its first conference championship in 2015.

Player history


Players Years Record Att Comp Yards Pct TD INT Notes Current
Derek Keys 2013-2014 19-7 350 570 3830 61% 29 7 First Playoff Appearance NFLHC, Cleveland Browns
Todd Jennings 2013-2017 37-7 791 1132 70% 10,939 93 17 Heisman Trophy NFLHC, Denver Broncos
Tanner Bowman 2017-Present 4-1

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses
Penn State Nittany Lions
Soluna 2013 Big Ten 10 3 Lost Rose Bowl vs Michigan, 10-20
2014 Big Ten 9 4 Lost Bourbon Bowl vs Oklahoma, 14-34 22
2015 Big Ten 15 1 Won Orange Bowl vs USC, 31-29
Won Fiesta Bowl vs Georgia, 30-14
Lost CFBHC National Championship Game vs Oklahoma, 40-43
2016 Big Ten 14 2 Won Medal of Honor Bowl vs UCF, 38-10
Won Sugar Bowl vs Iowa, 24-17
Lost Cotton Bowl vs Washington, 10-13
2017 Big Ten 8 4 Won Peony Bowl vs Kentucky, 17-13 23
2018 Big Ten 7 5
grv413 2019 Big Ten 5 0
Total 63 19
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

Bowl History

Penn State earned a spot in the 2013 CFBHC Playoffs and lost to rival Michigan in the 2013 Rose Bow. The Nittany Lions have compiled a 0-1 record in Bowl Games.

By year

Season Bowl Coach Opponent Result
2013 Rose Bowl Soluna Michigan L 10-20
2014 Bourbon Bowl Soluna Oklahoma L 14-34
2015 Orange Bowl Soluna USC W 31-29
2015 Fiesta Bowl Soluna Georgia W 30-14
2015 2015 CFBHC National Championship Game Soluna Oklahoma L 40-43
2016 Medal of Honor Bowl Soluna UCF W 38-10
2016 Sugar Bowl Soluna Iowa W 24-17
2016 Cotton Bowl Soluna Washington W 10-13
2017 Peony Bowl Soluna Kentucky W 17-13
2013-2017 Games: 9 Wins: 5 Losses: 4

By game

Bowl # Appearances Record
Rose Bowl 1 2013 0–1
Bourbon Bowl 1 2014 0–1
Orange Bowl 1 2015 1–0
Fiesta Bowl 1 2015 1–0
National Championship Game 1 2015 0–1
Medal of Honor Bowl 1 2016 1–0
Sugar Bowl 1 2016 1–0
Cotton Bowl 1 2016 0-1
Peony Bowl 1 2017 1–0

Individual Award Winners


Todd Jennings2015 CFBHC Season
Kevin Siemon2015 CFBHC Season
Matt Fisk - 2017 CFBHC Season

External Links

Depth Chart