1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Recently, some commentators have opined that perhaps this team should have earned a share of the 1994 national championship.

American college football season
1994Penn State Nittany Lions football
National champion (DeVold, Eck, Matthews, NYT)
Co-national champion (FACT, NCF, Sagarin)
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, W 38–20 vs. Oregon
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1994 record 12–0 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 93,967)
Seasons
 1993
1995 

1994 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State $ 8 0 0 12 0 0
No. 14 Ohio State 6 2 0 9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1 8 3 1
No. 12 Michigan 5 3 0 8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0 7 5 0
Purdue 3 3 2 5 4 2
Iowa 3 4 1 5 5 1
Indiana 3 5 0 6 5 0
Northwestern 3 5 0 4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0 3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0 0 11 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • † Michigan State forfeited 5 wins, 4 conference wins

Rankings from AP Poll

The team was selected national champion by DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Matthews Grid Ratings, and The New York Times, while named co-champion by Rothman (FACT), National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings.[2]

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Date Time Opponent Rank Site Result Attendance
September 3 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 9 W 56–3 51,134
September 10 3:30 p.m. No. 14 USC* No. 8 W 38–14 96,463
September 17 12:00 p.m. Iowa No. 6
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 61–21 95,834
September 24 12:00 p.m. Rutgers* No. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 55–27 95,379
October 1 4:00 p.m. at Temple* No. 4 W 48–21 38,140
October 15 3:30 p.m. at No. 5 Michigan No. 3 W 31–24 106,382
October 29 3:30 p.m. No. 21 Ohio State No. 1
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 63–14 97,079
November 5 12:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 2 W 35–29 47,754
November 12 3:30 p.m. at Illinois No. 2 W 35–31 72,364
November 19 1:00 p.m. Northwestern No. 2
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 45–17 96,383
November 26 4:00 p.m. Michigan State No. 2
W 59–31 96,493

January 2, 1995

4:30 p.m. vs. No. 12 Oregon No. 2 W 38–20 102,247
  • *Non-conference game
  • Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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