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1986 Penn State Nittany Lions

Head Coach: Joe Paterno (21st season)

Stadium: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Record: 12-0

Previous: 1985

Next: 1987

Schedule/Results

Date Opponent Result Score Record
9/6 Temple W 45-15 1-0
9/20 Boston College (1) W 26-14 2-0
9/27 East Carolina W 42-17 3-0
10/4 Rutgers W 31-6 4-0
10/11 Cincinnati W 23-17 5-0
10/18 Syracuse W 42-3 6-0
10/25 @ Alabama W 23-3 7-0
11/1 @ West Virginia W 19-0 8-0
11/8 Maryland W 17-15 9-0
11/15 @ Notre Dame W 24-19 10-0
11/22 Pittsburgh W 34-14 11-0
Fiesta Bowl (@ Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ)
1/2 (Fri) Miami (FL) W 14-10 12-0

Roster

Coaching staff

Game summaries

Temple

at Boston College

East Carolina

Rutgers

Cincinnati

Syracuse

at #2/#2 Alabama

at West Virginia

Maryland

at Notre Dame

Pittsburgh

Fiesta Bowl: #1/#1 Miami (FL)

Poll Progression

AP

Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 1/3
6 5 5 7 5 5 6 6 2 2 3 2 2 2 1

Coaches (UPI)

Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 1/3
5 5 6 6 5 4 5 5 3 2 3 2 2 2 1

Awards and honors

Media

Local Radio

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Studio host
WMAJ–AM 1450 (Games 1–4) Gil Santos
(Games 5–12) Lanny Frattare
John Grant
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