PSU season snapshot: 1948

A daily series featuring each Penn State football season from 1947-2019:

Year: 1948

Coach: Bob Higgins

Final record: 7-1-1

Final ranking: AP No. 18

Regular-season wins: Bucknell, Syracuse, West Virginia, Colgate, Penn, Temple, Washington State

Regular-season losses: Pitt

Regular-season ties: Michigan State

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Fran Rogel rushed for 602 yards; Elwood Petchel passed for 628 yards and also intercepted 4 passes; Sam Tamburo caught 17 passes for 301 yards

All-American: End Sam Tamburo

Neil Rudel’s take: A few firsts: The team took its first plane trip (to Washington State) and played in front of its biggest crowd at home (24,579 vs. Michigan State, 14-14 tie) and overall (71,180 vs. Penn at Franklin Field, 13-0 win). Of the Lions’ nine games, only the opener against Bucknell was not against a ranked opponent. Still, with only five bowl games (Rose, Cotton, Orange, Sugar, Gator), PSU was shut out of the bowl picture.


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