PSU season snapshot: 1954

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

Year: 1954

Coach: Rip Engle

Final record: 7-2

Final ranking: AP No. 20, UPI No. 16

Regular-season wins: Illinois, Syracuse, Virginia, Penn, Holy Cross, Rutgers, Pitt

Regular-season losses: West Virginia, TCU

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Lenny Moore rushed for 1,082 yards and 11 TDs and also intercepted 6 passes; Don Bailey passed for 393 yards; Jack Sherry caught 11 passes for 160 yards

All-Americans: None

Neil Rudel’s take: Moore’s 1,082 yards rushing — with a per-carry average of 8.0 — marked the Lions’ first 1,000-yard rusher as the Nits ascended to the Top 10 for the first time under Engle and their highest ranking since 1948. Ranked No. 9, they fell out of the Top 10 with consecutive losses to West Virginia and TCU as Moore, Jesse Arnelle and Rosey Grier became the first African-Americans to play at TCU. The Lions’ win at Penn was their first-ever game on national TV.


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