PSU season snapshot: 1955

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

Year: 1955

Coach: Rip Engle

Final ranking: Not ranked

Regular-season wins: Boston, Virginia, Penn, Syracuse, Rutgers

Regular-season losses: Army, Navy, WVU, Pitt

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Lenny Moore rushed for 697 yards; Bobby Hoffman passed for 355 yards; Billy Kane caught 9 passes for 184 yards; Sam Valentine and Milt Plum each picked off two passes.

All-Americans: None

Neil Rudel’s take: Otto Kneidinger from Bellwood-Antis, who transferred from Pitt, captained the squad along with Frank Reich, whose son is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The team only finished 5-4 with smackdowns by Army and Navy, a loss to West Virginia and a shutout at Pitt. The season’s highlight is a 21-20 come-from-behind win over No. 18 Syracuse, a matchup that featured Moore (146 yards) and the great Jim Brown (159 yards). The dateline for the games is now University Park after an on-campus post office opens.


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