PSU season snapshot: 1956

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

Coach: Rip Engle

Final record: 6-2-1

Final ranking: Not ranked

Regular-season wins: Penn, Holy Cross, Ohio State, West Virginia, Boston, N.C. State

Regular-season losses: Army, Syracuse

Regular-season ties: Pitt

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Billy Kane rushed for 544 yards and caught 16 passes for 232 yards; Milt Plum passed for 675 yards and also intercepted 7 passes

All-American: OG Sam Valentine

Neil Rudel’s take: Especially considering how difficult it’s been for Penn State to win in Columbus since joining the Big Ten, Rip Engle had excellent success against Ohio State — going 3-0 against the Buckeyes, with the games all in Columbus — and it started with a 7-6 win behind great defense and Milt Plum’s extra point providing the margin of difference. The Ohio Stadium crowd of 82,584 marked the largest to see a Penn State team. The Lions finished 6-2-1 with losses at Army and Syracuse and a tie at Pitt but broke their three-game losing streak to WVU.


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