PSU season snapshot: 1966

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

Year: 1966

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 5-5

Final ranking: Not ranked

Regular-season wins: Maryland, Boston College, West Virginia, California, Pitt

Regular-season losses: Michigan State, Army, UCLA, Syracuse, Georgia Tech

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Bob Campbell rushed for 482 yards; Tom Sherman passed for 943 yards; Jack Curry caught 34 passes for 584 yards; Bob Capretto, Tim Montgomery, John Runnells and John Sladki each intercepted 3 passes

All-Americans: None

Neil Rudel’s take: Paterno won his debut at Maryland, 15-7, as Altoona’s Mike Reid was credited with three safeties, believed to be an NCAA record. Afterward, Paterno couldn’t find Maryland coach Lou Saban to shake hands. Saban called him later and said he made a quick exit because, “We were both so bad.” PSU roster was stocked with Blair and Cambria County flavor. Reid and John Ebersole were from Altoona, Mike Irwin (BG) captained the team and Sladki was a Johnstown native and later Paul Litwalk’s assistant basketball coach.


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