PSU season snapshot: 1967

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

Year: 1967

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 8-2-1

Final ranking: AP No. 10

Regular-season wins: Miami (Fla.), Boston College, West Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland, N.C. State, Ohio, Pitt

Regular-season losses: Navy, UCLA

Bowl game: Tied Florida State, 17-17, in the Gator Bowl

Team stat leaders: Charlie Pittman rushed for 580 yards; Tom Sherman passed for 1,616 yards and 13 TDs; Jack Curry caught 41 passes for 681 yards; Dennis Onkotz and Tim Montgomery each intercepted 6 passes

All-American: TE Ted Kwalick

Neil Rudel’s take: Paterno began to put his imprint on the program. After losing the opener at Navy, making him 5-6 as a head coach, he did some soul-searching and decided to make wholesale changes. He inserted a half-dozen sophomores into the defensive lineup for a program-launching 17-8 win at Miami. The Nits lost the next week, at No. 3 UCLA, and then not again for 31 straight games. They did tie Florida State in the Gator Bowl, 17-7, after Paterno, up 17-0, went for a fourth-and-short from deep in the Nits’ own territory, and it backfired.


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