PSU season snapshot: 1992

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

Year: 1992

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 7-5

Final ranking: UPI No. 24, USA Today/CNN No. 24

Regular-season wins: Cincinnati, Temple, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Pitt

Regular-season losses: Miami (Fla.), Boston College, BYU, Notre Dame

Bowl game: Lost to Stanford, 24-3, in the Blockbuster Bowl

Team stat leaders: Richie Anderson rushed for 900 yards and 18 TDs; John Sacca passed for 1,118 yards; O.J. McDuffie caught 63 passes for 977 yards and 9 TDs; Phil Yeboah-Kodie had 63 tackles; Rich McKenzie 6 sacks; Derek Bochna intercepted 3 passes

All-American: WR O.J. McDuffie

Neil Rudel’s take: Because the Lions weren’t starting Big Ten play until 1993, they were locked out of the major bowl picture. Their response was to sign up for the Blockbuster Bowl before the season even started. A midseason matchup with No. 2 Miami would help decide the Lions’ fate, and it did after the 17-14 loss sent the Nits into a tailspin. They lost three of their next five (including at ND on a late two-point conversion pass to Jerome Bettis) and limped into the Blockbuster Bowl at 7-4. The game matched PSU with Stanford and billed it as the “genius vs. the legend,” Paterno vs. Bill Walsh. The Lions, though, didn’t get the memo and mailed in a lackluster 24-3 effort as the seniors, without much to play for following the loss to Miami, had emotionally punched out.


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