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PSU season snapshot: 1995

Bobby Engram

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

Year: 1995

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 9-3

Final ranking: AP No. 13, UPI No. 12, USA Today/CNN No. 12

Regular-season wins: Texas Tech, Temple, Rutgers, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State

Regular-season losses: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Northwestern

Bowl game: Beat Auburn, 43-14, in the Outback Bowl

Team stat leaders: Curtis Enis rushed for 683 yards; Wally Richardson passed for 2,198 yards and 18 TDs; Bobby Engram caught 63 passes for 1,084 yards and 11 TDs; Gerald Filardi had 112 tackles; Terry Killens had 11 sacks; Brian Miller intercepted 5 passes

All-American: OG Jeff Hartings

Neil Rudel’s take: A 3-0 start and 20-game win streak (second behind the 31-game unbeaten streak from 1967-70) came to a sudden halt when Wisconsin visited Beaver Stadium to open the Big Ten and won 17-9. The game followed the infamous ending to a 59-34 win over Rutgers at Giants Stadium when backup QB Mike McQueary threw an 80-yard bomb to Chris Campbell in the waning moments, causing Scarlet Knights coach Doug Graber to accuse Joe Paterno of running up the score. Paterno denied that, but it distracted him. The Lions eventually shook that off, along with losses to Ohio State and Big Ten champ Northwestern and finished strong, beating Michigan in the Snow Bowl when Northern Bedford’s Joe Nastasi ran in a fake field goal, coming back at MSU on a great two-minute drill engineered by Wally Richardson and Bobby Engram and crushing Auburn in a rainy Outback Bowl.

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