PSU season snapshot

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

Year: 1974

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 10-2

Final ranking: AP No. 7, UPI No. 7

Regular-season wins: Stanford, Iowa, Army, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pitt

Regular-season losses: Navy, N.C. State

Bowl game: Beat Baylor, 41-20, in the Cotton Bowl

Team stat leaders: Tom Donchez rushed for 880 yards; Tom Shuman passed for 1,355 yards and 12 TDs; Jerry Jeram caught 17 passes for 259 yards; Greg Buttle had 165 tackles; Buttle and Jeff Hite each had 3 interceptions

All-Americans: OT John Nessel, DE Mike Hartenstine

Neil Rudel’s take: The 10-2 season included losses in two particularly interesting coaching matchups — 7-6 against former Lion aide George Welsh-led Navy at Beaver Stadium when torrential rain and wind blew out the lights in the scoreboard and 12-7 at North Carolina State, coached by none other than Lou Holtz. Bishop McCort’s Jim Bradley, the first of three Bradley brothers to play for PSU (and now the Steelers’ team doctor), captained the team. With freshmen in play, Randy Sidler became the first to start (at tight end; he later moved to defense) since 1951 and Jimmy Cefalo was unveiled. A win over Ohio U. was notable because it was the school’s 500th. Off the field, Penn State pulled out of the ECAC over a financial dispute.


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