PSU Snapshot 1970

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

Year: 1970

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 7-3

Final ranking: AP No. 18, UPI No. 19

Regular-season wins: Navy, Boston College, Army, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pitt

Regular-season losses: Colorado, Wisconsin, Syracuse

Bowl game: None

Team stat leaders: Lydell Mitchell rushed for 751 yards; Mike Cooper passed for 429 yards; Greg Edmonds caught 38 passes for 506 yards; Gary Gray had 96 tackles; Mike Smith had 5 interceptions

All-American: Jack Ham

Neil Rudel’s take: After crushing Navy to open season, the 31-game unbeaten streak came crashing down with consecutive road drubbings at Colorado (41-13) and Wisconsin (29-16). Paterno dealt with his first quarterback controversy, benching Mike Cooper of Harrisburg, the Lions’ first Black QB to start at PSU, in favor of sophomore John Hufnagel. An option threat, Huffy sparked five straight wins with an improving run game, and the Nits finished 7-3. This is first season for delayed TV broadcasts with former Altoona broadcaster Dick Richards providing play-by-play.


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