PSU snapshot: 1993

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

Year: 1993

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 10-2

Final ranking: AP No. 8, UPI No. 7, USA Today/CNN No. 7

Regular-season wins: Minnesota, USC, Iowa, Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan State

Regular-season losses: Michigan, Ohio State

Bowl game: Beat Tennessee, 31-13, in the Citrus Bowl

Team stat leaders: Ki-Jana Carter rushed for 1,026 yards; Kerry Collins passed for 1,605 yards and 13 TDs; Bobby Engram caught 48 passes for 873 yards and 13 TDs; Brian Gelzheiser had 113 tackles; Tyoka Jackson had 8 sacks; Tony Pittman intercepted 5 passes

All-American: DT Lou Benfatti

Neil Rudel’s take: In its first season in the Big Ten, Penn State got a dose of the league’s kingpins — the Lions were penalized for excessive crowd noise at Beaver Stadium in a loss to Michigan and then were manhandled at Ohio State. Otherwise, they bookended the season with impressive offensive showings, crushing Minnesota in the Big Ten opener with Bobby Engram scoring three touchdowns and finishing with a 31-13 smackdown of Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl, which whet the appetite for 1994. The season also featured a Kerry Collins-led 38-37 comeback win at Michigan State, in which the Lions trailed 37-14. Off the field, Jim Tarman retired as athletic director and was replaced by Tim Curley.


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