PSU Snapshot: 2011


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

Year: 2011

Coach: Joe Paterno (9 games) and Tom Bradley (4 games)

Final record: 9-4

Final ranking: Not ranked

Regular-season wins: Indiana State, Temple, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio State

Regular-season losses: Alabama, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Bowl game: Lost to Houston, 30-14, in the TicketCity Bowl

Team stat leaders: Silas Redd rushed for 1,241 yards; Matt McGloin passed for 1,571 yards; Derek Moye caught 40 passes for 654 yards; Chaz Powell averaged 27.1 yards per kickoff return; Anthony Fera made 14 of 17 field goal attempts; Gerald Hodges had 106 tackles; Jack Crawford had 6.5 sacks

All-American: DT Devon Still

Neil Rudel’s take: Do we have to? This is the season it all fell apart in the most heart-wrenching way with the controversial dismissal of Joe Paterno, which rocked the Nittany Nation. It was triggered by the arrest of ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for alleged sexual abuse of young boys, and the arrests of administrators Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley for not acting decisively enough on what they knew. Sandusky was found guilty and received a 30-year prison term. The admins were dismissed and served much lesser sentences. Happy Valley would never be the same. On the field, the Lions started 8-1, with a lone loss to Alabama. A 10-7 win over Illinois, sealed when an Illini FG doinked off the goal post, was Paterno’s 409th, moving him past Eddie Robinson for most wins in NCAA history, and his last. Three days after Paterno’s firing, the Lions lost an emotional game with Nebraska, 17-14, as players from both teams gathered at midfield prior for reflection and a prayer for victims of child abuse. Tom Bradley served as interim head coach and the Lions lost three of their last four, including a 30-14 loss to Houston in the Ticket City Bowl, an invite they should have turned down.


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