The 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Penn State winning the national championship. Coached by Joe Paterno, they defeated Miami (Fl) 14–10 in the Fiesta Bowl. This Fiesta Bowl was the first in the game’s history to decide the national championship, launching it into the top tier of bowls. Miami came into game #1 and Penn State #2. ...
In the first game of the season against Akron, Barkley had 14 rushes for 172 yards, two touchdowns, and a long run of 80 yards. He also recorded 54 receiving yards on two catches. For his efforts, Barkley was named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. In the 2017 Big Ten opener, the Nittany Lions visited the Iowa Hawkeyes. ...
History of the Nittany Lions
The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions. The school colors are navy blue and white. The school mascot is the Nittany Lion. The intercollegiate athletics logo was commissioned in 1983.
Penn State participates as a member institution of the Big Ten Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level for most sports. Penn State is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. Two sports participate in different conferences because they are not sponsored by the Big Ten: men's volleyball in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) and women's ice hockey in College Hockey America (CHA). The fencing teams operate as independents.
College Sports Established
State College, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1907 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1991 – Present / Big 10 Conference
1976 – 1979, 1982 - 1991 / Atlantic 10 Conference
1892 - 1975 / Independent
1891 / Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association
1887 - 1890 / Independent
Nittany Lions - In 1904, Penn State baseball player Joe Mason came up with the moniker. At the time, Penn State didn’t have a mascot, so when Princeton players gibed the Penn State team over how their Bengal tiger mascot was the coolest, Mason retorted that Penn State had the Nittany Lions, “the fiercest beast of them all.”
The name came from their locations: Penn State is situated in the Nittany Valley near Nittany Mountain, and the lions he was referring to were mountain lions that once roamed the region.
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