Penn State 16

January 1, 1974 – Orange Bowl Stadium
Penn State Remains Unbeaten
Undefeated Penn State moved its record to 12-0 on the season as it took advantage of consistently poor LSU field position to win 16-9.
LSU out-gained the Nittany Lions 274 yards to 185 and held Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti to 50 yards. Cappelletti did score the Nittany Lions’ final touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the second quarter, but the game’s big play was a spectacular 72-yard touchdown catch by Chuck Herd off a pass from Tom Shuman early in the second quarter.
LSU scored first on a three-yard run by Steve Rogers, and Penn State retaliated with a 44-yard field goal by Chris Bahr to make it 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Herd’s catch and Cappelletti’s plunge put PSU ahead 16-7 at the half.
Although Penn State finished undefeated, the polls still had the Nittany Lions ranked fifth.

First Downs 9 18
Rushing Attempts 43 57
Rushing Yards 28 205
Passes Attempted 17 20
Passes Completed 6 8
Had Intercepted 1 1
Passing Yards 157 69
Total Offense 185 274
Punts/Avg. 7/34.7 8/46.8
Fumbles/Lost  1/0 3/1
Penalties/Yards 3/37 3/30


Penn State 3 13 0 0 - 16
LSU 7 0 2 0 - 9

LSU: Rogers 3-yard run (Jackson kick); PSU: C.Bahr 44-yard FG; PSU: Herd 72-yard pass from Shuman (C.Bahr kick); PSU: Cappelletti 1-yard run (kick failed); LSU: Team safety MOP: Tom Shuman (Penn State), Randy Crowder (Penn State)
Penn State Head Coach: Joe Paterno
LSU Head Coach: Charlie McClendon



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