Penn State Nittany Lion Football Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Who ended his career with the 2006 season second to Curt Warner in Penn State career rushing yards?

    • A.

      Tony Hunt

    • B.

      Larry Johnson

    • C.

      Michael Robinson

    • D.

      Austin Scott

    Correct Answer
    A. Tony Hunt
    Explanation
    Tony Hunt ended his career with the 2006 season second to Curt Warner in Penn State career rushing yards.

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  • 2. 

    What team held Penn State to minus rushing yards in a 17-10 2006 win, a first under Joe Paterno?

    • A.

      Michigan Wolverines

    • B.

      Wisconsin Badgers

    • C.

      Purdue Boilermakers

    • D.

      Iowa Hawkeyes

    Correct Answer
    A. Michigan Wolverines
    Explanation
    In the 2006 game, Penn State was held to minus rushing yards by the Michigan Wolverines. This was a significant achievement as it was the first time under Joe Paterno's coaching tenure that Penn State had such a low rushing yardage in a game. The Michigan Wolverines' defense must have been exceptionally strong and effective in stopping Penn State's rushing attempts, leading to this historic outcome.

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  • 3. 

    What Penn State defensive end began the 2008 season as a backup and ended it as an All-American?

    • A.

      Aaron Maybin

    • B.

      Eric Latimore

    • C.

      Josh Gaines

    • D.

      Tom Golarz

    Correct Answer
    A. Aaron Maybin
    Explanation
    Aaron Maybin began the 2008 season as a backup but ended it as an All-American. This suggests that throughout the season, Maybin's performance and skills improved significantly, leading to him being recognized as one of the top defensive ends in the country. His consistent performance and impact on the field likely caught the attention of coaches, media, and experts, resulting in him receiving the prestigious All-American honor.

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  • 4. 

    In 2008, what senior MVP became the third Nittany Lion to return two kickoffs for TDs in a season?

    • A.

      Lydell Sargeant

    • B.

      Chaz Powell

    • C.

      Anthony Scirrotto

    • D.

      Derrick Williams

    Correct Answer
    D. Derrick Williams
    Explanation
    Derrick Williams is the correct answer because he was a senior MVP in 2008 and became the third Nittany Lion to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a season.

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  • 5. 

    Who rushed for over 1000 yards in 2008, the fourth consecutive year a Nittany Lion had done so?

    • A.

      Rodney Kinlaw

    • B.

      Dan Lawlor

    • C.

      Stephfon Green

    • D.

      Evan Royster

    Correct Answer
    D. Evan Royster
    Explanation
    Evan Royster rushed for over 1000 yards in 2008, making it the fourth consecutive year that a Nittany Lion had achieved this feat.

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  • 6. 

    Who beat Penn State 38-24 in the Jan. 1, 2009 Rose Bowl after building a 31-7 halftime lead?

    • A.

      Texas Longhorns

    • B.

      USC Trojans

    • C.

      UCLA Bruins

    • D.

      Oklahoma Sooners

    Correct Answer
    B. USC Trojans
    Explanation
    In the Jan. 1, 2009 Rose Bowl, the USC Trojans beat Penn State 38-24. They were able to secure a victory after building a significant lead of 31-7 at halftime.

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  • 7. 

    What running back from Penn State won the Heisman Trophy in 1973?

    • A.

      Larry Kelley

    • B.

      Mike Garrett

    • C.

      John Cappelletti

    • D.

      Davey O'Brien

    Correct Answer
    C. John Cappelletti
    Explanation
    John Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy in 1973. He was a running back from Penn State. This award is given annually to the most outstanding player in college football, and Cappelletti's exceptional performance during that year earned him this prestigious honor.

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  • 8. 

    Who is the Penn State football player who won the Maxwell Award in 1994?

    • A.

      Drew Brees

    • B.

      Derrick Johnson

    • C.

      Kerry Collins

    • D.

      Charlie Ward

    Correct Answer
    C. Kerry Collins
    Explanation
    Kerry Collins is the correct answer because he won the Maxwell Award in 1994. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the best college football player in the United States, and Collins was recognized for his exceptional performance that year. He played as a quarterback for Penn State University and had a standout season, leading his team to an undefeated record and a Big Ten Conference championship. Collins went on to have a successful career in the NFL, but his achievements in college football, including winning the Maxwell Award in 1994, solidified his place in the sport's history.

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  • 9. 

    In 2005, Penn State's Joe Paterno became the first multiple winner of which award?

    • A.

      Bobby Dodd Award

    • B.

      Paul "Bear" Bryant Award

    • C.

      Walter Camp Award

    • D.

      Amos Alonzo Stagg Award

    Correct Answer
    A. Bobby Dodd Award
    Explanation
    In 2005, Joe Paterno from Penn State became the first multiple winner of the Bobby Dodd Award. This award is given annually to the Division I college football coach who embodies the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship, and integrity both on and off the field. Paterno's achievements and contributions to the sport made him a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

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  • 10. 

    Penn State lost to which Pac-10 power 29-5 in the 2000 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium?

    • A.

      UCLA Bruins

    • B.

      Washington Huskies

    • C.

      USC Trojans

    • D.

      Oregon Ducks

    Correct Answer
    C. USC Trojans
    Explanation
    In the 2000 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium, Penn State lost to the USC Trojans with a score of 29-5.

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  • 11. 

    Penn State was 4-4 in the Big Ten in 2000 and had what overall record?

    • A.

      7-May

    • B.

      6-Jul

    • C.

      4-Aug

    • D.

      8-Apr

    Correct Answer
    A. 7-May
    Explanation
    In the question, it is stated that Penn State had a 4-4 record in the Big Ten in 2000. This means that they won four games and lost four games in the Big Ten conference. Since the Big Ten conference is a part of the overall record, the overall record must include these eight games. Therefore, the correct answer is 7-May, indicating that Penn State had seven wins and five losses in their overall record in 2000.

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  • 12. 

    Which Penn State cornerback bravely recovered from a severe spinal injury in the 2000 season?

    • A.

      Ben Lago

    • B.

      Adam Taliaferro

    • C.

      Sam Crenshaw

    • D.

      Tom Humphrey

    Correct Answer
    B. Adam Taliaferro
    Explanation
    Adam Taliaferro is the correct answer because he is the Penn State cornerback who bravely recovered from a severe spinal injury in the 2000 season.

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  • 13. 

    Which senior was the starting quarterback for Penn State in 2000?

    • A.

      Rashard Casey

    • B.

      Kevin Thompson

    • C.

      Matt Senneca

    • D.

      Mike McQueary

    Correct Answer
    A. Rashard Casey
    Explanation
    Rashard Casey was the starting quarterback for Penn State in 2000.

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  • 14. 

    Which Nittany Lion was team MVP in 2000 and a Nagurski Top College Defensive Player Award candidate?

    • A.

      Gus Felder

    • B.

      Jimmy Kennedy

    • C.

      Justin Kurpeikis

    • D.

      Brad Scioli

    Correct Answer
    C. Justin Kurpeikis
    Explanation
    Justin Kurpeikis was the team MVP in 2000 and a candidate for the Nagurski Top College Defensive Player Award.

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  • 15. 

    What percent of Division I-A coaches voted for Joe Paterno as Best College Coach in a 2000 poll?

    • A.

      12%

    • B.

      23%

    • C.

      54%

    • D.

      36%

    Correct Answer
    B. 23%
    Explanation
    In a 2000 poll, 23% of Division I-A coaches voted for Joe Paterno as the Best College Coach.

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