Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry

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Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry
MinnesotaGoldenGophers.png Penn State Nittany Lions.svg
Minnesota Golden Gophers Penn State Nittany Lions

Total meetings 13
Series record Penn State leads, 8–5
First meeting 1993
Last meeting 2013
Next meeting October 1, 2016
Largest win Penn State, 56–3 (1994)
Longest win streak Minnesota, 4 (1999–2004) Penn State, 4 (1993–1998, 2005–2010)
Current win streak Minnesota, 1 (2013–Present)
Trophy Governor's Victory Bell

The Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions. The Governor's Victory Bell is awarded to the winner of the game.


The Governor's Victory Bell was first presented in 1993 to commemorate Penn State's entry into the Big Ten Conference, with their first league game coming against the Golden Gophers. Penn State won the trophy during the first four matchups, Minnesota the next four. In 2005, the Nittany Lions regained the trophy after beating the Golden Gophers, and have won the next two contests, retaining the trophy. In 2008, Penn State recorded the first shutout of the series when they beat Minnesota 20–0; the previous low score for each team was 3 for Minnesota in 1994 and 7 for Penn State in 2004.

In 2010, after the University of Nebraska joined the Big Ten as its 12th member, the conference was split into two divisions. Penn State and Minnesota were placed in different divisions[1] and thus, beginning in 2011, the rivalry will only be held four times every ten years. In 2014, the University of Maryland and Rutgers University will join the Big Ten. Due to the future changes in the Big Ten's scheduling procedures,[2] the rivalry will be held approximately two times every seven years starting in 2014; this will change to three times every seven years when the Big Ten adds another conference game effective 2016.

Penn State leads the series 8–5 after vacated wins following the Penn State child sex abuse scandal were restored by the NCAA in January 2015.

Game results[edit]

Minnesota victories Penn State victories Tie games
# Date Location Winning team Losing team Series
1 1993 University Park #17 Penn State 38 Minnesota 20 Penn State 1–0
2 1994 Minneapolis #9 Penn State 56 Minnesota 3 Penn State 2–0
3 1997 University Park #1 Penn State 16 Minnesota 15 Penn State 3–0
4 1998 Minneapolis #13 Penn State 27 Minnesota 17 Penn State 4–0
5 1999 University Park Minnesota 24 #2 Penn State 23 Penn State 4–1
6 2000 Minneapolis Minnesota 25 Penn State 16 Penn State 4–2
7 2003 University Park #20 Minnesota 20 Penn State 14 Penn State 4–3
8 2004 Minneapolis #19 Minnesota 16 Penn State 7 Tied 4–4
9 2005 University Park Penn State 44 #19 Minnesota 14 Penn State 5–4
10 2006 Minneapolis Penn State 28 Minnesota 27 Penn State 6–4
11 2009 University Park #14 Penn State 20 Minnesota 0 Penn State 7–4
12 2010 Minneapolis Penn State 33 Minnesota 21 Penn State 8–4
13 2013 Minneapolis Minnesota 24 Penn State 10 Penn State 8–5