Michigan State–Penn State football rivalry

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Michigan State–Penn State football rivalry
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Michigan State Spartans Penn State Nittany Lions

Total meetings 28
Series record Penn State leads, 14–13–1
First meeting 1914
Last meeting 2010
Michigan State 28, Penn State 22
Largest win Michigan State, 49–14 (1997)
Longest win streak Michigan State, 5 (1949–66)
Current win streak Michigan State, 1 (2010-present)
Trophy Land Grant Trophy

The Michigan State–Penn State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Michigan State Spartans football team of Michigan State University and Penn State Nittany Lions football team of Pennsylvania State University. The Land Grant Trophy is presented to the winner of the game. The Spartans are the current holder of the trophy after beating the Nittany Lions 28–22 in 2010; the victory ensured that the Spartans won a share of the 2010 Big Ten Conference championship.[1]

Series history[edit]

When Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993, the Nittany Lions and Spartans were designated as permanent rivals, and met each other for the trophy in the last week of conference play. The trophy, designed by former Michigan State coach George Perles, features pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower. Currently, Penn State leads the series 14–13–1 but there are vacation of 9 Penn State wins as fallout from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, though only games since 1998 are counted.

With the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten in 2011, Michigan State and Penn State moved into different divisions and were no longer designated as rivals, meaning they no longer played each other annually. Instead, Indiana and Nebraska were designated as Michigan State and Penn State's permanent rivals, respectively. Under this setup, Penn State and Michigan State would compete on average four out of every ten years.[1]

In April 2013, the Big Ten announced the conference would realign into two geographically-based divisions and scrap the "Legends" and "Leaders" designations when Maryland and Rutgers join in 2014. Michigan State and Penn State are both in the Eastern division under the plan, and thus would resume a yearly series. It will, as before, be played on the final weekend of the regular season, the week before the Big Ten Championship Game.

Michigan State University followed by Penn State University are the nation's oldest land-grant universities, hence the name for the trophy. In 1955 on the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the land grant system, Michigan State and Penn State were commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the "First of the Land-Grant Colleges". These two universities were the first ever universities to be placed on a U.S. postage stamp.[citation needed]

They are the 4th and 5th most recently joined members of the Big Ten, after Nebraska, who joined in 2011, Maryland and Rutgers, who both joined in 2014. Fellow Big Ten members Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin are also land-grant schools.

Game results[edit]

Michigan State victories are colored ██ green. Penn State victories are colored ██ blue. Games declared No Contest because of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal are colored gray, whereas ties are colored white.

Year Penn State Michigan State Location Series
1914 Penn State 3 Michigan State 6 University Park MSU 1–0
1925 Penn State 13 Michigan State 6 University Park Tie 1–1
1945 Penn State 0 Michigan State 33 East Lansing MSU 2–1
1946 Penn State 16 Michigan State 19 University Park MSU 3–1
1948 Penn State 14 Michigan State 14 University Park MSU 3–1–1
1949 Penn State 0 Michigan State 24 East Lansing MSU 4–1–1
1951 Penn State 21 #3 Michigan State 32 University Park MSU 5–1–1
1952 Penn State 7 #1 Michigan State 34 East Lansing MSU 6–1–1
1965 Penn State 0 Michigan State 23 University Park MSU 7–1–1
1966 Penn State 8 #1 Michigan State 42 East Lansing MSU 8–1–1
1993 #14 Penn State 38 #25 Michigan State 37 East Lansing MSU 8–2–1
1994 #2 Penn State 59 Michigan State 31 University Park MSU 8–3–1
1995 #14 Penn State 25 Michigan State 20 East Lansing MSU 8–4–1
1996 #7 Penn State 32 Michigan State 29 University Park MSU 8–5–1
1997 #4 Penn State 14 Michigan State 49 East Lansing MSU 9–5–1
1998 #23 Penn State 57 Michigan State 28 University Park MSU 9–5–1
1999 #13 Penn State 28 #15 Michigan State 35 East Lansing MSU 10–5–1
2000 Penn State 42 Michigan State 23 University Park MSU 10–5–1
2001 Penn State 42 Michigan State 37 East Lansing MSU 10–5–1
2002 #16 Penn State 61 Michigan State 7 University Park MSU 10–5–1
2003 Penn State 10 Michigan State 41 East Lansing MSU 11–5–1
2004 Penn State 37 Michigan State 13 University Park MSU 11–5–1
2005 #5 Penn State 31 Michigan State 22 East Lansing MSU 11–5–1
2006 Penn State 17 Michigan State 13 University Park MSU 11–5–1
2007 Penn State 31 Michigan State 35 East Lansing MSU 12–5–1
2008 #8 Penn State 49 #15 Michigan State 18 University Park MSU 12–5–1
2009 #14 Penn State 42 Michigan State 14 East Lansing MSU 12–5–1
2010 Penn State 22 #10 Michigan State 28 University Park MSU 13–5–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oCHTbyx-hE

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