Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry
|Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry|
|First Meeting||October 15, 1904|
|Last Meeting||October 24, 1992|
|Next Meeting||September 2, 2023|
|Number of Meetings||59|
|All-Time Series||Penn State leads, 48–9–2|
The Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Penn State Nittany Lions football team of Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia Mountaineers football team of West Virginia University. Penn State leads the series 48–9–2.
In 1904, the Mountaineers traveled to University Park to face the Penn State Nittany Lions for the first time. The Nittany Lions won the game, 34–0. West Virginia traveled to University Park for 1905, 1906, 1908, and 1909 matchups against Penn State; all losses. In 1923, after a 13-year hiatus, the two schools met again at Yankee Stadium in New York City. The result was a 13–13 tie.
In 1925, the first game of the rivalry was played at Old Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. The game was also West Virginia's first victory of the rivalry, 14–0. Six years later, 1931, the next game of the series was again played at Morgantown, resulting in another Mountaineer victory. Nine years later, 1940, the next game was played at Penn State, a Nittany Lion victory. In 1941, the Lions won again 7–0.
In 1942, the Mountaineers won at home 24–0. The Lions won the next year 32–7, but the Mountaineers upended them at home in 1944, 28–27. The next four matchups, up to 1950, were all Penn State victories.
In 1951 and 1952, Penn State beat the Mountaineers at home and at Old Mountaineer Field, respectively. In 1953 and 1954, the Mountaineers upset the Nittany Lions at "New Beaver Field", the Nittany Lions' home since 1909, 20–19 and 19–14. In 1955 the Mountaineers won at home 21–7. The Nittany Lions ended West Virginia's three-game streak in 1956 with a 16–6 victory at home. They won 27–6 the next year, then there was a 14–14 tie in 1958 at Old Mountaineer Field.
From 1959 to 1983, Penn State posted a 25-game win streak. Penn State had consecutive victories over some of West Virginia's greatest quarterbacks, including Oliver Luck and Penn State-transfer Jeff Hostetler. Joe Paterno also became the coach of Penn State in 1967, while Don Nehlen became the coach of West Virginia in 1980.
In 1984, West Virginia broke the 25-game win streak of Penn State in Morgantown, with a 17–14 upset. However, Penn State won the next three contests. In 1988, under lead of Mountaineers' legend Major Harris, West Virginia won 51–30, en route to an undefeated regular season, also making them the only team to score more than 50 points on any Joe Paterno coached Penn State squad.
In 1989, Penn State won 19–9 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State followed up with three consecutive wins, with the last game of the rivalry in 1992 with a 40–26 victory in Morgantown.
The schools announced on Sept. 19, 2013, that they would renew the series with two games in 2023 and 2024, one each in State College and Morgantown.
Penn State victories are shaded ██ blue. West Virginia victories are shaded ██ old gold. Ties are white.
|Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|October 15, 1904||State College, PA||Penn State||34||West Virginia||0||PSU 1–0|
|November 25, 1905||State College, PA||Penn State||6||West Virginia||0||PSU 2–0|
|November 23, 1906||State College, PA||Penn State||11||West Virginia||0||PSU 3–0|
|October 24, 1908||State College, PA||Penn State||12||West Virginia||0||PSU 4–0|
|November 13, 1909||State College, PA||Penn State||40||West Virginia||0||PSU 5–0|
|October 27, 1923||New York, NY||Penn State||13||West Virginia||13||PSU 5–0–1|
|November 14, 1925||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||14||Penn State||0||PSU 5–1–1|
|November 21, 1931||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||19||Penn State||0||PSU 5–2–1|
|October 12, 1940||State College, PA||Penn State||17||West Virginia||13||PSU 6–2–1|
|November 15, 1941||State College, PA||Penn State||7||West Virginia||0||PSU 7–2–1|
|October 31, 1942||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||24||Penn State||0||PSU 7–3–1|
|October 30, 1943||State College, PA||Penn State||32||West Virginia||7||PSU 8–3–1|
|October 28, 1944||State College, PA||West Virginia||28||Penn State||27||PSU 8–4–1|
|October 25, 1947||State College, PA||Penn State||21||West Virginia||14||PSU 9–4–1|
|October 16, 1948||State College, PA||Penn State||37||West Virginia||7||PSU 10–4–1|
|November 5, 1949||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||34||West Virginia||14||PSU 11–4–1|
|November 11, 1950||State College, PA||Penn State||27||West Virginia||0||PSU 12–4–1|
|October 27, 1951||State College, PA||Penn State||13||West Virginia||7||PSU 13–4–1|
|October 11, 1952||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||35||West Virginia||21||PSU 14–4–1|
|October 31, 1953||State College, PA||West Virginia||20||Penn State||19||PSU 14–5–1|
|October 16, 1954||State College, PA||West Virginia||19||Penn State||14||PSU 14–6–1|
|October 22, 1955||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||21||Penn State||7||PSU 14–7–1|
|October 27, 1956||State College, PA||Penn State||16||West Virginia||6||PSU 15–7–1|
|November 2, 1957||State College, PA||Penn State||27||West Virginia||6||PSU 16–7–1|
|November 8, 1958||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||14||Penn State||14||PSU 16–7–2|
|October 31, 1959||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||28||West Virginia||10||PSU 17–7–2|
|October 29, 1960||State College, PA||Penn State||34||West Virginia||13||PSU 18–7–2|
|November 11, 1961||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||20||West Virginia||6||PSU 19–7–2|
|November 10, 1962||State College, PA||Penn State||34||West Virginia||6||PSU 20–7–2|
|October 26, 1963||State College, PA||Penn State||20||West Virginia||9||PSU 21–7–2|
|October 24, 1964||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||37||West Virginia||8||PSU 22–7–2|
|October 23, 1965||State College, PA||Penn State||44||West Virginia||6||PSU 23–7–2|
|October 22, 1966||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||38||West Virginia||6||PSU 24–7–2|
|October 21, 1967||State College, PA||Penn State||21||West Virginia||14||PSU 25–7–2|
|October 5, 1968||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||31||West Virginia||20||PSU 26–7–2|
|October 11, 1969||State College, PA||Penn State||20||West Virginia||0||PSU 27–7–2|
|October 31, 1970||State College, PA||Penn State||42||West Virginia||8||PSU 28–7–2|
|October 30, 1971||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||35||West Virginia||7||PSU 29–7–2|
|October 28, 1972||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||28||West Virginia||19||PSU 30–7–2|
|October 27, 1973||State College, PA||Penn State||62||West Virginia||14||PSU 31–7–2|
|October 26, 1974||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||21||West Virginia||12||PSU 32–7–2|
|October 11, 1975||State College, PA||Penn State||39||West Virginia||0||PSU 33–7–2|
|October 23, 1976||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||33||West Virginia||0||PSU 34–7–2|
|October 22, 1977||State College, PA||Penn State||49||West Virginia||28||PSU 35–7–2|
|October 29, 1978||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||49||West Virginia||21||PSU 36–7–2|
|October 27, 1979||State College, PA||Penn State||31||West Virginia||6||PSU 37–7–2|
|October 25, 1980||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||20||West Virginia||15||PSU 38–7–2|
|October 24, 1981||State College, PA||Penn State||30||West Virginia||7||PSU 39–7–2|
|October 23, 1982||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||24||West Virginia||0||PSU 40–7–2|
|October 22, 1983||State College, PA||Penn State||41||West Virginia||23||PSU 41–7–2|
|October 27, 1984||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||17||Penn State||14||PSU 41–8–2|
|October 26, 1985||State College, PA||Penn State||27||West Virginia||0||PSU 42–8–2|
|November 1, 1986||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||19||West Virginia||0||PSU 43–8–2|
|October 31, 1987||State College, PA||Penn State||25||West Virginia||21||PSU 44–8–2|
|October 29, 1988||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia||51||Penn State||30||PSU 44–9–2|
|November 4, 1989||State College, PA||Penn State||19||West Virginia||9||PSU 45–9–2|
|November 3, 1990||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||31||West Virginia||19||PSU 46–9–2|
|October 26, 1991||State College, PA||Penn State||51||West Virginia||6||PSU 47–9–2|
|October 24, 1992||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||40||West Virginia||26||PSU 48–9–2|
|September 2, 2023||State College, PA||West Virginia||Penn State|
|August 31, 2024||Morgantown, WV||Penn State||West Virginia|