Penn State–Syracuse football rivalry

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Penn State–Syracuse football rivalry
Penn State Nittany Lions.svg SyracuseOrange.svg
Penn State Nittany Lions Syracuse Orange

Total meetings 71
Series record Penn State leads, 43–23–5
First meeting 1922
Tie, 0–0
Last meeting 2013
Penn State, 23–17
Largest win Penn State, 49–6 (1973)
Longest win streak Penn State, 16 (1971–86)

The Penn State–Syracuse football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Syracuse Orange.

History[edit]

The rivalry started in 1922, when Syracuse fought Penn State to a 0–0 tie.[1] But it was during the 1950s and 1960s that the rivalry intensified, as it enjoyed a competitive and often controversial string of contests.[2] In 1953, after Lenny Moore intercepted a pass to seal a 20–14 Penn State victory, he was shoved out of bounds into the Syracuse bench. A Syracuse player jumped on Moore and a wild brawl started. Fans jumped out of the stands to join in. The fighting went on for several minutes before order was restored and Penn State took a knee to end the game.[3] Syracuse football was led by Ben Schwartzwalder, and Penn State by Rip Engle, then Joe Paterno. From 1950 to 1970, Syracuse won 11 games to Penn State's 10. Penn State leads the series 43–23–5.

After Schwartzwalder retired in 1973, Syracuse floundered. Penn State won 16 straight from 1971 to 1986. Conference realignment and scheduling disagreements also dampened the intensity of the rivalry. Penn State fans and players increasingly turned their attention to the rivalry with Pittsburgh.

In 1987, Coach Dick MacPherson finally led Syracuse to a resounding 48–21 victory over the Nittany Lions in the Dome. Syracuse won again the following year in Happy Valley but lost the last two games before the series was suspended in 1991.

Rivalry resumed[edit]

In 2002, it was announced that the two teams would revive the rivalry by scheduling a home-and-home series in 2008 and 2009.[4]

After an almost twenty-year break in the series, the two programs played in Syracuse's Carrier Dome on September 13, 2008, with the Nittany Lions prevailing 55–13 over the Orange. The contest did not generate a sellout crowd at the Carrier Dome. They met again the next year. Penn State won 28–7. After a 4-year break, in 2013 the two teams met again, this time at MetLife Stadium, in front of 61,202 fans; Penn State won 23–17.[5][6]

Game results[edit]

Penn State victories are shaded ██ blue. Syracuse victories are shaded ██ orange. Ties are white.

Date Site Winner Loser Series
1922 New York Penn State 0 Syracuse 0 Tied 0–0–1
1923 Syracuse Syracuse 10 Penn State 0 Syracuse 1–0–1
1924 University Park Syracuse 10 Penn State 6 Syracuse 2–0–1
1925 Syracuse Syracuse 7 Penn State 0 Syracuse 3–0–1
1926 University Park Syracuse 10 Penn State 0 Syracuse 4–0–1
1927 Syracuse Penn State 9 Syracuse 6 Syracuse 4–1–1
1928 University Park Penn State 6 Syracuse 6 Syracuse 4–1–2
1929 Syracuse Penn State 6 Syracuse 4 Syracuse 4–2–2
1930 University Park Penn State 0 Syracuse 0 Syracuse 4–2–3
1931 Syracuse Syracuse 7 Penn State 0 Syracuse 5–2–3
1932 University Park Syracuse 12 Penn State 6 Syracuse 6–2–3
1933 Syracuse Syracuse 12 Penn State 6 Syracuse 7–2–3
1934 University Park Syracuse 16 Penn State 0 Syracuse 8–2–3
1935 Syracuse Syracuse 7 Penn State 3 Syracuse 9–2–3
1936 University Park Penn State 18 Syracuse 0 Syracuse 9–3–3
1937 Syracuse Syracuse 19 Penn State 13 Syracuse 10–3–3
1938 University Park Penn State 33 Syracuse 6 Syracuse 10–4–3
1939 Syracuse Syracuse 6 Penn State 6 Syracuse 10–4–4
1940 Syracuse Syracuse 13 Penn State 13 Syracuse 10–4–5
1941 University Park Penn State 34 Syracuse 19 Syracuse 10–5–5
1942 University Park Penn State 18 Syracuse 13 Syracuse 10–6–5
1944 Syracuse Penn State 41 Syracuse 0 Syracuse 10–7–5
1945 University Park Penn State 26 Syracuse 0 Syracuse 10–8–5
1946 Syracuse Penn State 9 Syracuse 0 Syracuse 10–9–5
1947 University Park Penn State 40 Syracuse 0 Tie 10–10–5
1948 Syracuse Penn State 34 Syracuse 14 Penn State 11–10–5
1949 University Park Penn State 33 Syracuse 21 Penn State 12–10–5
1950 Syracuse Syracuse 27 Penn State 7 Penn State 12–11–5
1951 University Park Penn State 32 Syracuse 13 Penn State 13–11–5
1952 Syracuse Syracuse 25 Penn State 7 Penn State 13–12–5
1953 University Park Penn State 20 Syracuse 14 Penn State 14–12–5
1954 Syracuse Penn State 13 Syracuse 0 Penn State 15–12–5
1955 University Park Penn State 21 Syracuse 20 Penn State 16–12–5
1956 Syracuse Syracuse 13 Penn State 9 Penn State 16–13–5
1957 Syracuse Penn State 20 Syracuse 12 Penn State 17–13–5
1958 University Park Syracuse 14 Penn State 6 Penn State 17–14–5
1959 University Park Syracuse 20 Penn State 18 Penn State 17–15–5
1960 Syracuse Syracuse 21 Penn State 15 Penn State 17–16–5
1961 University Park Penn State 14 Syracuse 0 Penn State 18–16–5
1962 University Park Penn State 20 Syracuse 19 Penn State 19–16–5
1963 Syracuse Syracuse 9 Penn State 0 Penn State 19–17–5
1964 University Park Syracuse 21 Penn State 14 Penn State 19–18–5
1965 Syracuse Syracuse 28 Penn State 21 Tie 19–19–5
1966 University Park Syracuse 12 Penn State 10 Syracuse 20–19–5
1967 Syracuse Penn State 29 Syracuse 20 Tie 20–20–5
1968 University Park Penn State 30 Syracuse 12 Penn State 21–20–5
1969 Syracuse Penn State 15 Syracuse 14 Penn State 22–20–5
1970 University Park Syracuse 24 Penn State 7 Penn State 22–21–5
1971 Syracuse Penn State 31 Syracuse 0 Penn State 23–21–5
1972 University Park Penn State 17 Syracuse 0 Penn State 24–21–5
1973 Syracuse Penn State 49 Syracuse 6 Penn State 25–21–5
1974 University Park Penn State 30 Syracuse 14 Penn State 26–21–5
1975 Syracuse Penn State 19 Syracuse 7 Penn State 27–21–5
1976 University Park Penn State 27 Syracuse 3 Penn State 28–21–5
1977 Syracuse Penn State 31 Syracuse 24 Penn State 29–21–5
1978 University Park Penn State 45 Syracuse 15 Penn State 30–21–5
1979 East Rutherford Penn State 35 Syracuse 7 Penn State 31–21–5
1980 University Park Penn State 24 Syracuse 7 Penn State 32–21–5
1981 Syracuse Penn State 41 Syracuse 16 Penn State 33–21–5
1982 University Park Penn State 28 Syracuse 7 Penn State 34–21–5
1983 Syracuse Penn State 17 Syracuse 6 Penn State 35–21–5
1984 University Park Penn State 21 Syracuse 3 Penn State 36–21–5
1985 Syracuse Penn State 24 Syracuse 20 Penn State 37–21–5
1986 University Park Penn State 42 Syracuse 3 Penn State 38–21–5
1987 Syracuse Syracuse 48 Penn State 21 Penn State 38–22–5
1988 University Park Syracuse 24 Penn State 10 Penn State 38–23–5
1989 Syracuse Penn State 34 Syracuse 12 Penn State 39–23–5
1990 University Park Penn State 27 Syracuse 21 Penn State 40–23–5
2008 Syracuse Penn State 55 Syracuse 13 Penn State 41–23–5
2009 University Park Penn State 28 Syracuse 7 Penn State 42–23–5
2013 East Rutherford Penn State 23 Syracuse 17 Penn State 43–23–5


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of the Penn State - Syracuse Rivalry". Black Shoe Diaries. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ Viera, Mark. (2008, September 10). "The Past for Syracuse and Penn State Is Now Present," The New York Times. Accessed: September 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Penn State - Syracuse Rivalry Part II". Black Shoe Diaries. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Penn State, Syracuse To Renew Football Rivalry | Penn State University". News.psu.edu. 2002-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Penn State and Syracuse Open 2013 Season at MetLife Stadium - Penn State Official Athletic Site". Gopsusports.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Michael. (2013, September 1). "New Syracuse QB Allen struggles in opening loss," The Post Standard, pp.C-1 ff.