Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry

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Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry
First meeting September 4, 1993
Latest meeting November 9, 2013
Next meeting October 1, 2016
Trophy Governor's Victory Bell
Statistics
Meetings total 13
All-time series Penn State leads, 8–5
Largest victory Penn State, 56–3 (1994)
Longest streak Minnesota, 4 (1999–2004) Penn State, 4 (1993–98, 2005–10)
Current streak Minnesota, 1 (2013–Present)

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.

History[edit]

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 Minnesota. Penn State won the trophy during the first four matchups, Minnesota the next four, and Penn State the next four after that. 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. Minnesota has since regained the trophy with a victory in 2013.

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 joined 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. The teams are scheduled to meet again in 2016 at University Park and 2019 in Minneapolis. Penn State leads the series 8–5.

Game results[edit]

Minnesota victories Penn State victories
Date Location Winning team Losing team Series
September 4, 1993 University Park #17 Penn State 38 Minnesota 20 Penn State 1–0
September 3, 1994 Minneapolis #9 Penn State 56 Minnesota 3 Penn State 2–0
October 18, 1997 University Park #1 Penn State 16 Minnesota 15 Penn State 3–0
October 10, 1998 Minneapolis #13 Penn State 27 Minnesota 17 Penn State 4–0
November 6, 1999 University Park Minnesota 24 #2 Penn State 23 Penn State 4–1
October 7, 2000 Minneapolis Minnesota 25 Penn State 16 Penn State 4–2
September 27, 2003 University Park #20 Minnesota 20 Penn State 14 Penn State 4–3
October 2, 2004 Minneapolis #19 Minnesota 16 Penn State 7 Tied 4–4
October 1, 2005 University Park Penn State 44 #19 Minnesota 14 Penn State 5–4
October 7, 2006 Minneapolis Penn State 28OT Minnesota 27 Penn State 6–4
October 17, 2009 University Park #14 Penn State 20 Minnesota 0 Penn State 7–4
October 23, 2010 Minneapolis Penn State 33 Minnesota 21 Penn State 8–4
November 9, 2013 Minneapolis Minnesota 24 Penn State 10 Penn State 8–5

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