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|
|All-time series||Penn State leads, 8–5|
|Largest victory||Penn State, 56–3 (1994)|
|Longest win streak||Minnesota, 4 (1999–2004) Penn State, 4 (1993–98, 2005–10)|
|Current win 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.
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 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, 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.
|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|
|October 1, 2016||University Park|
- "Series History: Minnesota vs. Penn State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-02-26.