Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry

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Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry
First meeting October 15, 1904
Latest meeting October 24, 1992
Next meeting September 2, 2023
Statistics
Meetings total 59
All-time series Penn State leads, 48–9–2

The Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Penn State Nittany Lions and West Virginia Mountaineers. Penn State leads the series 48–9–2.

Series history[edit]

In 1904, West Virginia traveled to University Park to face Penn State for the first time. Penn State won 34–0. West Virginia traveled to University Park for 1905, 1906, 1908, and 1909 games 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. It was also West Virginia's first victory of the rivalry, 14–0. Six years later in 1931, the next game was also 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. Penn State won the next year 32–7, but West Virginia beat them at home in 1944, 28–27. The next six matchups up to 1952 were all Penn State victories.

In 1953 and 1954, West Virginia upset Penn State at "New Beaver Field", the Nittany Lions' home since 1909, 20–19 and 19–14. In 1955 West Virginia won at home 21–7. From 1956 to 1983, Penn State went 27–0–1. Penn State had consecutive victories over some of West Virginia's greatest quarterbacks, such as Oliver Luck and Penn State-transfer Jeff Hostetler. Joe Paterno also became coach of Penn State in 1967, while Don Nehlen became coach of West Virginia in 1980.

In 1984, West Virginia won for the first time since 1955 in Morgantown, with a 17–14 upset. However, Penn State won the next three. In 1988, under lead of Mountaineers' legend Major Harris, West Virginia won 51–30, en route to an undefeated regular season, making them the only team to score more than 50 points on any Joe Paterno coached Penn State squad. Penn State followed up by winning the last four.

Future[edit]

The schools announced on September 19, 2013, that they would renew the series with two games in 2023 and 2024, one each in State College and Morgantown.[1]

Game results[edit]

Penn State victories West Virginia victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1904 State College, PA Penn State 34–0
2 1905 State College, PA Penn State 6–0
3 1906 State College, PA Penn State 11–0
4 1908 State College, PA Penn State 12–0
5 1909 State College, PA Penn State 40–0
6 1923 New York, NY Tie 13–13
7 1925 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 14–0
8 1931 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 19–0
9 1940 State College, PA Penn State 17–13
10 1941 State College, PA Penn State 7–0
11 1942 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 24–0
12 1943 State College, PA Penn State 32–7
13 1944 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 28–27
14 1947 State College, PA Penn State 21–14
15 1948 State College, PA Penn State 37–7
16 1949 Morgantown, WV Penn State 34–14
17 1950 State College, PA Penn State 27–0
18 1951 State College, PA Penn State 13–7
19 1952 Morgantown, WV Penn State 35–21
20 1953 State College, PA West Virginia 20–19
21 1954 State College, PA West Virginia 19–14
22 1955 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 21–7
23 1956 State College, PA Penn State 16–6
24 1957 State College, PA Penn State 27–6
25 1958 Morgantown, WV Tie 14–14
26 1959 Morgantown, WV Penn State 28–10
27 1960 State College, PA Penn State 34–13
28 1961 Morgantown, WV Penn State 20–6
29 1962 State College, PA Penn State 34–6
30 1963 State College, PA Penn State 20–9
# Date Location Winner Score
31 1964 Morgantown, WV Penn State 37–8
32 1965 State College, PA Penn State 44–6
33 1966 Morgantown, WV Penn State 38–6
34 1967 State College, PA Penn State 21–14
35 1968 Morgantown, WV Penn State 31–20
36 1969 State College, PA Penn State 20–0
37 1970 State College, PA Penn State 42–8
38 1971 Morgantown, WV Penn State 35–7
39 1972 Morgantown, WV Penn State 28–19
40 1973 State College, PA Penn State 62–14
41 1974 Morgantown, WV Penn State 21–12
42 1975 State College, PA Penn State 39–0
43 1976 Morgantown, WV Penn State 33–0
44 1977 State College, PA Penn State 49–28
45 1978 Morgantown, WV Penn State 49–21
46 1979 State College, PA Penn State 31–6
47 1980 Morgantown, WV Penn State 20–15
48 1981 State College, PA Penn State 30–7
49 1982 Morgantown, WV Penn State 24–0
50 1983 State College, PA Penn State 41–23
51 1984 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 17–14
52 1985 State College, PA Penn State 27–0
53 1986 Morgantown, WV Penn State 19–0
54 1987 State College, PA Penn State 25–21
55 1988 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 51–30
56 1989 State College, PA Penn State 19–9
57 1990 Morgantown, WV Penn State 31–19
58 1991 State College, PA Penn State 51–6
59 1992 Morgantown, WV Penn State 40–26
Series: Penn State leads 48–9–2


References[edit]

  1. ^ "WVU, Penn State to renew football series". The Journal. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.