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
Largest victory Penn State, 51–6 (1991)
Longest win streak Penn State, 25 (1959–83)
Current win streak Penn State, 4 (1989–present)

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.[1]

Series history[edit]

In 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, and 1909, West Virginia went to State College to face Penn State. They were shutout each time. They met again at Yankee Stadium in 1923. The result was a 13–13 tie.

In 1925, the first game in Morgantown took place. It was also West Virginia's first win, 14–0. The next game was also played at Morgantown in 1931, resulting in another Mountaineer victory. The next game was played at Penn State in 1940, a Nittany Lion victory. In 1941, the Lions won again 7–0.

In 1942, West Virginia won at home 24–0. Penn State won in 1943 32–7, but West Virginia won 28–27 at home in 1944. Penn State won the next six.

In 1953 and 1954, West Virginia upset Penn State at New Beaver Field 20–19 and 19–14. In 1955 West Virginia won at home 21–7. From 1956–83, Penn State went 27–0–1. They 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 West Virginia's coach 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 Major Harris' lead, 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.

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.[2]

Game results[edit]

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

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