Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry
|First meeting||October 15, 1904|
|Latest meeting||October 24, 1992|
|Next meeting||September 2, 2023|
|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–)|
|Locations of Penn State and West Virginia|
In 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, and 1909, West Virginia went to State College to face Penn State. They were shut out 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.
|Penn State victories||West Virginia victories||Tie games|
- "West Virginia Bids to End 20-Year Jinx". The Daily Courier. October 8, 1975. p. 6. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
West Virginia will be trying to break a 20-year jinx Saturday as the Mountaineers tangle with arch-rival Penn State at University Park, Pa., in a battle for eastern football supremacy.
- "Penn State in a league of its own". The Pittsburgh Press. August 21, 1988. p. 76. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
Certainly West Virginia must have thought itself a favored opponent. Its rivalry with Penn State dates to 1904. The teams have shared home dates since 1954.
- "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Penn St vs. West Virginia". www.mcubed.net. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "WVU, Penn State to renew football series". The Journal. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.