Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry

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Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry
First Meeting October 15, 1904
Last Meeting October 24, 1992
Next Meeting September 2, 2023
Meetings 59
Series Penn State leads, 48–9–2

The Penn State–West Virginia football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Penn State Nittany Lions football team of Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia Mountaineers football team of West Virginia University.

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 matchups 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 of the series 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. Penn State ended West Virginia's 3-game streak in 1956 with a 16–6 victory at home. They won 27–6 the next year, then there was a 14–14 tie in 1958 at Old Mountaineer Field.

From 1959 to 1983, Penn State posted a 25-game win streak. 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 broke the win streak in Morgantown, with a 17–14 upset. However, Penn State won the next three contests. 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 games of the rivalry.

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 are shaded ██ blue. West Virginia victories are shaded ██ navy blue. Ties are white.

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

References[edit]

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