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Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry
MinnesotaGoldenGophers Penn State logo
Teams Minnesota Golden Gophers
Penn State Nittany Lions
First Meeting 1993 (Penn State, 38-20)
Last Meeting 2010 (Penn State, 33-21, vacated)
Next Meeting November 9, 2013
Series Record Minnesota, 4-3
Current Streak Minnesota, 4 (1999–Present)
Longest Winning Streak Minnesota, 4 (1999–Present)

The Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between Minnesota Golden Gophers football team of the University of Minnesota and Penn State Nittany Lions football team of Pennsylvania State University. The Governor's Victory Bell is awarded to the winner of the game.

HistoryEdit

It was first presented in 1993 to commemorate Penn State's entry into the Big Ten Conference, with their first league game coming against the Golden Gophers. Penn State won the trophy during the first four matchups, Minnesota the next four. In 2005, the Nittany Lions regained the trophy after beating the Golden Gophers, and have won the next two contests, retaining the trophy. In 2009, 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.

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[1] 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 will join the Big Ten. As a result, Minnesota and Penn State will only play each other one game every six years on average unless the conference adds an extra game to its schedule.

Minnesota leads the series 4-3, with 5 wins by Penn State vacated due to the NCAA's penalty for that school resulting from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

Game resultsEdit

Years of a Minnesota win are in red, years of a Penn State win are in blue, years of a vacated win by either school are in white.

Year Penn State Minnesota Location

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Current series: Minnesota leads 4-3

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