Minnesota–Penn State football rivalry
First contestedSeptember 4, 1993
Number of meetings14
Most recent meetingOctober 1, 2016
Next meetingNovember 9, 2019
All-time seriesPenn State leads, 9–5
Largest victoryPenn State, 56–3 (1994)
Longest win streakMinnesota, 4 (1999–2004)
Penn State, 4 (1993–98, 2005–10)
Current streakPenn State, 1 (2016–Present)

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


The Governor's Victory Bell was first presented in 1993 to commemorate Penn State's entry into the Big Ten Conference, with their first league game coming against Minnesota. Penn State won the trophy during the first four matchups, Minnesota the next four, and Penn State the next four after that. In 2008, 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. Minnesota won the matchup in 2013 with a 24–10 victory. Penn State has since regained the trophy with a thrilling overtime 29–26 victory in 2016.

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 joined the Big Ten. Due to the future changes in the Big Ten's scheduling procedures,[2] the rivalry will be held approximately two times every seven years starting in 2014; this changed to three times every seven years when the Big Ten added another conference game in 2016. The teams are scheduled to meet again in 2019 in Minneapolis. Penn State leads the series 9–5.

Game resultsEdit

Minnesota victoriesPenn State victories
1 September 4, 1993 University Park, PA No. 17 Penn State 38–20
2 September 3, 1994 Minneapolis, MN No. 9 Penn State 56–3
3 October 18, 1997 University Park, PA No. 1 Penn State 16–15
4 October 10, 1998 Minneapolis, MN No. 13 Penn State 27–17
5 November 6, 1999 University Park, PA Minnesota 24–23
6 October 7, 2000 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 25–16
7 September 27, 2003 University Park, PA No. 20 Minnesota 20–14
8 October 2, 2004 Minneapolis, MN No. 19 Minnesota 16–7
9 October 1, 2005 University Park, PA Penn State 44–14
10 October 7, 2006 Minneapolis, MN Penn State 28–27OT
11 October 17, 2009 University Park, PA No. 14 Penn State 20–0
12 October 23, 2010 Minneapolis, MN Penn State 33–21
13 November 9, 2013 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 24–10
14 October 1, 2016 University Park, PA Penn State 29–26OT
Series: Penn State leads 9–5

See also Edit


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