With Penn State playing Temple this week, and news breaking that the series will continue through 2016, I was asked by a reader what Penn State’s record was against schools from within the Keystone State. Penn State is 108-73-10 against the top other four football programs in the state.
Penn State leads 35-3-1
It has been a long time since Penn State last lost a game to Temple. The Owls’ last victory against Penn State came in 1941 in a game played in Philadelphia. Temple has never beaten Penn State in State College, but they did play to one tie, coming in 1950. It may be hard to believe but Temple once led this series, 3-1. The first four games of this series were played on the road in Philadelphia.
This series is currently under contract through 2012 and a three game series was just confirmed to extend the rivalry through 2016, with resumption in 2014.
Penn State leads 50-42-4
Penn State’s most common opponent in school history is Pittsburgh but the last game to be played in the series came in 2000. The Panthers shutout the Nittany Lions in Pittsburgh by a score of 12-0 and the two schools continue to squabble over the details for a new series. Penn State stands firm on getting one extra home game in any prospective series with Pittsburgh while Pitt wants an even series. Someday these two sides will set aside their differences and agree to some deal, but after so long you have to wonder if it will take a governor to step in and force the two to play each other.
With Penn State’s recent negotiations with Temple it seems unlikely a series with Pittsburgh will come any time in the near future.
Penn State leads 5-3-1
This is worth keeping a slight eye on given the recent news that Villanova is evaluating their options in a possible move up to the FBS ranks and joining the Big East. If Villanova ends up making the move then expect Villanova fans to be clamoring (begging) for a game or two with Penn State. The Wildcats will need it as well every now and then to get a nice paycheck. The defending FCS champs woudl make for a neat little rivalry if they coudl build their football program to the level of their basketball program.
Penn leads 25-18-4
Of all of the major college football teams in the state, nobody has a better record against the Nittany Lions than the Penn Quakers, who dominated the series from 1890 to 1910. In that time frame the Quakers never lost to Penn State, going 16-0-1. The 15 game winning streak remains the longest winning streak against Penn State by any opponent to this date. Penn State turned the tables on the Quakers though in 1911, winning their first in the series. Penn State lost just nine more times against Penn until the series ended in 1958.
With Penn playing in the Ivy League this series is essentially dead unless the league ever makes a move up to the FBS level for whatever reason.
In the early years of Penn State football the Nittany Lions have played games against many schools that currently field smaller programs, such as schools from the current FCS and division two ranks. We are talking programs such as Gettysburg, California University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg and more. Here is a complete list of Penn State opponents from within the state on record, with the series totals. For the purpose of this list we will just look at schools currently playing football, so apologies to any old time fans of the Altoona Athletic Association (PSU leads 2-0) and Carnegie Tech (PSU leads 6-0) and more.
- Allegheny – PSU leads 3-0
- Bloomsburg – PSU leads 1-0
- Bucknell – PSU leads 28-10
- California (Pa) – PSU leads 1-0
- Dickinson – PSU leads 11-5-1
- Franklin & Marshall – PSU leads 2-1
- Gettysburg – PSU leads 27-0-1
- Grove City – PSU leads 3-0
- Lafayette – PSU leads 10-5-1
- Lebanon Valley – PSU leads 20-0
- Lehigh – PSU leads 16-6-1
- Muhlenberg – PSU leads 5-1
- Susquehanna – PSU leads 6-0
- Ursinus – PSU leads 2-0
- Washington & Jefferson – PSU leads 5-2
- Waynesburg – Waynesburg trails 0-2
If Waynesburg ever finds a way back on the Penn State schedule, I imagine they will be prepared for some payback.
Penn State has a combined record of 248-105-11 against all schools in Pennsylvania currently fielding collegiate football teams.