Penn State Welcomes Nebraska to the Big Ten
It’s official. The Big Ten now has twelve teams, and Penn State might finally have a conference rival.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is now officially a member of the Big Ten Conference and will begin Big Ten play in all sports this fall. Nebraska will be Penn State’s protected cross-division opponent in the new Big Ten alignment, meaning that the Huskers and Nittany Lions will play every year on the gridiron despite being in opposite divisions. Hopefully this will finally give Penn State a conference rival, as Michigan State (and the infamous Land Grant Trophy) never seemed anywhere close to becoming one during their time as Penn State’s “rival”.
Nebraska will visit Beaver Stadium for the first time in almost a decade on Saturday, November 12th, which will be Senior Day for Penn State. The last time the Cornhuskers were in Happy Valley, they were ranked #8 in the country before being dominated by Penn State, 40-7. Nebraska won in the teams’ last meeting in 2003 in Lincoln. According to Jeff Nelson (@GoPSUJeff), Penn State leads the all-time football series with Nebraska 7-6.
The first Penn State-Nebraska contest, according to Tony Mancuso (@GoPSUTony), will be on September 21st when the four-time defending national champion Penn State women’s volleyball team takes on Nebraska in Lincoln. The teams will meet again on Saturday, October 29th in Rec Hall.
Here’s more on the history of Nebraska Athletics and, just for good measure, here are a few major moments in Penn State-Nebraska sports history.
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After scoring only two goals in the first half, TJ Malone and the Nittany Lions came back to win in sudden death overtime.
Dane Dowiak’s two goals guided the Nittany Lions to win a close game in Columbus.
The Nittany Lions coughed up a 23-point lead in the final road game of the regular season.