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Introducing Penn State Football Scorigami

Welcome to Penn State football’s version of Scorigami.

You might be asking: “Wait. What the hell is Scorigami?” Glad you asked.

Created and coined by SB Nation writer Jon Bois, Scorigami is a running list of every unique score to ever happen in NFL history.

For example, no NFL game has ever ended with a score of 22-4. If that were to somehow happen this season, that would be “Scorigami.” The most recent NFL Scorigami occurred in January 2021 when the Chiefs beat the Steelers 48-37, marking the 1,066th unique score in league history.

Scorigami has quickly gained a cult following since its inception in 2016. One Twitter account that tracks Scorigami in the NFL has amassed nearly 200,000 followers.

With the Nittany Lions’ season quickly approaching, we decided to put a Happy Valley spin on the popular “game.” Introducing Penn State football Scorigami.

The x-axis of the table plots the winning team’s score, while the y-axis has the losing team’s score. Each box is heat-mapped and displays how many times a certain score happened in program history. If it’s only happened once, you can hover over the box to see if Penn State won or lost the game.

The bottom left corner of the chart is blank since, obviously, one team cannot score fewer points than the other team and win the game. The scores of 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1, and 7-1 are also impossible in college football. The ~forbidden~ score of 6-1 would actually be possible if one team returned the opposing team’s two-point conversion for a touchdown.

As of the day before the 2021 football season, there have been 546 unique scores in Penn State football history. The most frequent score in program history is actually 6-0, which has occurred 18 times. Listen: It was hard to get points on the board in the early days of football.

The most points Penn State has ever scored and still lost was 49, which was actually the 2017 Rose Bowl against USC.

We’ll update this data as the season goes along and will certainly provide a Twitter update if a Penn State game ends in Scorigami this season. If things aren’t going too hot for the Nittany Lions, at least this is something we can all root for.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected]

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