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A Midseason Check-In On Penn State Football Scorigami

When we created Penn State football Scorigami back in early September, we didn’t anticipate the whirlwind season that’s since transpired for the Nittany Lions.

It was hard to predict big, emotional wins over Wisconsin and Auburn to be met by a top-four showdown loss with Iowa and an embarrassing nine-overtime defeat by Illinois. Who would’ve thought Sean Clifford’s health and James Franklin’s future would end up being the biggest storylines?

But, alas, we’ve crossed the halfway point of the season. Penn State is 5-2, but more importantly, we’ve already witnessed three scores that have never happened in the Nittany Lions history! Here’s a breakdown of where every game stands on our Scorigami chart.

Penn State 16, Wisconsin 10: Not Scorigami

Penn State’s road win over the Badgers was a huge start to the season, but that score has unfortunately happened before in Nittany Lions history. In 2011, Penn State beat a 1-4 Indiana team by the same score to improve to 4-1. Matt McGloin threw 204 yards and a touchdown, while Silas Redd had 129 yards on *29* carries. Talk about Big Ten football.

This game against Indiana and Penn State’s recent game against Wisconsin are the only two times the winning team has scored 16 and the losing team put up 10 in a game the Nittany Lions played in.

Penn State 44, Ball State 13: Scorigami!

Woohoo! Penn State’s 44-13 win over Ball State in week two was the 547th unique score in program history. Oddly enough, 44-14 had actually occurred three separate times, but 44-13 is brand new.

Penn State 28, Auburn 20: Scorigami!

This might seem like a pretty typical football score, but it’s actually the very first time it’s occurred in Penn State’s history. Surprisingly, 28-19 occurred before 28-20 did.

Penn State 38, Villanova 17: Scorigami!

Make that back-to-back-to-back Scorigami for the Nittany Lions. Penn State’s 38-17 win over in-state foe Villanova marked the 548th unique score in program history. You can always count on backups coming in to create some wacky final outcomes.

Penn State 24, Indiana 0: Not Scorigami

This is actually quite the popular score, as it’s occurred 11 times in games Penn State’s appeared in. It most recently happened in the Nittany Lions 24-0 win over Kent State in 2010. Ten different offensive players caught passes from Rob Bolden and Kevin Newsome in that matchup.

Iowa 23, Penn State 20: Not Scorigami

Sorry Penn State fans, this is where things get ugly. The Nittany Lions 23-20 loss to Iowa is actually the fourth time a game has ended with that score. It most recently occurred in 2013 when Penn State suffered a 23-20 overtime loss to Nebraska. This was Bill O’Brien’s last home game as head coach of the Nittany Lions.

Illinois 20, Penn State 18: Not Scorigami

This game doesn’t still feel real. After suffering through nine overtime periods, you would think we would at least get Scorigami. Nope.

The cursed 20-18 score occurred two times before that dreaded, rainy Saturday at Beaver Stadium. This score last occurred in 1985 when No. 19 Penn State took down No. 7 Maryland in College Park. The Nittany Lions actually went on to have an undefeated regular season that year, rising to No. 1 and losing to only No. 3 Oklahoma in the Miami Orange Bowl.


Check out our full Scorigami table below to check out every score in recorded Penn State football history. We’ll be back again soon with more updates on any unique final scores throughout the rest of the Nittany Lions’ season.

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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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