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Penn State-Michigan Matchups By The Numbers

When Penn State and Michigan face off at noon on Saturday, November 13, it’ll be the 25th time the two teams go head-to-head.

Michigan has had the upper hand thus far in the all-time series and owns a 14-10 record against the Nittany Lions. Overall, through 24 meetings, Michigan has outscored Penn State 595-522.

The first time the Nittany Lions and Wolverines shared the field was pretty recent in 1993. At Beaver Stadium on October 16, 1993, Michigan edged out Penn State 21-13.

From there, the Nittany Lions built some momentum with three straight wins from 1994 to 1996. Penn State’s first win against the Wolverines in 1994 was a 31-24 victory in Ann Arbor.

However, Penn State’s three-game winning streak ended, opening the door for a long run of Michigan dominance. After Penn State’s win in 1996, the Wolverines won nine straight games over the Nittany Lions, which is, to this day, by far the longest losing streak in the series for Penn State.

In those nine games, Penn State was outscored 230-114 in what were the Nittany Lions’ “dark days” of the series.

Penn State finally snapped Michigan’s nine-game winning streak in 2008 with a 46-17 win. That started the Nittany Lions’ longest winning streak of the series. From 2008 to 2013, Penn State won four straight games by a combined score of 165-98.

The last of those four wins was a 43-40 four-overtime victory that saw Christian Hackenberg throw for 305 yards and three touchdowns.

That leads us right into the James Franklin era. Ever since Franklin took over the program in 2014, Penn State has a 3-4 record against Michigan, including three straight losses to start the era. Recent history has been much more kind to the Nittany Lions, with them winning three of the last four meetings over the Wolverines.

With this upcoming meeting taking place at Beaver Stadium, it’s notable to mention that Penn State has fared better at home than on the road in Ann Arbor. The Nittany Lions have gone 6-6 at home, as opposed to 4-8 on the road.

Penn State’s largest margin of victory over Michigan was a 42-13 win at Beaver Stadium in 2017, as well as a 46-17 win in 2008. Penn State’s worst loss was a 42-7 beatdown at the hands of Wolverines in Ann Arbor in 2018.

The Nittany Lions’ closest win came in that 2013 game when it beat the Wolverines 43-40 in four overtimes. Michigan’s closest win was a 27-25 victory in 2005.

There’s one thing Penn State has forced Michigan to do that we’re sure many won’t ever forget. Before the first play of the 2019 White Out, with the crowd going crazy and Sheck Wes’s “Mo Bamba” blasting, Michigan was forced to call its first timeout because it was just too damn loud in Beaver Stadium.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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