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Countdown to Blue-White / 14 Days: Eight Things You Didn't Know About the Blue-White Game

by on April 06, 2013 12:30 AM

This is the 20th in a 33-day series about Penn State football program leading up to the Blue-White Game on April 20. Click here for past installments in the series.

The Blue White game has long been a staple of springtime in Happy Valley. With crowds of over 70,000 showing up almost every year, it's hard to imagine that only a few hundred people made it out to the first game in 1951. How much has the Blue White game changed? Here are eight things you probably didn't know about the Blue White game.

1. There were just an estimated 500 or so people on hand when that initial game was played in 1951 under Rip Engle. Tickets to the game were sold for the benefit of Penn State's general scholarship fund.

2. A water bucket was presented to the winning team as a trophy, eventually earning the nickname "The Bucket Bowl."

3. Before 1951 Penn State and many other colleges finished spring practice with scrimmages against other schools rather than playing offense against defense.

4. The first Blue White game was played at State College Area High School's Memorial Field. New grass had recently been planted in Beaver Stadium and the team didn't want to ruin the field. Admission to the game was $1.

5. The Blue team won the first Blue-White game 7-0. An eight-play 92 yard drive was the only scoring drive on the day. 

6. By 1955 the Water Bucket Bowl lost its name and was just the Blue-White game with the Blue team winning the first four games. The scores of those games: 7-0, 18-6, 12-6, and 12-12.

7. Early on, the Blue White game struggled attract crowds as it often conflicted with baseball games across campus.

8. The White team won its first game in 1955 scoring a record 24 points in a 24-12 victory. A 28-year-old Joe Paterno was an assistant on that White squad.

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Day 17: How Does Zayd Issah's Situation Impact the 2013 Roster?

Day 16: A Dozen Gimmicks for Penn State’s Scrimmage

Day 15: Five Players Penn State Fans Hadn't Heard Of

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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