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Penn State Football: Penn State And Rutgers By The Numbers

by on July 02, 2014 4:00 PM

Maryland and Rutgers made their membership to the Big Ten official this week giving Penn State two more regional foes to worry about.

The Nittany Lions have faced football teams from those schools over 50 times combined and have only suffered a total of three losses.

Times can change though and past performances aren't a guarantee when it comes to future success. With that in mind, here is a look back at Penn State and Rutgers by the numbers as both programs look to write a new chapter in the series' history. You can check out the Maryland review here.

22-2-0: The record between Penn State and Rutgers thus far. The series kicked off in 1918 with a 26-3 Rutgers' victory.

1988: The last time Rutgers' won against Penn State and the first victory in the series for the Scarlet Knights since 1918. Rutgers won the game 21-16 in Happy Valley.

7: The number of times Penn State has held Rutgers to single digits in the series. This includes two shutouts that happened in back-to-back meetings in 1989 and 1990. Interestingly enough those shutouts followed the most recent win by Rutgers against Penn State. This number is much more reasonable than the 17 times Penn State has held Maryland to single digits.

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7-6: The final score of the 1952 meeting which Penn State won. Hopefully not too many people were injured watching that display of offensive football.

6: The number of times Penn State has scored 40 or more points against Rutgers. If that range is dropped down to 30 points the Nittany Lions have broken that margin 14 times out of the 24 total meetings.

6: The number of games decided by seven or fewer points in the series.

14: The number of times both teams have met while the Nittany Lions were ranked. Penn State has never faced a ranked Rutgers' squad. The Nittany Lions' 1988 loss to the Scarlet Knights happened when Penn State was ranked No. 15 in the AP poll.

57-3-1: Penn State's record against Maryland and Rutgers all-time.

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