Penn State Nittany Lions

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions. The school colors are navy blue and white. The school mascot is the Nittany Lion. Penn State participates as a member institution of the Big Ten Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level for most sports. Penn State is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. Two sports participate in different conferences because they are not sponsored by the Big Ten: men's volleyball in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) and women's ice hockey in College Hockey America (CHA). The fencing teams operate as independents.

Football

Penn State Nittany Lions college football
First Season
1887
Team History
Penn State Nittany Lions (1907-present)
Conference
Big Ten Conference (1993-present)
Independent (1887-90, 1892-1992)
Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association (1891)
Venue
Beaver Stadium (1960-present)
New Beaver Field (1909-59)
Beaver Field (1892-1908)
Old Main lawn (until 1891)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1920s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1925
November 7 vs. Notre Dame New Beaver Field

1940s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1946
October 19 vs. Michigan State New Beaver Field
1949
October 22 at Michigan State Macklin Stadium

1950s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1950
October 14 at Syracuse Archbold Stadium
1951
October 13 at Nebraska Memorial Stadium
1952
September 20 vs. Temple Beaver Field
October 25 at Michigan State Macklin Stadium
1953
October 17 vs. Syracuse New Beaver Field
1954
September 25 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
October 16 vs. West Virginia New Beaver Field
1956
November 24 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
1957
October 5 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
1958
November 27 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
1959
October 10 at Army Michie Stadium
October 24 at Illinois Cleveland Stadium
December 19 vs. Alabama Liberty Bowl (Philadelphia, PA)

1960s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1960
November 5 vs. Maryland Beaver Stadium
November 19 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
1961
October 14 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
December 30 vs. Georgia Tech Gator Bowl
1962
October 13 at Army Michie Stadium
December 29 vs. Florida Gator Bowl
1963
October 12 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
November 2 at Maryland Byrd Stadium
November 9 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1964
September 26 at UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
October 3 vs. Oregon Beaver Stadium
October 10 at Army Michie Stadium
November 7 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1966
September 24 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
October 1 at Army Michie Stadium
1968
January 1, 1969 vs. Kansas Orange Bowl
1969
October 11 vs. West Virginia Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1970 vs. Missouri Orange Bowl

1970s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1970
October 24 at Army Michie Stadium
1971
October 9 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
October 23 vs. TCU Beaver Stadium
October 30 at West Virginia Mountaineer Field
January 1, 1972 vs. Texas Cotton Bowl
1972
September 30 vs. Iowa Beaver Stadium
December 31 vs. Oklahoma Tulane Stadium
1973
October 13 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1974 vs. LSU Orange Bowl
1974
September 14 vs. Stanford Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1975 vs. Baylor Cotton Bowl
1975
September 27 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
October 11 vs. West Virginia Beaver Stadium
December 31 vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1976
October 30 at Temple Veterans Stadium
December 27 vs. Notre Dame Gator Bowl
1977
September 2 at Rutgers Giants Stadium
October 29 vs. Miami Beaver Stadium
November 12 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
1978
November 24 vs. Pittsburgh Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1979 vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1979
September 22 vs. Texas A&M Beaver Stadium
October 13 vs. Army Beaver Stadium
November 17 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium

1980s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1980
September 27 vs. Nebraska Beaver Stadium
October 4 at Missouri Faurot Field
November 15 at Temple Veterans Stadium
December 26 vs. Ohio State Sun Devil Stadium
1981
January 1, 1982 vs. USC Sun Devil Stadium
1982
September 4 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
September 11 vs. Maryland Beaver Stadium
September 18 vs. Rutgers Beaver Stadium
September 25 vs. Nebraska Beaver Stadium
October 9 at Alabama Legion Field
October 23 at West Virginia Mountaineer Field
November 6 vs. NC State Beaver Stadium
November 13 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
November 26 vs. Pittsburgh Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1983 vs. Georgia Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1983
August 29 vs. Nebraska Giants Stadium
September 10 vs. Cincinnati Beaver Stadium
December 26 vs. Washington Aloha Stadium
1985
January 1, 1986 vs. Oklahoma Orange Bowl
1986
September 6 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
September 27 vs. East Carolina Beaver Stadium
October 4 vs. Rutgers Beaver Stadium
October 11 vs. Cincinnati Beaver Stadium
October 18 vs. Syracuse Beaver Stadium
November 8 vs. Maryland Beaver Stadium
November 15 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
November 22 vs. Pittsburgh Beaver Stadium
January 2, 1987 vs. Miami Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1987
October 3 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1988 vs. Clemson Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1988
November 19 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
1989
October 7 at Rutgers Giants Stadium
November 4 vs. West Virginia Beaver Stadium
December 29 vs. BYU Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1990
September 22 vs. Rutgers Beaver Stadium
December 28 vs. Florida State Joe Robbie Stadium
1992
January 1, 1993 vs. Stanford Joe Robbie Stadium
1993
September 4 vs. Minnesota Beaver Stadium
October 16 vs. Michigan Beaver Stadium
January 1, 1994 vs. Tennessee Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1994
October 15 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
November 12 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
November 26 vs. Michigan State Beaver Stadium
January 2, 1995 vs. Oregon Rose Bowl
1996
November 23 vs. Michigan State Beaver Stadium
1997
October 4 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
January 1, 1998 vs. Florida Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1998
November 21 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1999
December 28 vs. Texas A&M Alamodome

2000s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2000
September 23 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
October 28 at Indiana RCA Dome
November 11 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
2001
September 22 vs. Wisconsin Beaver Stadium
September 29 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
October 27 vs. Ohio State Beaver Stadium
2002
August 31 vs. UCF Beaver Stadium
October 26 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
2003
August 30 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
November 8 at Northwestern Ryan Field
November 15 vs. Indiana Beaver Stadium
2004
September 4 vs. Akron Beaver Stadium
October 9 vs. Purdue Beaver Stadium
October 30 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
2005
September 24 at Northwestern Ryan Field
October 15 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
November 19 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
January 3, 2006 vs. Florida State Dolphins Stadium
2007
September 22 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
2008
October 25 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
January 1, 2009 vs. USC Rose Bowl

2010s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2010
November 13 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
January 1, 2011 vs. Florida Raymond James Stadium
2014
December 27 vs. Boston College Yankee Stadium
2015
January 2, 2016 vs. Georgia EverBank Field
2016
January 2, 2017 vs. USC Rose Bowl
2017
September 23 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
December 30 vs. Washington University of Phoenix Stadium
2018
January 1, 2019 vs. Kentucky Camping World Stadium
2019
October 26 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
December 28 vs. Memphis AT&T Stadium

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

1970s 1973 • 1974
1980s 1982
1990s 1990 • 1991 • 1994
2010s 2011 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019

Men's Basketball

Penn State Nittany Lions men's college basketball
First Season
1896
Team History
Penn State Nittany Lions (1896-present)
Conference
Big Ten Conference (1990-present)
Venue
Bryce Jordan Center (1996-present)
Rec Hall (1929-96)
Armory (1896-1929)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1993-94
February 2, 1994 vs. Illinois Rec Hall

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

1980s 1981-82
Big Ten Conference
East Division Indiana Hoosiers • Maryland Terrapins • Michigan Wolverines • Michigan State Spartans • Ohio State Buckeyes • Penn State Nittany Lions • Rutgers Scarlet Knights
West Division Illinois Fighting Illini • Iowa Hawkeyes • Minnesota Golden Gophers • Nebraska Cornhuskers • Northwestern Wildcats • Purdue Boilermakers • Wisconsin Badgers
Basketball Venues Breslin Student Events Center • Crisler Center • Welsh-Ryan Arena • Williams Arena
Football Venues Ohio Stadium • Ryan Field • SHI Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Big East Conference • West Coast Conference