This month in Penn State history: Penn State's first intercollegiate football contest

November 23, 2004

In 1881, 13 Penn State students traveled to Bucknell University for an informal game of football. The game was played by rules that were more similar to rugby than modern day football. The Penn State team won that game, 9-0. Six years later, on Nov. 12, 1887, the team set out once again to Lewisburg, where it won, 54-0. This game -- which was played under more modern rules -- has come to be regarded as Penn State's first intercollegiate football contest.

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