The first matchup of the Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans was in 1914 since then they have played over 30 games. It wasn’t until 1993 when both teams were in the Big Ten Conference that they became official rivals. The winner of the annual matchup of the Spartans-Nittany Lions receives the Land Grant Trophy. The trophy’s name origin is due to Michigan State University and Penn State University being the nation’s oldest land-grant universities.
From 2011-2013, Michigan State vs Penn State were in different divisions in the Big Ten, resulting in a hiatus of the rival matchup. In 2014, the annual rivalry of the Nittany Lions vs Spartans resumed when the division changed to East and West and they were both in the Big Ten East division. The Michigan State-Penn State game is always played on the final weekend of the regular season before the Big Ten Championship Game.
Penn State-Michigan State tickets sell quickly every season, no matter where each of the teams is expected to fall in the Big Ten standings. Beaver Stadium and Spartan Stadium may never be louder than during a Nittany Lions vs Spartans game, and the impact of the game is incredible on both campuses. No matter if the game is set to take place in East Lansing or University Park, TicketCity has you covered with the best Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions tickets at some of the cheapest prices on the market.
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Beaver Stadium (University Park, PA) Nittany Lions 45, Spartans 12The 2016 Penn State vs Michigan State game was a big game for the Nittany Lions winning by a large margin with a final score of 45-12 and solidifying their spot in the Big Ten Championship game. The Spartans ended the game scoring only four field goals while the Penn State reached the end zone six times, four of which were passes from Trace McSorley. McSorely ended the regular season with a strong passing game hitting 376 yards and rushing only 13 yards. The average ticket price of Michigan State vs Penn State 2016 matchup was $75.
Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, MI) Spartans 55, Nittany Lions 16Michigan State won with a big lead over Penn State for their third consecutive win in the rivalry. The Spartans were able to dominate in the 2015 last regular season game against the Nittany Lions, winning the game 55-16. Penn State was able to move the ball well throughout the game but lost two important turnovers to Michigan State, one resulting in a touchdown. The win against the Nittany Lions put the Spartans into their third Big Ten title game in the past five seasons.
Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Beaver Stadium (University Park, PA) Spartans 34, Nittany Lions 10The 2014 matchup between Penn State and Michigan State was the return to the rival game since both schools became part of the Big Ten East division. Michigan State started off strong in the first quarter scoring a touchdown and two field goals. On the other side of the field, Penn State was only able to score one touchdown throughout the whole game while the Spartans repeatedly made it into the end zone. The final score of the game was 34-10, Michigan State.