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Land Grant Trophy
Teams Penn State Nittany Lions
Michigan State Spartans
Originated 1993
Trophy Series Penn State leads, 13–4
Current Holder Penn State

Penn State logo Michigan State logo
Penn State (13)
1993 1994 1995
1996 1998 2000
2001 2002 2004
2005 2006 2008
Michigan State (4)
1997 1999 2003

The Land Grant Trophy is presented to the winner of each football game between Michigan State and Penn State.



Since Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the Nittany Lions and Spartans have played each other for the trophy in the last week of conference play. The trophy, designed by former Michigan State coach George Perles, features pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower. Penn State won the most recent meeting 42–14 on November 21, 2009, at Spartan Stadium. Currently, Penn State leads the overall series 14–12–1, though many of the games were played prior to Penn State joining the Big Ten and are thus not included in the trophy count. Michigan State has not won at Beaver Stadium since 1965.

Michigan State University and Penn State University are the nation's oldest land-grant universities, hence the name for the trophy. In 1955 on the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the land grant system, Michigan State and Penn State were commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the "First of the Land-Grant Colleges". These two universities were the first ever universities to be placed on a U.S. postage stamp.

They are also the most recent additions to the Big Ten. Fellow Big Ten members Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin are also land-grant schools.

Game results

Year Penn State Michigan State Location
1993 Penn State (#14) 38 Michigan State (#25) 37 East Lansing, MI
1994 Penn State (#2) 59 Michigan State 31 University Park, PA
1995 Penn State (#14) 24 Michigan State 20 East Lansing, MI
1996 Penn State (#7) 32 Michigan State 29 University Park, PA
1997 Penn State (#4) 14 Michigan State 49 East Lansing, MI
1998 Penn State (#23) 51 Michigan State 28 University Park, PA
1999 Penn State (#13) 28 Michigan State (#15) 35 East Lansing, MI
2000 Penn State 42 Michigan State 23 University Park, PA
2001 Penn State 42 Michigan State 37 East Lansing, MI
2002 Penn State (#16) 61 Michigan State 7 University Park, PA
2003 Penn State 10 Michigan State 41 East Lansing, MI
2004 Penn State 37 Michigan State 13 University Park, PA
2005 Penn State (#5) 31 Michigan State 22 East Lansing, MI
2006 Penn State 17 Michigan State 13 University Park, PA
2007 Penn State 31 Michigan State 35 East Lansing, MI
2008 Penn State (#8) 49 Michigan State (#15) 18 University Park, PA
2009 Penn State (#14) 42 Michigan State 14 East Lansing, MI
Current series: Penn State leads 13–4

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