A 27-7 win at Illinois pushed Penn State to 9-0, heading into a date with Minnesota. All rights reserved. Okay, I think I’ve stalled this as long as I can. Joe Germaine and David Boston had career days for Ohio State… and Pat Pidgeon was forced to punt. This was the first matchup in which both teams were ranked. The game went down to the wire and ended with a dramatic interception by the Gophers in their own end zone to win 31-26. Currently, the two schools will play each other at least twice during every six-year scheduling cycle. The defense stopped Minnesota deep in their own territory, but despite getting the ball back near midfield, only managed five yards on three plays. As was the pattern, the offense couldn’t move any farther down the field, resulting in a Pidgeon punt and a very displeased Beaver Stadium crowd. Believe it or not there were a couple of bright spots. Minnesota put together a heroic final drive in the last 1:50, capped by two Ron Johnson grabs, one on their first play down to the Penn State 35, and the latter a leaping attempt at a catch that was deflected into the arms of Arland Bruce on fourth and 16 down the left sideline. Computer experts sound warnings on America's voting machines, Election Day deals: Get a free Krispy Kreme donut, Planet Fitness workout plus a McDonald's freebie Tuesday. 3 - ... 1998-Penn State (Big Ten) 9/5: vs. Southern Mississippi (7-5) W: 34: 6: 9/12: vs. 17 Minnesota … Thompson hit Drummond for 19, and McCoo’s first down on the next play was compounded by a late hit penalty, putting the ball at the Minnesota 22. The fourth quarter saw Penn State take the ball into Minnesota territory, but Drummond dropped an open Casey pass in the end zone, leading to another Forney field goal to make it 20-15 early in the fourth. The Gophers’ 31-26 win over Penn State … 2 Minnesota 102 (1) 3 Oklahoma State 99.5 (2) 4 Penn State 70.5 5 Central Michigan 53 6 Iowa State 49.5 7 West Virginia 48 7 Illinois 48 (1) 9 Oregon State 43.5 9 Ohio University 43.5 (1) Compiled by wrestlingstats.com However, Minnesota missed the extra point to make their lead 9-7. Winsipedia - Database and infographics of Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers football series history and all-time records, national championships, conference championships, bowl games, wins, bowl record, All-Americans, Heisman winners, and NFL Draft picks Three plays later, Dan Nystrom drilled the field goal, leaving those in section NA and elsewhere in a state of shock and dismay. The fourth quarter saw Penn State take the ball into Minnesota territory, but Drummond dropped an open Casey pass in the end zone, leading to another Forney field goal to make it 20-15 early in the fourth. As previously stated, Penn State entered the 1999 game with Minnesota on a nine-game winning streak, and determined to finish the season the way they failed to do so in 1997 and 1998. Cockerham took the Gophers down the field, the highlight being a 49-yard toss to tight end Alex Hass on third and short. The Gophers took the good field position and quickly drove into Penn State territory on passes from Cockerham to his tight end Zach Vevea and wide receiver Arland Bruce. 3, Official Fan Travel and Hospitality Services, Video Platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. Coming out of the locker room, Eddie Drummond dropped a deep throw from Thompson-something Drummond was somewhat prone to in his career, and the Lions had to punt from their own 22. Minnesota won the matchup in 2013 with a 24–10 victory. Pidgeon’s punt was partially blocked, giving Minnesota the ball from the 50. Penn State’s offense started to move the ball again midway through the third. Two Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1999 NFL Draft. As a matter of policy, Sports Reference only reports the results of games as played on the field. The Nittany Lions’ defense focus was on shutting down talented tailback Thomas Hamner, so senior quarterback Billy Cockerham had more pressure to beat Penn State with his arm.