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October 19, 2019 Go Blue Game Day Michigan vs Penn State

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

October 19, 2019 Go Blue Game Day Michigan vs Penn State

Hello again Wolverine Football fans – today is another Go Blue Game Day post – Michigan vs Penn State football 2019. Yes, we are finished with the “easy” part of the schedule. The next six games all promise to be contests that will demand Michigan’s best every week. The Wolverines continue to improve in many areas, but not in all phases of the game. Penalties and fumbles continue to plague the team and drive the coaches, players and fans crazy.

(Note – The 1993 Michigan Football team (shown above) was the first Wolverine team to play and win at Penn State. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Today’s Michigan vs Penn State contest marks the twenty-third game between these two Big Ten rivals. It is the first time in this series that these teams have met on the nineteenth day of October.

Before I get into my predictions about today’s game, let’s take a closer look at what has happened when Michigan plays on October 19th. Then, we will shift our attention to the history of Michigan vs Penn State and talk about who wins this game and why.

Calendar History:

Today’s game is the twenty-first game in Michigan Football History on the 19th day of October. So far, the Wolverines own a record of 16 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie on this day. That works out to a winning percentage of just over eighty-two percent (.825). Yes, our beloved Wolverines have been very, very good on this day since 1891.

Michigan has a stellar record of 9 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie for all home games played on this day. They are almost as good on the road with 7 wins in 8 games away from Ann Arbor on this day. This is good news because today’s game is at Penn State. The numbers displayed below summarize Michigan’s overall performance on this day. Yes, October 19th is definitely a good day to play football at Michigan.

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %


6 0 1




10 3 0


All Games


16 3 1


Some More Michigan Football History on the 19th day of October:

  • 1891 – Michigan traveled to Olivet and defeated their hosts by a score of 18-6.
  • 1901 – The Maize and Blue footballers recorded their biggest conference win ever on this day with a 290- win over Northwestern in Ann Arbor.
  • 1904 – The Wolverines notched their biggest win ever on October 19th with a 72-0 rout of a Chicago team called Physicians and Surgeons.
  • 1929 – Michigan’s first ever loss took place in Columbus, Ohio. Yes, the Buckeyes slipped by the Wolverines by a margin of 0-7.
  • 1946 – The only tie on this day was posted in Ann Arbor when Michigan and Northwestern played to a 14-14 draw.
  • 2013 – The Wolverines won the last game played on October 19th. It was a record-setting day in Ann Arbor. Final Score: Michigan 63 and Indiana 47. Devin Gardner accounted for 5 touchdowns (3 rushing and 2 TD passes) on 584-total yards (503 passing and 81-yards rushing. Jeremy Gallon caught 14 of Gardner’s 21 completions for 360-yards and caught both of Devin’s scoring passes. Fitz Touissaint rambled for 51-yards on 32 carries. He rushed for four touchdowns.

Again, tonight’s game will be the first one that Michigan and Penn State have ever played on nineteenth day of October. The Wolverines have played Indiana four times on this day (1968, 1991, 1996 and 2013). Northwestern has been the second most frequently played team with three games (1901, 1946 and 1957).

Other Notable Wolverine Performances on October 19th:

  • 1907 – Michigan posted their first ever road shutout with a 22-0 victory over Wabash College in Indianapolis. Yes, another one of those would be sweet tonight!
  • 1940 – The Wolverines record their first ever conference game shutout win on Homecoming against Illinois (28-0).
  • 1957 – Jim Pace led the way in a nice Wolverine Homecoming win (34-14) over Northwestern.
  • 1968 – Bump Elliott’s last win over Indiana was 27-22 victory in Bloomington, Indiana. Ron Johnson scored a touchdown and rushed for 163-yards on 34 carries. Quarterback Dennis Brown completed 14 of 30 passes for 162-yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • 1974 – Bo’s first win on this day was a nice 24-20 victory in Madison.
  • 1991 – Mo’s Wolverines gave him his first Homecoming victory (24-16) over Indiana.

Michigan vs Penn State Program Summaries

Here is a quick look at the “Tale of the Tape” for two of college football’s winningest football teams:

Program Area Penn State Michigan
First Football Season



Total Wins



Total Losses



Total Ties



Winning %



National Championships



Heisman Winners



All-Americans (Consensus)



Big Ten Championships



Michigan vs Penn State Series History:

Both Penn State and Michigan have long histories and tons of tradition. However, they have only been meeting on the football field since 1993. Now that they are in the same Big Ten Division, they play each other every season. Check out the series numbers below:


Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %
Ann Arbor


8 3 0


State College

11 6 5 0



0 0 0 0


Series Total


14 8 0



Here are some of the highlights from Michigan’s six road wins at Penn State:

  • 1993 – The first game between Michigan and Penn State took place in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won by a score of 21-13. Todd Collins was very efficient. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 132-yards and two touchdowns (Che Foster and Mercury Hayes). Ty Wheatley helped Michigan control the ball with 32 carries for 192-yards. Derrick Alexander returned a punt for a 48-yard score. PSU could not find a way to beat Michigan’s relentless defense at the end of the game. Welcome to the Big Ten Joe!
  • 1997 – Lloyd Carr’s team dominated every phase of this game from start to finish. The final score was not indicative of how badly Michigan outplayed PSU this day. The final score was 34-8 – the worst defeat in Joe Paterno’s career at Penn State. Brian Griese tossed two scoring passes and Chris Howard and Anthony Thomas each rushed for a touchdown. Place kicker Kraig Baker added two field goals (29 and 42-yards) to seal the deal.
  • 1999 – Captain Comeback, Tom Brady, led the Wolverines to another big win at Penn State. The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but found themselves trailing by a score of 27-17 in the fourth quarter. Brady rushed for a score and threw the winning score to Markus Knight. Final Score: Michigan 31 Penn State 27.
  • 2001 – John Navarre threw two touchdown passes and Hayden Epstein kicked two field goals. The Wolverine defense posted Michigan’s only shutout win at Penn State – 20-0!
  • 2006 – Michigan led the whole game, but it was a close one. Chad Henne passed for 196-yards and one touchdown. Mike Hart ran for 112-yards and one score. Garrett Rivas added a 23-yard field goal. The Wolverine defense helped Michigan to prevail again in State College. Wolverines 17 Nittany Lions 10.
  • 2015 –Michigan trailed early in this game, but took the lead just before the first half ended and never looked back. Jake Rudock turned 25 completions into 256-yards and 2 touchdowns. De Veon Smith and Sione Houma each ran for a score. Jim Harbaugh’s first team ended a three-game losing streak at PSU. Michigan won by a final score of 28-16.
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Tom Brady took Michigan from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit (17-27) to a 31-27 win in 1999. Photo courtesy of the Bentley historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Michigan owns the longest winning streak in the series – 9 games. This feat was accomplished between 1997 and 2007. Penn State defeated the Wolverines in four straight games between 2008 and 2013.

Yes, all the numbers in this series favor Michigan, but not by much when they play in Pennsylvania. Of course, all that history has nothing to do with who wins today’s game, but it does tell us that the Wolverines do have a chance to leave State College with another win.


History tells us that the average score of the previous twenty Michigan football games played on October 19th is 26.5 to 11.9. So far, the average score for all twenty-two Michigan vs Penn State games is 25.4 to 24.8 in favor of the Wolverines. Yes, that is very, very close. If you look at the average score for a Michigan victory at State College the numbers are 25-12 for the Wolverines.

The odds makers favor Penn State by about 9 points. Yes, the Wolverines will have their hands full Saturday night, but they have the talent to win this very BIG game. Of course, it will take their best effort of the season to get the job done.

Michigan vs Penn State 2019 – My Prediction:

Michigan will win today if, and only if, they can win the turnover battle. It’s just that simple. This will be another BIG BOY FOOTBALL GAME. Some of the hits will register on the Richter Scale, just like they did in 1997! Michigan absolutely has the talent to compete with, and defeat, the seventh-ranked team in America.

This game will be a real nail-biter even if the Wolverines play their best. Both teams will make big plays on both sides of the ball. I look for a one-score victory margin in this very important game.

Final Score: Michigan 24 Penn State 20. Go Blue!

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