Penn State did not field teams from 1882 through 1886.
Penn State played its first season in 1887, The teams played its home games on the Old Main lawn on campus in State College, Pennsylvania.
Penn State took an early 24–0 lead, whereupon Muncy was allowed 14 players rather than the usual 11. An early mascot was "Old Coaly", a mule that hauled stone for the original Old Main (completed in 1863 and demolished in 1929).
Bill Hollenback took over the Nittany Lions as head coach for the 1909 season and went undefeated at 5–0–2, Paterno spent 46 seasons as the head football coach, the longest tenure of any head coach in the FBS, and 16 more seasons as an assistant, making his 62 total years coaching at Penn State the most of any coach at any school.
In 1891, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association (PIFA) was formed.(Northwest Mississippi CC) Dominic Livingston DT | 6-3 | 350 | Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis High School)Kenan Jones WR | 6-3 | 200 | Berwick, La.(Berwick High School) Chris Curry RB | 5-11 | 200 | Lehigh Acres, Fla.The Nittany Lions compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big Ten Conference, which they joined in 1993 after playing as an Independent from their founding through 1992.Established in 1887, the Nittany Lions have achieved numerous on-field successes, the most notable of which include two consensus national championships (19), four Big Ten Conference Championships (in 1994, 2005, 2008, and 2016), and 48 appearances in college bowl games, with a postseason bowl record of 29–17–2.