On November 28, 1998, Michigan State, led by Coach Nick Saban and spectacular wide-receiver Paxico Burress, came to challenge Penn State’s vaunted defense in front of a capacity home crowd of 96,358. The last game of the regular season was broadcast by ABC. The Nittany Lions won 51-28 and left the field with the Big Ten Land-Grant Trophy and a bid to the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

The NCAA says this game never happened.

Vacated Victory #6

It was Halloween, October 31, 1998. The Fighting Illini came trick or treating for a noon game at packed Beaver Stadium (96,508) against the #10 ranked Nittany Lions. They left with an empty bag, as Courtney Brown, Brandon Short and LaVar Arrington slammed the door shut for a 27-0 shutout.

The NCAA says this game never happened.

Vacated Victory #4

On October 10, 1998 #13 ranked Penn State traveled to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Metrodome. 40,546 were in attendance and ABC broadcast the game nationally at 3:30 EST. Travis Forney led the Lions to a 27-17 victory with four field goals of 30 yards, 27 yards, 50 yards and 31 yards in the enclosed stadium.

The NCAA says this game never happened.

Vacated Victory #3

On September 19, 1998 #8 ranked Penn State traveled to Pittsburgh as 26 point favorites. A capacity crowd of 56,743 filled Pitt Stadium for the intra-state rivalry and CBS broadcast the game nationally at 3:30 in the afternoon. The Panthers gave the Lions all they could handle and the game wasn’t decided until Pittsburgh natives LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short sacked quarterback Matt Lytle on three consecutive plays to secure a 20-13 victory.

The NCAA says this game never happened.

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