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Two more games added to Pitt-Penn State series

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In June of 2011, Penn State and Pittsburgh announced that in 2016 the two football programs would renew an in-state rivalry that had been dormant for over a decade.

A year and a half later, the rivalry has added a couple of additional dates on top of the original home-and-home series.

Penn State and Pitt, the schools announced via a press release, have reached an agreement on a two-year extension of the original pact for 2018 and 2019.  The Panthers will host the Nittany Lions at Heinz Field September 8, 2018, with Pitt traveling to Beaver Stadium September 14, 2019.

“It would be hard to find a college football fan anywhere who is not excited about this announcement,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “As one of the greatest rivalries in college football history, a further extension of the Pitt-Penn State series is special. I am very appreciative of Dave Joyner’s interest in getting this done and I have really enjoyed our conversations on this and other matters. This is a great day for the players, for the fans and for the entire state.”

The previously announced home-and-home dates are set as well: September 10, 2016 (Pitt) and September 16, 2017 (PSU).

The two schools have met in football 92 times, with the last coming in September of 2000.  Penn State holds a 50-42-4 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1893.

“We are thrilled to have the University of Pittsburgh back on the schedule for several consecutive years,” said PSU head coach Bill O’Brien. “Regional rivalries in college football are special.  I have been involved in a few as a coach. Penn State versus Pitt is a rivalry rich with history and tradition.  We have a great deal of respect for Paul Chryst and the Pitt Panther football program and we are looking forward to competing against them on the gridiron.”

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11 Responses to “Two more games added to Pitt-Penn State series”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 11:39 AM

    Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh Penn St Sucks!

    I’m not a Pitt fan but my wife went there and always says that.

    So I guess by proxy I’m a Pitt fan…

    I do think that Bill O’Brien should have won coach of the year.

  2. normtide says: Dec 7, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. And I agree on coach of the year.

  3. 668705p says: Dec 7, 2012 12:44 PM

    The old man must really hate this. I guess that he really is in HELL!!!!

  4. myroncopesflask says: Dec 7, 2012 1:18 PM

    JoePA is rolling over in his grave.. I could imagine what his reaction would be when asked about a home and home extension. “what…huh…what…ahhh get the hell off my lawn!!!

  5. dhlions says: Dec 7, 2012 2:55 PM

    Its going to be one helluva game whenever Tom Badley is the Pitt HC…

  6. andrewproughcfe says: Dec 7, 2012 4:18 PM

    Karma = Jackie Sherrill being honored on the field at the game in Happy Valley.

  7. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 7, 2012 4:53 PM

    We have a great deal of respect for Paul Chryst and the Pitt Panther football program and we are looking forward to competing against them on the gridiron.”
    As a Penn State fan, I completely agree. I just hope Bill is still our HC when 2016 rolls around and the first game in the series is actually played.

  8. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 8, 2012 10:41 AM

    Can’t wait to beat the pants off of the Nittany Kittens.

  9. dutchman1350 says: Dec 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    Looking forward to seeing a game at the Steelers stadium. Won’t be the normal “pitt – yellow out” for the first time in many Saturdays.

  10. corvusrex96 says: Dec 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    so basically for PSU to schedule Pitt home & home it took the demise of Joe PA and the biggest scandal in NCAA history. That is one big piece of humble pie

  11. psunick says: Dec 8, 2012 4:38 PM

    This is good. We should be able to handle Pitt even if we’re stripped of thirty scholarships a year

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