Back in late July, it was reported that Penn State and West Virginia were close to renewing what was once considered a rivalry.
Today, that’s come to fruition, although the on-field payoff will come quite a few years on down the road.
In a press release, Penn State and West Virginia announced that they have indeed reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. Penn State will host the Mountaineers on September 2, 2023, in Beaver Stadium and the Nittany Lions will travel to Morgantown on August 31, 2024.
The two programs last played in 1992.
“We are excited to announce this football series with West Virginia,” PSU athletic director Dave Joyner said in a statement. “The renewal of our West Virginia rivalry is a series our alumni and fans have wanted to see on our future schedules. I am appreciative of the efforts of Oliver Luck in getting our two schools together again. As we prepare to move to a nine-game Big Ten schedule (2016), I am very pleased that we have been to able to schedule old rivals like West Virginia and Pitt and add Virginia Tech in upcoming years.”
The two football programs met every year between 1947-1992, and the first meeting came back in 1904. All told, the two have met 59 times; that’s the third-most against a single team for both Penn State and West Virginia, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse serving as each program’s most-played rivalries.
The Nittany Lions own a significant 48-9-2 edge in the series.
“I know how exciting it was to play in Beaver Stadium and to have the Nittany Lions come to Morgantown,” WVU AD Oliver Luck said.” I think the renewal of this series will be great for the fan bases of the two schools as both locations provide an easy drive. I want to thank Athletic Director Dave Joyner and Coach Bill O’Brien for their efforts in getting this series renewed. Both Universities have rich traditions and history, and to be able to revive the memories and the fun is what makes college football so special.”