BACKYARD BRAWL IS BACK: Pitt, WVU to renew football rivalry in 2022

BACKYARD BRAWL IS BACK: Pitt, WVU to renew football rivalry in 2022

PITTSBURGH — The “Backyard Brawl” is coming back!

University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced Thursday a four-year agreement that will span the 2022-25 seasons.

The Panthers will host the initial game on September 17, 2022, and again on September 14, 2024.

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Pitt will play return games in Morgantown on September 16, 2023, and September 13, 2025.

"Pitt and West Virginia have a long and storied rivalry that dates back to the 19th century," Barnes said. "I've learned there is a lot of passion surrounding this game and we're pleased to be able to rekindle that history.

“We also continue to have productive conversations with Penn State,” Barnes added. “Although Penn State’s scheduling opportunities are limited in the early part of the 2020s, we are hopeful we will be able to expand upon our current four-year agreement that begins next year.

“An unfortunate byproduct of conference realignment has been the interruption of numerous traditional rivalries across the country. Everyone wins when two great series like Pitt-Penn State and Pitt-West Virginia are renewed, especially the student-athletes and fans of college football.”

West Virginia is the Panthers’ most-played opponent with 104 games from 1895 to 2011. Pitt leads the all-time series, 61-40-3.

PITT-WEST VIRGINIA FUTURE MEETINGS (Pitt leads series, 61-40-3)

  • September 17, 2022          at Pittsburgh
  • September 16, 2023          at West Virginia
  • September 14, 2024          at Pittsburgh
  • September 13, 2025          at West Virginia