Backyard Brawl

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The Backyard Brawl
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Football History
1st Meeting October 26, 1895
Last Meeting November 25, 2011
Last Result WVU: 21–20
Next Meeting TBD
Number of Meetings 104
All-Time Series PITT: 61–40–3
Largest Victory PITT: 53–0 (11/08/1904)
Current Streak WVU: Won 3
Longest PITT Win Streak 15 (1929–46)
Longest WVU Win Streak 5 (1992–96)
Last Ten Games WVU: 7–3
Men's Basketball History
First meeting February 17, 1906
Last Meeting February 16, 2012
Last Result WVU: 66–48
Next Meeting TBD
Number of Meetings 184
All-Time Series WVU: 96–88
Largest victory WVU: 103–63 (2/14/1966)
Current Streak WVU: Won 1
Longest PITT Win Streak 9 (1/17/1931-1/26/1935)
Longest WVU Win Streak 13 (1/8/1957-2/2/1963)
Last Ten Games PITT: 6–4

The Backyard Brawl is a football rivalry between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and West Virginia University Mountaineers. The term "Backyard Brawl" has also been used to refer to college basketball games played annually or semi-annually and may also be used to refer to other athletic competitions between the two schools. It is a registered trademark for both universities,[1] and refers to the close proximity of the two universities, separated by 75 miles (105 km) along Interstate 79.

The football rivalry is the 14th oldest in the United States and is typically shown on national television. In the past, the Backyard Brawl has been seen on ABC, CBS, ESPN, and ESPN2. Through the 104 games played between these two schools, Pitt leads the series 61–40–3. On Saturday, December 1, 2007 the 100th edition of the Backyard Brawl took place at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 4–7 Panthers upset the 2nd–ranked Mountaineers 13–9, knocking West Virginia out of the BCS National Championship Game. The game was one of the most important Backyard Brawls, one of the biggest upsets for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and one of the biggest upsets of the season, voted as the "Game of the Year" by ESPNU.[2] The Mountaineers got revenge when the series returned to Morgantown in 2009, upsetting the No. 8 Panthers 19–16 on a game-ending field goal. The 2009 Backyard Brawl was the most watched game in the history of ESPN2.

History[edit]

The Backyard Brawl

School University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University
Logo PittPanthers.png West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Type State-related Public
Location Pittsburgh, PA Morgantown, WV
Conference ACC Big 12
Enrollment 28,766 29,616
School Colors Blue & Gold Old Gold & Blue
Nickname Panthers Mountaineers
Mascot "Roc" the Panther The Mountaineer
Football Stadium Heinz Field Mountaineer Field
Basketball Arena Petersen Events Center WVU Coliseum

The football series was first played in 1895, and the game has historically been one of the more intense rivalries in the eastern United States. The rivalry between the two schools is due mainly to proximity. WVU's campus in Morgantown, West Virginia is only about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh (via Interstate 79), and the two schools often compete for the same recruits.

The 1921 edition of the Backyard Brawl was the first college football game broadcast on the radio when Harold W. Arlin announced the 21–13 Pittsburgh victory on KDKA.[3]

From 1962-2011, the series alternated between Pittsburgh and Morgantown on a yearly basis. Before that, the games were held in Pittsburgh on an almost regular basis, with Morgantown occasionally hosting the game. At one point, Pittsburgh hosted the game 11 years in a row (1919–29) and also hosted eight straight contests between 1938–48. (There were no matchups from 1940–42.) In contrast, the most consecutive games West Virginia has hosted were four in a row from 1895–1901, with one of those games held in Fairmont, West Virginia, now the home to Fairmont State University, and one in Wheeling, West Virginia. The most consecutive games played in Morgantown, three, were held from 1932–34.

West Virginia started out the series leading, 5–1. Pittsburgh won four games in a row from 1904–08 (there was no game played in 1905) to tie the series at 5–5. In 1909, the teams played to a 0–0 tie, making the series 5–5–1. The following year, Pittsburgh won 38–0, taking a 6–5–1 lead in the series, and has led ever since. Since the series began interchanging annually between Morgantown and Pittsburgh in 1963, the Mountaineers have held a 25–22–2 advantage over the Panthers.

On November 25, 2004, the Backyard Brawl series saw its 97th game, surpassing the 96–game Penn State–Pittsburgh football rivalry as Pittsburgh's most–played rivalry game. Pittsburgh celebrated the event with a 16–13 win at Heinz Field.

The Mountaineers and the Panthers wore Nike Pro Combat System of Dress, uniforms designed to pay respect to Pittsburgh's steel industry and West Virginia's coal mining industry, for the 2010 Backyard Brawl. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, West Virginia wore a shade of white "that looks as if it has a fine layer of dust on the jersey" and has accents in university gold that "references the canaries used long ago to test toxicity in mines." The helmet has a thin yellow line, designed to look like "the beam of light emitted by a miner's headlamp." Meanwhile Pitt wore smoky college navy and black jerseys and pants with metallic team gold numerals "to represent the brilliant glow of a blast furnace," according to a Nike website, and matching helmets with a gold stripe and logo "evocative of steel I-beams" and resembling a hard hat.[4] West Virginia won the game in Pittsburgh 35–10.

In 2011, the rivalry took on a new look with the high powered offenses of Todd Graham and Dana Holgorsen coming to Pittsburgh and West Virginia, respectively. Holgorsen, formerly the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, and Graham, formerly the head coach for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, had offenses ranked 6th and 8th, respectively, in the nation in the 2010 season.[5] West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh 21–20, in what turned out to be Graham's only Backyard Brawl due to his departure for Arizona State University in the offseason. For the 2012 season, West Virginia moved to the Big 12 Conference while Pitt will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.[6] The 2012 season was the first time the two teams did not meet since 1942.

Beginning in 2014, the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida will match an ACC team and a Big 12 team. Thus, it will be possible for the teams to meet in that bowl, or also in a bowl that is part of the College Football Playoff.[7]

On July 3, 2013, the Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph reported that WVU athletic director Oliver Luck commented on possibly reviving the Backyard Brawl: "We've talked to Pitt, but they've got a lot going on, because they're trying to get Penn State back on their schedule...they're trying to figure out when they can squeeze us in. Their AD and I just talked last week, so we're trying to get that set up. It's all about dates. I think it will get done, but it's all a matter of when."[8] On June 18, 2014, ESPN quoted Luck: "At some point we’ll get Pitt back on the schedule, What I’m trying to do with our nonconference games is stay as regional as possible and rekindle some of our historical rivalries...I see [Pitt athletic director] Steve Pederson every now and then at various conventions. And we’ve had some discussions about that. We just haven’t been able to really eyeball the proper time to get it going again."[9] However, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in May 2014: "Pederson said he has not had any substantive discussions with Mountaineers athletic director Oliver Luck about reviving the Backyard Brawl."[10]

Location[edit]

The 1908 edition of the Backyard Brawl at Exposition Park

The location of the Backyard Brawl has varied much throughout its history. The very first football game took place in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1895. The next meeting, in 1898, was held in Fairmont, a short distance south of Morgantown. The third and fourth contests were held in Morgantown. The year 1902 marked the first time the game was held in Pittsburgh, at Exposition Park, the North Shore home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 1910 was the first time the Backyard Brawl was held on the Pittsburgh campus, at brand-new Forbes Field. The series was held here for eight of the next nine years, until the opening of Pitt Stadium in 1925 on the opposite end of the University of Pittsburgh campus. Pitt Stadium hosted 5 straight games, until in 1930, the Backyard Brawl found itself at yet another new location, Mountaineer Field, on the campus of West Virginia University, which had opened in 1924. Another change in location occurred in 1981, when the game was played at a new Mountaineer Field in Morgantown. In 1998 and 2000, the game was played at Three Rivers Stadium. The most recent change took place in 2002, when the Backyard Brawl was played for the first time at Heinz Field, the new, full-time home of the Panthers, a year after it was opened.

Football game results[edit]

The 1982 edition of the Backyard Brawl

Pittsburgh victories shaded in ██ blue. West Virginia victories are shaded ██ gold. [11]

# Date Site Winning team Losing team TV Series
1 October 26, 1895 Wheeling, West Virginia West Virginia 8 Pittsburgh 0 WVU 1–0
2 November 4, 1898 Fairmont, West Virginia West Virginia 6 Pittsburgh 0 WVU 2–0
3 October 6, 1900 Morgantown West Virginia 6 Pittsburgh 5 WVU 3–0
4 October 5, 1901 Morgantown Pittsburgh 12 West Virginia 0 WVU 3–1
5 October 22, 1902 Exposition Park West Virginia 23 Pittsburgh 6 WVU 4–1
6 October 3, 1903 Morgantown West Virginia 24 Pittsburgh 6 WVU 5–1
7 November 8, 1904 Exposition Park Pittsburgh 53 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–2
8 November 10, 1906 Exposition Park Pittsburgh 17 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–3
9 November 9, 1907 Exposition Park Pittsburgh 10 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–4
10 November 7, 1908 Exposition Park Pittsburgh 11 West Virginia 0 Tied 5–5
11 November 6, 1909 Morgantown West Virginia 0 Pittsburgh 0 Tied 5–5–1
12 November 5, 1910 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 38 West Virginia 0 PITT 6–5–1
13 October 11, 1913 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 40 West Virginia 0 PITT 7–5–1
14 September 29, 1917 Morgantown Pittsburgh 14 West Virginia 9 PITT 8–5–1
15 October 11, 1919 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 26 West Virginia 0 PITT 9–5–1
16 October 9, 1920 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 34 West Virginia 13 PITT 10–5–1
17 October 8, 1921 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 21 West Virginia 13 PITT 11–5–1
18 October 14, 1922 Forbes Field West Virginia 9 Pittsburgh 6 PITT 11–6–1
19 October 13, 1923 Forbes Field West Virginia 13 Pittsburgh 7 PITT 11–7–1
20 October 11, 1924 Forbes Field Pittsburgh 14 West Virginia 7 PITT 12–7–1
21 October 10, 1925 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 15 West Virginia 7 PITT 13–7–1
22 November 6, 1926 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 17 West Virginia 7 PITT 14–7–1
23 October 8, 1927 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 40 West Virginia 0 PITT 15–7–1
24 October 13, 1928 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 9 Pittsburgh 6 PITT 15–8–1
25 October 8, 1929 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 27 West Virginia 7 PITT 16–8–1
26 October 4, 1930 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 16 West Virginia 0 PITT 17–8–1
27 October 10, 1931 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 34 West Virginia 0 PITT 18–8–1
28 October 1, 1932 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 40 West Virginia 0 PITT 19–8–1
29 October 7, 1933 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 21 West Virginia 0 PITT 20–8–1
30 October 6, 1934 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 27 West Virginia 6 PITT 21–8–1
31 October 12, 1935 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 24 West Virginia 6 PITT 22–8–1
32 October 3, 1936 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 34 West Virginia 0 PITT 23–8–1
33 October 2, 1937 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 20 West Virginia 0 PITT 24–8–1
34 September 24, 1938 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 19 West Virginia 0 PITT 25–8–1
35 October 7, 1939 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 20 West Virginia 0 PITT 26–8–1
36 October 9, 1943 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 20 West Virginia 0 PITT 27–8–1
37 September 23, 1944 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 26 West Virginia 13 PITT 28–8–1
38 September 29, 1945 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 30 West Virginia 0 PITT 29–8–1
39 September 28, 1946 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 33 West Virginia 7 PITT 30–8–1
40 November 29, 1947 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 17 Pittsburgh 2 PITT 30–9–1
41 October 9, 1948 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 16 West Virginia 6 PITT 31–9–1
42 October 8, 1949 Mountaineer Field # 19 Pittsburgh 20 West Virginia 7 PITT 32–9–1
43 November 4, 1950 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 21 West Virginia 7 PITT 33–9–1
44 November 17, 1951 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 32 West Virginia 12 PITT 34–9–1
45 October 25, 1952 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 16 #18 Pittsburgh 0 PITT 34–10–1
46 September 26, 1953 Pitt Stadium #16 West Virginia 17 #17 Pittsburgh 7 PITT 34–11–1
47 October 30, 1954 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 13 #7 West Virginia 10 PITT 35–11–1
48 November 12, 1955 Pitt Stadium #17 Pittsburgh 26 #6 West Virginia 7 PITT 36–11–1
49 September 22, 1956 Mountaineer Field #10 Pittsburgh 14 West Virginia 13 PITT 37–11–1
50 November 9, 1957 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 7 Pittsburgh 6 PITT 37–12–1
51 October 18, 1958 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 15 West Virginia 8 PITT 38–12–1
52 October 17, 1959 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 23 #20 Pittsburgh 15 PITT 38–13–1
53 October 15, 1960 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 42 West Virginia 0 PITT 39–13–1
54 October 14, 1961 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 20 Pittsburgh 6 PITT 39–14–1
55 October 13, 1962 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 15 Pittsburgh 8 PITT 39–15–1
56 October 19, 1963 Mountaineer Field #3 Pittsburgh 13 West Virginia 10 CBS PITT 40–15–1
57 October 10, 1964 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 14 West Virginia 0 PITT 41–15–1
58 October 2, 1965 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 63 Pittsburgh 48 PITT 41–16–1
59 October 8, 1966 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 17 West Virginia 14 PITT 42–16–1
60 October 7, 1967 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 15 Pittsburgh 0 PITT 42–17–1
61 September 28, 1968 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 38 Pittsburgh 15 PITT 42–18–1
62 October 25, 1969 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 49 Pittsburgh 18 PITT 42–19–1
63 October 17, 1970 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 36 West Virginia 35 PITT 43–19–1
64 October 2, 1971 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 20 Pittsburgh 9 PITT 43–20–1
65 November 4, 1972 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 38 Pittsburgh 20 PITT 43–21–1
66 October 13, 1973 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 35 West Virginia 7 PITT 44–21–1
67 October 12, 1974 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 31 West Virginia 14 PITT 45–21–1
68 November 8, 1975 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 17 #20 Pittsburgh 14 ABC PITT 45–22–1
69 November 13, 1976 Pitt Stadium #1 Pittsburgh 24 West Virginia 16 ABC PITT 46–22–1
70 November 5, 1977 Mountaineer Field #12 Pittsburgh 44 West Virginia 3 PITT 47–22–1
71 November 11, 1978 Pitt Stadium #20 Pittsburgh 52 West Virginia 7 PITT 48–22–1
72 November 10, 1979 Mountaineer Field #12 Pittsburgh 24 West Virginia 17 PITT 49–22–1
73 October 18, 1980 Pitt Stadium #11 Pittsburgh 42 West Virginia 14 PITT 50–22–1
74 October 10, 1981 Mountaineer Field* #4 Pittsburgh 17 West Virginia 0 PITT 51–22–1
75 October 2, 1982 Pitt Stadium #2 Pittsburgh 16 #14 West Virginia 13 ABC PITT 52–22–1
76 October 1, 1983 Mountaineer Field #7 West Virginia 24 Pittsburgh 21 CBS PITT 52–23–1
77 September 29, 1984 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 28 Pittsburgh 10 PITT 52–24–1
78 September 28, 1985 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 10 Pittsburgh 10 PITT 52–24–2
79 September 27, 1986 Pitt Stadium Pittsburgh 48 West Virginia 16 PITT 53–24–2
80 September 26, 1987 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 6 West Virginia 3 PITT 54–24–2
81 September 24, 1988 Pitt Stadium #12 West Virginia 31 Pittsburgh 10 PITT 54–25–2
82 September 30, 1989 Mountaineer Field #9 West Virginia 31 #10 Pittsburgh 31 ESPN PITT 54–25–3
83 September 29, 1990 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 38 Pittsburgh 24 PITT 54–26–3
84 August 31, 1991 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 34 West Virginia 3 ESPN PITT 55–26–3
85 September 12, 1992 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 44 Pittsburgh 6 PITT 55–27–3
86 October 23, 1993 Mountaineer Field #18 West Virginia 42 Pittsburgh 21 PITT 55–28–3
87 October 15, 1994 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 47 Pittsburgh 41 PITT 55–29–3
88 November 24, 1995 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 21 Pittsburgh 0 ESPN PITT 55–30–3
89 August 31, 1996 Pitt Stadium West Virginia 34 Pittsburgh 0 ESPN PITT 55–31–3
90 November 28, 1997 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 41 West Virginia 38 CBS PITT 56–31–3
91 November 27, 1998 Three Rivers Stadium West Virginia 52 Pittsburgh 14 CBS PITT 56–32–3
92 November 27, 1999 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 52 Pittsburgh 21 ESPN PITT 56–33–3
93 November 24, 2000 Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh 38 West Virginia 28 CBS PITT 57–33–3
94 November 24, 2001 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 23 West Virginia 17 ESPN PITT 58–33–3
95 November 30, 2002 Heinz Field #24 West Virginia 24 #17 Pittsburgh 17 ABC PITT 58–34–3
96 November 15, 2003 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 52 #16 Pittsburgh 31 ESPN2 PITT 58–35–3
97 November 25, 2004 Heinz Field Pittsburgh 16 #21 West Virginia 13 ESPN PITT 59–35–3
98 November 24, 2005 Mountaineer Field #12 West Virginia 45 Pittsburgh 13 ESPN PITT 59–36–3
99 November 16, 2006 Heinz Field #8 West Virginia 45 Pittsburgh 27 ESPN PITT 59–37–3
100 December 1, 2007 Mountaineer Field Pittsburgh 13 #2 West Virginia 9 ESPN PITT 60–37–3
101 November 28, 2008 Heinz Field Pittsburgh 19 West Virginia 15 ABC PITT 61–37–3
102 November 27, 2009 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 19 #8 Pittsburgh 16 ESPN2 PITT 61–38–3
103 November 26, 2010 Heinz Field West Virginia 35 Pittsburgh 10 ABC PITT 61–39–3
104 November 25, 2011 Mountaineer Field West Virginia 21 Pittsburgh 20 ESPN PITT 61–40–3

Basketball[edit]

The basketball rivalry between the two schools began on February 17, 1905. The teams began competing annually since 1918, and have played each other at least once every season since then.[12] Pitt began playing basketball in the Big East Conference in 1982–83, with the Mountaineers joining in 1995–96. The basketball rivalry has heated up over the last several years as each team has been among the best in the country and the games have taken on added significance. On February 9, 2006, for the first time in the history of the series, in the 169th edition, Pitt and WVU were both nationally ranked as they squared off in Pitt's Petersen Events Center. Pitt won, but a few weeks later, the two ranked teams played at WVU Coliseum with the Mountaineers winning. In the 2008–09 season, the Panthers swept both games during the regular season and came into the tournament ranked No. 2, but were upset by the Mountaineers in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.

During a February 2010 game when Pittsburgh visited West Virginia, several times during the course of the game, West Virginia fans threw objects at the Pittsburgh team. A Pittsburgh assistant coach was injured when an object was thrown at him. The actions received widespread attention. During the second half of the game, coach Bob Huggins used a microphone to address the fans. West Virginia University President Jim Clements issued an apology to the University of Pittsburgh community. Additionally, West Virginia vowed to address security, as the incident closing followed similar occurrences in games against Syracuse and Ohio State.[13][14][15] This game was followed with a rematch nine days later in Pittsburgh, and while there were no off-court incidents,[16] the game proved to be one of the most memorable in the history of the series as the 25th ranked Panthers upset the fourth ranked Mountaineers 98–95 in the first triple overtime basketball game to be played between the two schools.[17][18]

The 2011–12 season marked the end of the Brawl within Big East conference play. Pitt and WVU traded road wins, with Pitt winning in Morgantown 72–66, and WVU winning at the Petersen Events Center for only the second time ever 66–48. The future of the rivalry is in question as WVU will play in the Big 12 in 2012–13 and Pitt moved to the ACC the following year.

In women's basketball, West Virginia leads the modern series, begun in 1975, 25–18.

Basketball Results: Pittsburgh victories shaded in ██ blue. West Virginia victories are shaded ██ gold.

# Date Site Winning team Losing team TV Series
1 February 17, 1906 Duquense Gardens W.U.P. 30 West Virginia 25 W.U.P. 1–0
2 February 14, 1907 Duquense Gardens W.U.P. 44 West Virginia 14 W.U.P. 2–0
3 March 2, 1907 WVU Armory West Virginia 26 W.U.P. 20 W.U.P. 2–1
4 January 18, 1908 Duquense Gardens Pittsburgh 58 West Virginia 20 PITT 3–1
5 March 7, 1908 WVU Armory Pittsburgh 20 West Virginia 19 PITT 4–1
6 January 29, 1915 Pittsburgh 42 West Virginia 18 PITT 5–1
7 January 10, 1918 Trees Gymnasium Pittsburgh 30 West Virginia 20 PITT 6–1
8 January 25, 1918 The Ark Pittsburgh 36 West Virginia 24 PITT 7–1
9 January 16, 1919 West Virginia 35 Pittsburgh 29 PITT 8–2
10 March 1, 1919 The Ark Pittsburgh 33 West Virginia 30 PITT 9–2
11 January 15, 1920 Trees Gymnasium Pittsburgh 38 West Virginia 27 PITT 10–2
12 January 31, 1920 The Ark West Virgina 28 Pittsburgh 26 PITT 10-3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Backyard Brawl serial number 77745437". Alexandria, VA: US Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ 100th Backyard Brawl Voted "Game of the Year" by ESPNU Fans
  3. ^ Sciullo Jr, Sam, ed. (1991). 1991 Pitt Football: University of Pittsburgh Football Media Guide. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Sports Information Office. p. 116. 
  4. ^ Gorman, Kevin (September 2, 2010). "Pitt-WVU Backyard Brawl to feature Nike Pro Combat uniforms". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Archived from the original on September 5, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2010 NCAA Division I-A College Football Team Statistics Leaders for Total". ESPN College Football. ESPN. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bogaczyk, Jack (2011-11-21). "Does Backyard Brawl have a future?". Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV). Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/8/7/4598866/acc-bowl-game-lineup-new
  8. ^ Huffman, Cam (July 3, 2013). "WVU, VT to renew football series; Rivals will trade home games in 2021, 2022". Bluefield Daily Herald. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ Trotter, Jake (June 18, 2014). "Big 12 schools look to schedule old rivals". Big 12 Blog. ESPN. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Werner, Sam (May 21, 2014). "Pitt’s TV windfall pays fast dividend". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pittsburgh vs West Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  12. ^ Greg Hotchkiss, 2008–2009 Pitt Men's Basketball Media Guide, University of Pittsburgh Athletic Media Relations Office, pg. 178, accessdate-2008-12-02
  13. ^ http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2010/02/04/wvu-president-clements-apologizes-to-pitt-for-fan-behavior-promises-to-increase-security
  14. ^ http://wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=74108
  15. ^ Rodgers, Ann (2010-02-06). "West Virginia hastens to improve security at basketball games". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  16. ^ Smizik, Bob (2010-02-13). "Hail to Pitt fans!". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  17. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-02-13). "Pitt defeats West Virginia, 98–95, in triple overtime". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  18. ^ Associated Press (2010-02-12). "Pitt avenges Morgantown loss, fights off West Virginia in three OTs". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 

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