Backyard Brawl

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The Backyard Brawl
Backyard Brawl logo.jpg
Football History
First Meeting October 26, 1895
First Meeting Result West Virginia 8, W.U.P. 0
Last Meeting November 25, 2011
Last Result West Virginia 21, Pittsburgh 20
Next Meeting September 17, 2022
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
First Meeting Result W.U.P. 30, West Virginia 25
Last Meeting February 16, 2012
Last Result WVU: 66–48
Next Meeting December 9, 2017
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 an American college 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, one of the biggest upsets of the season, and was 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 Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg 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.

On December 1, 2007, the 100th Backyard Brawl took place. Pittsburgh upset WVU by a score of 13–9. Coming into the game, WVU was ranked first in the Coaches' Poll and second in both the BCS and AP Poll. With the loss, WVU's BCS National Championship Game chances were lowered.

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 non-conference 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] In September 2015 it was confirmed the two had agreed to a four-game series running from 2022–25.[11][12]

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, which had opened in 1924 on the campus of West Virginia University. 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
West Virginia University football quarterback Jeff Hostetler scoring a touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh victories are shaded ██ blue. West Virginia victories are shaded ██ gold. Ties are white.[13]

# Date Site Winning team Losing team TV Series
1 October 26, 1895 Wheeling, West Virginia West Virginia 8 W.U.P. 0 WVU 1–0
2 November 4, 1898 Fairmont, West Virginia West Virginia 6 W.U.P. 0 WVU 2–0
3 October 6, 1900 Morgantown West Virginia 6 W.U.P. 5 WVU 3–0
4 October 5, 1901 Morgantown W.U.P. 12 West Virginia 0 WVU 3–1
5 October 22, 1902 Exposition Park West Virginia 23 W.U.P. 6 WVU 4–1
6 October 3, 1903 Morgantown West Virginia 24 W.U.P. 6 WVU 5–1
7 November 8, 1904 Exposition Park W.U.P. 53 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–2
8 November 10, 1906 Exposition Park W.U.P. 17 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–3
9 November 9, 1907 Exposition Park W.U.P. 10 West Virginia 0 WVU 5–4
10 November 7, 1908 Exposition Park W.U.P. 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.[14] 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.[15][16][17] This game was followed with a rematch nine days later in Pittsburgh, and while there were no off-court incidents,[18] 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.[19][20]

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 began playing in the Big 12 in 2012, while Pitt moved to the ACC in 2013.

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

The 2011 women's Backyard Brawl in Pittsburgh.

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 Duquesne Gardens W.U.P. 30 West Virginia 25 W.U.P. 1–0
2 February 14, 1907 Duquesne 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 Duquesne 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 7–2
10 March 1, 1919 The Ark Pittsburgh 33 West Virginia 30 PITT 8–2
11 January 15, 1920 Trees Gymnasium Pittsburgh 38 West Virginia 27 PITT 9–2
12 January 31, 1920 The Ark West Virginia 28 Pittsburgh 26 PITT 9-3
13 March 6, 1920 Pittsburgh 33 West Virginia 24 PITT 10-3
14 February 17, 1921 Pittsburgh 45 West Virginia 32 PITT 11-3
15 March 12, 1921 West Virginia 43 Pittsburgh 24 PITT 11-4
16 January 20, 1922 Pittsburgh 37 West Virginia 27 PITT 12-4
17 March 11, 1922 Pittsburgh 31 West Virginia 26 PITT 13-4
18 January 18, 1923 Pittsburgh 26 West Virginia 21 PITT 14-4
19 March 3, 1923 West Virginia 33 Pittsburgh 28 PITT 14-5
20 January 17, 1924 West Virginia 25 Pittsburgh 23 PITT 14-6
21 March 10, 1924 West Virginia 28 Pittsburgh 14 PITT 14-7
22 January 16, 1925 West Virginia 30 Pittsburgh 22 PITT 14-8
23 February 28, 1925 West Virginia 35 Pittsburgh 25 PITT 14-9
24 January 22, 1926 Pittsburgh 38 West Virginia 23 PITT 15-9
25 February 26, 1926 West Virginia 37 Pittsburgh 30 PITT 15-10
26 January 20, 1927 West Virginia 29 Pittsburgh 23 PITT 15-11
27 March 3, 1927 Pittsburgh 43 West Virginia 33 PITT 16-11
28 January 18, 1928 Pittsburgh 51 West Virginia 26 PITT 17-11
29 March 2, 1928 Pittsburgh 45 West Virginia 42 PITT 18-11
30 January 18, 1929 West Virginia 40 Pittsburgh 35 PITT 18-12
31 March 2, 1929 Pittsburgh 41 West Virginia 19 PITT 19-12
32 February 22, 1930 Pittsburgh 21 West Virginia 19 PITT 20-12
33 March 18, 1930 West Virginia 33 Pittsburgh 25 PITT 20-13
34 January 17, 1931 Pittsburgh 17 West Virginia 15 PITT 21-13
35 March 11, 1931 Pittsburgh 24 West Virginia 22 PITT 22-13
36 January 29, 1932 Pittsburgh 33 West Virginia 27 PITT 23-13
37 March 8, 1932 Pittsburgh 22 West Virginia 19 PITT 24-13
38 January 28, 1933 Pittsburgh 42 West Virginia 20 PITT 25-13
39 March 11, 1933 Pittsburgh 45 West Virginia 35 PITT 26-13
40 January 27, 1934 Pittsburgh 42 West Virginia 21 PITT 27-13
41 March 10, 1934 Pittsburgh 27 West Virginia 26 PITT 28-13
42 January 26 , 1935 Pittsburgh 35 West Virginia 34 PITT 29-13
43 March 13, 1935 #21 West Virginia 43 Pittsburgh 26 PITT 29-14
44 March 18 , 1935 Pittsburgh 35 West Virginia 22 PITT 30-14
45 January 25, 1936 Pittsburgh 41 West Virginia 26 PITT 31-14
46 March 11, 1936 West Virginia 43 Pittsburgh 42 PITT 31-15
47 January 30, 1937 Pittsburgh 44 West Virginia 36 PITT 32-15
48 March 13, 1937 Pittsburgh 48 West Virginia 42 PITT 33-15
49 January 29, 1938 Pittsburgh 43 West Virginia 40 PITT 34-15
50 March 12, 1938 West Virginia 38 Pittsburgh 35 PITT 34-16
51 February 18, 1939 West Virginia 45 Pittsburgh 42 PITT 34-17
52 March 11, 1939 Pittsburgh 49 West Virginia 43 PITT 35-17
53 February 20, 1940 Pittsburgh 68 West Virginia 49 PITT 36-17
54 March 9, 1940 West Virginia 42 Pittsburgh 35 PITT 36-18
55 February 11, 1941 Pittsburgh 56 West Virginia 45 PITT 37-18
56 February 4, 1942 West Virginia 66 Pittsburgh 47 PITT 37-19
57 January 9, 1943 Pittsburgh 48 West Virginia 33 PITT 38-19
58 February 27, 1943 West Virginia 82 Pittsburgh 64 PITT 38-20
59 February 16, 1944 Pittsburgh 59 West Virginia 55 PITT 39-20
60 February 26, 1944 Pittsburgh 60 West Virginia 57 PITT 40-20
61 February 21, 1945 Pittsburgh 55 West Virginia 34 PITT 41-20
62 February 24, 1945 West Virginia 50 Pittsburgh 47 PITT 41-21
63 February 13, 1946 #7 West Virginia 61 Pittsburgh 41 PITT 41-22
64 March 2, 1946 #7 West Virginia 81 Pittsburgh 61 PITT 41-23
65 February 12, 1947 #12 West Virginia 52 Pittsburgh 41 PITT 41-24
66 March 1, 1947 #12 West Virginia 72 Pittsburgh 59 PITT 41-25
67 February 20, 1948 #12 West Virginia 70 Pittsburgh 59 PITT 41-26
68 March 6, 1948 #12 West Virginia 52 Pittsburgh 36 PITT 41-27
69 February 16, 1949 West Virginia 54 Pittsburgh 51 PITT 41-28
70 March 5, 1949 Pittsburgh 34 West Virginia 32 PITT 42-28
71 February 25, 1950 Pittsburgh 55 West Virginia 53 PITT 43-28
72 March 4, 1950 West Virginia 59 Pittsburgh 53 PITT 43-29
73 February 17, 1951 West Virginia 56 Pittsburgh 52 PITT 43-30
74 February 26, 1951 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 74 West Virginia 72 PITT 44-30
75 January 12, 1952 #11 West Virginia 79 Pittsburgh 60 PITT 44-31
76 January 30, 1952 Fitzgerald Field House #10 West Virginia 67 Pittsburgh 47 PITT 44-32
77 January 20, 1953 West Virginia 95 Pittsburgh 70 PITT 44-33
78 February 12, 1953 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 67 West Virginia 65 PITT 45-33
79 January 16, 1954 Pittsburgh 70 West Virginia 59 PITT 46-33
80 February 16, 1954 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 83 West Virginia 64 PITT 47-33
81 January 29, 1955 West Virginia 88 Pittsburgh 74 PITT 47-34
82 February 16, 1955 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 93 Pittsburgh 86 PITT 47-35
83 January 18, 1956 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 84 Pittsburgh 70 PITT 47-36
84 February 25, 1956 Pittsburgh 94 West Virginia 77 PITT 48-36
85 January 8, 1957 Fitzgerald Field House #18 West Virginia 89 Pittsburgh 86 PITT 48-37
86 February 23, 1957 #14 West Virginia 107 Pittsburgh 93 PITT 48-38
87 January 15, 1958 Fitzgerald Field House #1 West Virginia 71 Pittsburgh 64 PITT 48-39
88 February 22, 1958 #3 West Virginia 99 Pittsburgh 86 PITT 48-40
89 February 3, 1959 #10 West Virginia 73 Pittsburgh 64 PITT 48-41
90 February 18, 1959 Fitzgerald Field House #11 West Virginia 90 Pittsburgh 69 PITT 48-42
91 January 27, 1960 Fitzgerald Field House #4 West Virginia 76 Pittsburgh 66 PITT 48-43
92 February 20, 1960 #5 West Virginia 89 Pittsburgh 75 PITT 48-44
93 January 18, 1961 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 73 Pittsburgh 68 PITT 48-45
94 February 18, 1961 #10 West Virginia 92 Pittsburgh 84 PITT 48-46
95 January 20, 1962 West Virginia 88 Pittsburgh 78 PITT 48-47
96 February 7, 1962 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 80 Pittsburgh 76 TIED 48-48
97 February 2, 1963 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 68 Pittsburgh 67 WVU 49-48
98 February 13, 1963 Pittsburgh 69 West Virginia 68 TIED 49-49
99 January 18, 1964 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 92 West Virginia 76 PITT 50-49
100 February 12, 1964 West Virginia 86 Pittsburgh 84 TIED 50-50
101 January 11, 1965 West Virginia 86 Pittsburgh 72 WVU 51-50
102 January 26, 1965 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 76 Pittsburgh 75 WVU 52-50
103 January 25, 1966 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 90 Pittsburgh 79 WVU 53-50
104 February 14, 1966 West Virginia 103 Pittsburgh 63 WVU 54-50
105 January 18, 1967 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 102 Pittsburgh 78 WVU 55-50
106 February 6, 1967 West Virginia 81 Pittsburgh 62 WVU 56-50
107 January 17, 1968 West Virginia 90 Pittsburgh 64 WVU 57-50
108 February 21, 1968 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 87 Pittsburgh 76 WVU 58-50
109 January 28, 1969 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 90 West Virginia 87 WVU 58-51
110 February 12, 1969 West Virginia 89 Pittsburgh 69 WVU 59-51
111 January 14, 1970 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 67 Pittsburgh 66 WVU 60-51
112 March 3, 1970 Pittsburgh 92 West Virginia 87 WVU 60-52
113 February 3, 1971 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 95 Pittsburgh 91 WVU 61-52
114 March 3, 1971 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 66 Pittsburgh 64 WVU 62-52
115 January 10, 1972 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 91 West Virginia 76 WVU 62-53
116 March 4, 1972 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 104 Pittsburgh 90 WVU 63-53
117 February 5, 1973 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 77 West Virginia 64 WVU 63-54
118 February 27, 1973 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 59 Pittsburgh 58 WVU 64-54
119 December 1, 1973 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 82 Pittsburgh 78 WVU 65-54
120 March 2, 1974 Fitzgerald Field House #11 Pittsburgh 83 West Virginia 78 WVU 65-55
121 December 3, 1974 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 82 Pittsburgh 78 WVU 66-55
122 February 12, 1975 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 83 West Virginia 77 WVU 66-56
123 March 7, 1975 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 75 Pittsburgh 73 WVU 67-56
124 January 7, 1976 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 70 West Virginia 61 WVU 67-57
125 February 11, 1976 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 85 Pittsburgh 72 WVU 68-57
126 January 3, 1977 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 100 Pittsburgh 91 WVU 69-57
127 February 9, 1977 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 90 Pittsburgh 69 WVU 70-57
128 March 2, 1977 The Palestra West Virginia 66 Pittsburgh 54 WVU 71-57
129 January 4, 1978 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 71 West Virginia 66 WVU 71-58
130 February 8, 1978 WVU Coliseum Pittsburgh 87 West Virginia 76 WVU 71-59
131 January 20, 1979 Wheeling, WV West Virginia 93 Pittsburgh 92 WVU 72-59
132 February 3, 1979 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 72 West Virginia 57 WVU 72-60
133 February 2, 1980 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 68 Pittsburgh 66 WVU 73-60
134 February 16, 1980 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 67 Pittsburgh 66 WVU 74-60
135 January 31, 1981 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 76 Pittsburgh 63 WVU 75-60
136 February 21, 1981 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 81 West Virginia 64 WVU 75-61
137 January 29, 1982 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 48 Pittsburgh 45 WVU 76-61
138 February 24, 1982 WVU Coliseum #6 West Virginia 82 Pittsburgh 77 WVU 77-61
139 March 6, 1982 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 79 #9 West Virginia 72 WVU 77-62
140 January 15, 1983 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 81 West Virginia 67 WVU 77-63
141 December 17, 1983 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 56 Pittsburgh 53 WVU 78-63
142 December 15, 1984 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 84 West Virginia 65 WVU 78-64
143 December 14, 1985 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 74 Pittsburgh 63 WVU 79-64
144 December 13, 1986 Fitzgerald Field House #17 Pittsburgh 78 West Virginia 57 WVU 79-65
145 December 12, 1987 WVU Coliseum #2 Pittsburgh 70 West Virginia 64 WVU 79-66
146 December 10, 1988 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 84 Pittsburgh 81 WVU 80-66
147 December 9, 1989 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 97 #22 Pittsburgh 93 WVU 81-66
148 December 8, 1990 Fitzgerald Field House #11 Pittsburgh 96 West Virginia 87 WVU 81-67
149 December 14, 1991 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 86 Pittsburgh 85 WVU 82-67
150 December 12, 1992 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 82 West Virginia 78 WVU 82-68
151 December 11, 1993 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 99 Pittsburgh 91 WVU 83-68
152 December 10, 1994 Fitzgerald Field House West Virginia 84 Pittsburgh 80 WVU 84-68
153 January 6, 1996 WVU Coliseum Pittsburgh 84 West Virginia 83 WVU 84-69
154 February 29, 1996 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 83 West Virginia 63 WVU 84-70
155 February 1, 1997 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 74 Pittsburgh 59 WVU 85-70
156 January 28, 1998 Civic Arena #17 West Virginia 76 Pittsburgh 72 WVU 86-70
157 February 3, 1998 WVU Coliseum #15 West Virginia 90 Pittsburgh 72 WVU 87-70
158 February 17, 1999 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 69 West Virginia 67 WVU 87-71
159 February 10, 2000 Charleston, WV West Virginia 62 Pittsburgh 58 WVU 88-71
160 January 31, 2001 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 63 West Virginia 46 WVU 88-72
161 February 8, 2001 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 69 Pittsburgh 68 WVU 89-72
162 February 16, 2002 WVU Coliseum #14 Pittsburgh 85 West Virginia 75 WVU 89-73
163 March 2, 2002 Fitzgerald Field House #10 Pittsburgh 92 West Virginia 65 WVU 89-74
164 January 14, 2003 WVU Coliseum #3 Pittsburgh 80 West Virginia 61 WVU 89-75
165 February 12, 2003 Fitzgerald Field House #7 Pittsburgh 82 West Virginia 46 WVU 89-76
166 February 21, 2004 WVU Coliseum #5 Pittsburgh 67 West Virginia 58 WVU 89-77
167 February 5, 2005 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 83 #16 Pittsburgh 78 WVU 90-77
168 February 23, 2005 Petersen Events Center West Virginia 70 #18 Pittsburgh 66 WVU 91-77
169 February 9, 2006 Petersen Events Center #14 Pittsburgh 57 #9 West Virginia 53 WVU 91-78
170 February 27, 2006 WVU Coliseum #18 West Virginia 67 #8 Pittsburgh 62 WVU 92-78
171 March 9, 2006 Madison Square Garden #19 Pittsburgh 68 West Virginia 57 WVU 92-79
172 February 7, 2007 WVU Coliseum #7 Pittsburgh 60 West Virginia 47 WVU 92-80
173 February 27, 2007 Petersen Events Center #12 Pittsburgh 80 West Virginia 66 WVU 92-81
174 February 7, 2008 Petersen Events Center #21 Pittsburgh 55 West Virginia 54 WVU 92-82
175 March 3, 2008 WVU Coliseum West Virginia 76 Pittsburgh 62 WVU 93-82
176 January 25, 2009 WVU Coliseum #4 Pittsburgh 79 West Virginia 67 WVU 93-83
177 February 9, 2009 Petersen Events Center #4 Pittsburgh 70 West Virginia 59 WVU 93-84
178 March 12, 2009 Madison Square Garden West Virginia 74 #2 Pittsburgh 60 WVU 94-84
179 February 3, 2010 WVU Coliseum #6 West Virginia 70 #22 Pittsburgh 51 WVU 95-84
180 February 12, 2010 Petersen Events Center #25 Pittsburgh 98 #5 West Virginia 95 WVU 95-85
181 February 7, 2011 WVU Coliseum #4 Pittsburgh 71 #25 West Virginia 66 WVU 95-86
182 February 24, 2011 Petersen Events Center #4 Pittsburgh 71 West Virginia 58 WVU 95-87
183 January 30, 2012 WVU Coliseum Pittsburgh 72 West Virginia 66 WVU 95-88
184 February 16, 2012 Petersen Events Center West Virginia 66 Pittsburgh 48 WVU 96-88

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