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Friday, December 7, 2012
Pitt extends series with Penn State

By Andrea Adelson

Pitt and Penn State have extended their series, adding two more games to a home-and-home agreement that was announced last year.

The two rivals will now play every year between 2016-2019. Pitt will host the games Sept. 10, 2016 and Sept. 8, 2018; Penn State will host Sept. 16, 2017 and Sept. 14, 2019.

When the schools announced the renewal of the series last year, it made big news. The all-time series began in 1893, and the schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92. Following a four-year break, the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000 before its current hiatus.

"It would be hard to find a college football fan anywhere who is not excited about this announcement,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement. “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.”

This move also means there is probably little to no hope for the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia to resume any time soon.