Backyard Brawl got a little more heated after last year's contest

Originally Published: November 25, 2008
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Like any good rivalry, the "Backyard Brawl" is based on proximity and history.

West Virginia and Pittsburgh have played each other since 1895, and the two campuses sit only about 70 miles apart. Their coaches often cross the same paths while recruiting the fertile western Pennsylvania high school scene.

"Kissing cousins" is how Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart describes the two programs.

"When you cross that border, it's time to get after it," Stewart said. ...

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