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Dec. 7, 2012

PITTSBURGH--College football fans anticipating the renewal of the Pitt-Penn State rivalry in 2016 can look forward to an additional two games between the historic foes thanks to a new agreement.

Last year, the two universities signed a home-and-home agreement for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Today, Pitt and Penn State announced a two-year extension of the original pact for 2018 and 2019.

Pitt will host the initial game at Heinz Field on September 10, 2016. The Panthers will play at Penn State on September 16, 2017. The new agreement will have the series returning to Pittsburgh on September 8, 2018, with a return trip to State College on September 14, 2019.

For years, Pitt and Penn State waged one of college football's most colorful and historic rivalries. It was a game that captured the attention and passion of fans in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

Penn State holds a 50-42-4 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1893. 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. The rivalry gained national stature during the 1970s and '80s when the teams regularly met with both eastern supremacy and national title implications at stake.

Pitt and Penn State last clashed on September 16, 2000, when the Panthers blanked the Nittany Lions, 12-0, at Three Rivers Stadium. Freshman Rod Rutherford scored the game's lone touchdown when he took a short pass from John Turman and raced for a 62-yard TD. A smothering Pitt defense limited Penn State to just 64 yards rushing and 225 yards overall.

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

Pitt-Penn State Future Meetings

Date Site
Sept. 10, 2016 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 16, 2017 at Penn State
Sept. 8, 2018 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 14, 2019 at Penn State

Pitt-Penn State Series in Brief

Began: 1893
Series Record: Penn State leads, 50-42-4
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 34-28-4
At Penn State: PSU leads, 17-6
Neutral Site: PSU leads, 5-2
Last Game: Pitt won, 12-0 (Played in Three Rivers Stadium on Sept. 16, 2000)