The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A player holds a football during the Pitt football spring game at Acrisure Stadium.

Backyard Brawl Takeaways | Panthers beat themselves, Donaldson dominates again

By Jermaine Sykes, Assistant Sports Editor September 18, 2023

“Let’s Go Pitt!” is a common phrase that Pitt fans chant when cheering on Pitt football. However, on Saturday in Morgantown, Mountaineer fans mocked the Panthers with their own three-word chant....

‘Country roads, take me home’: Pitt football falls flat in Backyard Brawl, loses to West Virginia 17-6

‘Country roads, take me home’: Pitt football falls flat in Backyard Brawl, loses to West Virginia 17-6

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor September 17, 2023

At the start of the fourth quarter of the Backyard Brawl on Friday night, a tune familiar to Pitt fans began to play at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. As Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond...

Pitt and WVU fans tailgate outside of Mountaineer Field ahead of the Backyard Brawl on Saturday.

‘Pitt is it’: Fans of Panthers, Mountaineers give their final takes just hours before kickoff of the Backyard Brawl

By Jermaine Sykes, Assistant Sports Editor September 16, 2023

Hostility and beer lingered in the Morgantown air ahead of the 106th Backyard Brawl. The Panthers got off their buses with their helmets on to protect them from projectiles thrown at them by Mountaineer...

Roc the Panther amid a crowd of football fans at the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Acrisure Stadium on Sept. 9, 2023.

Feature | Fans, officials and former players reflect on the history of the Backyard Brawl

By Mason Carter , Staff Writer September 15, 2023

With the Backyard Brawl returning with a bang last year, Panthers fans can only hope to see  something similar this Saturday in Morgantown. New fans and players will get to experience the intense battles...

Pitt students in Oakland take photos of the Victory Lights after Pitt defeated WVU in the Backyard Brawl on Thursday September 1st, 2022.

What winning the 2023 Backyard Brawl means for the Panthers, Mountaineers

By Jermaine Sykes, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2023

Last September, the Backyard Brawl returned and Pitt defeated rival West Virginia 38-31. The game was the Thursday night opener to the college football season, and due to some late-game heroics, the Panthers...

Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt expresses his frustration with a holding call on Oderick Turner that negated LeSean McCoy’s touchdown run during the third quarter at the Backyard Brawl on December 1st, 2007.

The Backyard Brawl: A vitriolic Appalachian tradition

By Ryleigh Lord, News Editor September 13, 2023
From burning couches to displaying effigies of head coaches, the Backyard Brawl has a contentious history that dates back to 1895, when Pitt won 8-0. Since then, the game has turned into a battleground of insults and deep-rooted Appalachian rivalry.
Players pile on each other during the Backyard Brawl on Thursday September 1st, 2022.

Preview | Pitt football prepares for Backyard Brawl against West Virginia

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor September 12, 2023

Pitt football’s 27-21 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday disappointed many Panthers fans, leaving many wondering how the program should proceed. From calls to replace redshirt senior quarterback Phil Jurkovec...

Offensive Lineman Chris Vangas celebrates after a victory in Morgantown on December 1st, 2007.

Column | The Backyard Brawl is the best rivalry in all of sports

By Brian Sherry, Sports Editor September 12, 2023

One year ago, on a blisteringly hot Thursday evening in September, Pitt and West Virginia’s football teams took the field for a primetime season-opening matchup. But this was not a normal meeting between...

Woodburn Hall on West Virginia University downtown campus is shown April, 24, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia student newspaper breaks down the Mountaineers ahead of Backyard Brawl

By Ari Meyer , Staff Writer September 12, 2023

After taking down West Virginia in a close battle at Acrisure Stadium last year, Pitt football will look to build off of their past success as they take on the Mountaineers in Morgantown.  The Panthers...

Pitt fans show off a sign that reads WV was our safety school in the stands of Acrisure Stadium before the Backyard Brawl on Thursday.

Students, faculty give takes on 2023 Backyard Brawl

By Jermaine Sykes, Assistant Sports Editor September 12, 2023

College football is arguably the most popular sport — deservedly or not — at the University of Pittsburgh. With a deep history of past success and bitter rivalries, many people first heard of Pitt...

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