Pitt/Penn State to Play Under the Lights at Heinz Field Sept. 8

PITTSBURGH — One of college football’s most historic rivalries will be showcased in primetime when Pitt and Penn State clash at Heinz Field this Sept. 8 in front of a national ABC television audience at 8 p.m.

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This will be the first night kickoff for a Pitt-Penn State game in 31 years. On November 14, 1987, the Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions, 10-0, in an ESPN televised game at Pitt Stadium that started at 7:30 p.m.

The 2018 game is the last scheduled meeting in Pittsburgh between the in-state foes. The current four-game agreement will conclude at Penn State in 2019.

Following the resumption of the rivalry in 2016, Pitt and Penn State have split the initial two contests. Pitt won 42-39 at Heinz Field in 2016, while the Nittany Lions triumphed last year at Beaver Stadium, 33-14.

Overall, the teams have played 98 times dating back to 1893. Penn State leads the series, 51-43-4. The Panthers have won two of the last three games. In addition to the 2016 encounter, Pitt blanked the Nittany Lions, 12-0, in 2000.

For Pitt, it will be the first time it will host an 8 p.m. ABC national telecast in five years—a 28-21 victory over Notre Dame on November 9, 2013.

Penn State will play at least one regular season night game for the 19th consecutive season. Every Penn State football game has been televised the past 13 seasons and 301 of the last 303 contests overall have been on TV.

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