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Morgantown, West Virginia – Highlighting the approximately 75 miles from Morgantown to Pittsburgh, West Virginia football will wear a special Country Roads Nike uniform, when the Mountaineers and Pitt Panthers renew the “Backyard Brawl” on Thursday, September 1 at Heinz Field.

For the 105th edition of the “Backyard Brawl”, West Virginia’s road uniform will consist of a white helmet, jersey and set of pants trimmed in gold and blue. The background of the blue stripes on the pants, the jersey sleeves, the figures and the helmet has a roadmap from the Interstate 79 and the different country roads in the state of Virginia-Western.

Aside from the background print on the uniform, the wider gold and blue stripes on the pants resemble the centerline markings found on the roads fans use to get to Mountaineer games.

The Mountaineers helmet will feature the flying WV placed within the West Virginia State outline, and the same logo will appear on the pants and jersey. The words picked country roads surround the neck inside the jersey in tribute to one of the greatest traditions of university athletics.

The WVU uniforms are a special Nike edition of a game to help celebrate the renewal of the “Backyard Brawl” which has not been played in 11 years. The white road uniform was designed internally by WVU Athletics in collaboration with the Nike representatives of the school. In addition to the proximity between the two schools, the theme of the design of the uniform focused on mountaineers and their fans who can always find a country road to bring them home.

“The football series with Pitt is one of the oldest and best rivalries in college football, and there was great sportsmanship and camaraderie between the two schools to put this game back on the schedule,” the manager said. of WVU sports. Shane Lyons said. “The game is a win for both schools, and we’ve taken the opportunity to showcase the revival with a special uniform that not only showcases the back roads of West Virginia, but the closeness between the two universities connected by the ‘Interstate 79.’

Pitt leads the global series 61-40-3, but Virginia-Western won 16 of the last 26 games against the Panthers. The two teams met each season from 1943 to 2011, and in the past 47 years, WVU has displayed a brand of 25-20-2. When the famous rivalry was interrupted in 2011 due to the realignment of the conference, Virginia-Western experienced a sequence of three consecutive victories against the panthers.

“It will be great for our players to wear this special edition Country Roads uniform and experience the rivalry with Pitt,” the WVU coach said. Neal Brown said. “This game is good for college football, and I know our players and coaches can’t wait to visit Heinz Field and repeat this historic game.”

The home season of Virginia-Western begins on Saturday September 10 against Kansas, enemy of Big 12 Conference. Season tickets are at $ 365, a saving of $ 30 on the price of the single game and can be purchased on www.wvugame.com. Aside from Kansas, the home roster includes matchups against defending Big 12 champion Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State and non-conference opponent Towson.

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