WVU Football wears special edition uniform in Pitt

Morgantown, W.Va. – To mark 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 in Heinz Field .

For the 105th edition of the Backyard Brawl, the West Virginia street uniform consists of a white helmet, jersey, and pants that are gold and blue. The background in the blue stripes on the pants, jersey sleeves, numbers, and helmet is a road map of Interstate 79 and various interstate highways throughout the state of West Virginia.

Aside from the background print on the uniform, the wider gold and blue pant stripe resembles the centerline markings found on the roads fans use to travel to Mountaineer games.

The Mountaineers’ helmet will feature the flying WV within the outline of the state of West Virginia, and the same logo will appear on the shorts and jersey. The words Cue Country Roads surround the neck on the inside of the jersey in homage to one of collegiate athletics’ greatest traditions.

The WVU uniforms are a special one-game Nike edition to celebrate the renewal of the Backyard Brawl that hasn’t been played in 11 years. The white street uniform was designed internally by WVU Athletics in collaboration with the school’s Nike representatives. Aside from the proximity between the two schools, the theme in the design of the uniform centered on the climbers and their fans, who always find a land route to take them home.

“The football series with Pitt is one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in college football, and there was great sportsmanship and camaraderie between the two schools to get this game back on the schedule,” said WVU athletics director Shane Lyons said. “The game is a win for both schools, and we took this opportunity to showcase the renewal with a special uniform that not only emphasizes the country roads of West Virginia, but also the proximity between the two campuses, which are linked by Interstate 79. “

Pitt leads the overall series 61-40-3, but West Virginia has won 16 of their last 26 contests against the Panthers. The two teams met every season from 1943 to 2011, and for the past 47 years, WVU has gone 25-20-2. When the famous rivalry ended in 2011 due to a conference realignment, West Virginia was on a three-game winning streak against the Panthers.

“It will be a great thing for our players to wear this special edition Country Roads and experience the rivalry with Pitt,” said WVU coach Neal Brown said. “This game is good for college football and I know our players and coaches look forward to visiting Heinz Field and recreating this historic game.”

West Virginia’s home season begins on Saturday, September 10 against Big 12 Conference opponents Kansas. Season tickets cost $365, a savings of $30 off the single game price, and can be purchased at www.WVUGame.com. Aside from Kansas, the home roster features matchups against defending Big 12 champion Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State and non-conference opponent Towson.

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