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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior wide receiver Bryce Ford Wheaton sets us up for the 105th renewal of the Backyard Brawl at Pittsburgh’s Acrisure Stadium on Football Wednesday today, presented by the West Virginia Lottery.

Here are some of the notes Bryce highlights in today’s game preview:

* The 2022 season marks West Virginia’s 130th football season. The Mountaineers are the 15th winningest program in college football.

* The year 2022 marks West Virginia’s 43rd season of competition at Milan Puskar Stadium. WVU has an all-time mark of 189-72-4 (.721) at the facility, which opened in 1980.

* West Virginia is one of three Power 5 schools that will open the 2021 and 2022 seasons on the road at a Power 5 opponent (Penn State, Notre Dame). WVU opens the 2023 season at Penn State and will be the only school to open three straight years at a Power 5 opponent

* WVU is 5-1 in games played Sept. 1, including 1-1 in games played away from home. The last time WVU played on that date was in 2018 against Tennessee in Charlotte (W 40-14).

* The Mountaineers are 37-32-3 in games played on Thursdays, 13-12 in games played on Thursday nights and 11-8 in games played on ESPN on Thursday nights. WVU has won 10 of the last 14 games played on ESPN on Thursday night and 11 of the last 16 games played on Thursday night.

* West Virginia is 156-160-12 against Pennsylvania State schools, including 73-121-5 against Power 5 schools

* Backyard Brawl vs. Pitt is West Virginia’s longest running rivalry, and the 2022 game will be the 105th meeting of the two schools. WVU’s next longest series are against Syracuse (60), Penn State (59), and Virginia Tech and Maryland (53)

* West Virginia is 91-34-4 all-time in season starts (17-5 since 2000/31-10-1 since 1980)

* West Virginia is 64-59-2 in road starters, including 19-14-1 when WVU opened its season on the road

* WVU is 32-13 in non-conference games since 2010, including 8-11 on the road. Mountaineers are 70-29 since 2000, including 23-22 on the road

* The Mountaineers are 94-14 since 2002 when they won the turnover battle

* Since 1963, WVU has posted a record of 25-22-2 in Backyard Brawl. The 1963 contest marked the beginning of the series being played at home and at home.

* The Mountaineers have gone 18-9-2 in the Pitt series since Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen had his first full draft cycle.

* West Virginia posted a 14-7 record against Pitt while both were members of the Big East Conference and is 16-8-1 in the last 25 series games.

* Three WVU offensive line starters are from West Virginia, including Zach Frazier (Fairmont) doug nester(Kenova) and Wyatt Milum (Kenova). That’s the first time since the 1995 opener against Purdue that the Mountaineers have started three native sons at the OL (Buddy Hager (Male), Joe DeLong (Oak Glen) and Bryan Washington (Moorefield)).

* Pitt and West Virginia rank in the top five in the Power 5 for the number of returning starters (Pitt 130/WVU 106) and top 10 in games played (Pitt 166/WVU 124) from their starting offensive line
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN (Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick and Harry Lyles Jr.).

The ESPN College GameDay team will also make a stop in Pittsburgh before traveling to Columbus, Ohio for Saturday night’s Ohio State-Notre Dame game.

The West Virginia-Pitt game was advertised as a sold-out game earlier this month.

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