Overview of Game

30 Years of Backyard Brawl Highlights

A Newsflash and a Poem 
It’s the Mountaineers Vs. the Panthers with a berth for WVU in the BCS National Championship on the line. 100 Years of the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh.

A story, scenes from the last 30 years, a newsflash and a poem. A complete look at the Backyard Brawl.

The overview:

It’s been nearly a year since Rich Rodriguez made the toughest decision of his career, rejecting a lucrative offer at Alabama and returning for his seventh season at West Virginia.

It turned out to be the right move. Rodriguez is one win from playing for a national title.

No. 2 West Virginia (11-1, 5-1 Big East) will start mapping a trip to New Orleans if it can beat Pittsburgh (4-7, 2-4) in the 100th Backyard Brawl on Saturday night.

It would be a journey like no other in school history.

The Mountaineers have maintained a calm, businesslike approach on their ascent to the national stage. If others had the Mountaineers in the national title talk at the start of the season, Rodriguez wasn’t among them.

“We don’t talk nationally as much as we could talk about competing for a Big East championship,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve been in the hunt over the last several years and we thought this team had the same chance if we had a little luck. And they’ve performed the way they’re capable.”

Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads has played a role in some of college football’s biggest rivalries, including Ohio State vs. Michigan. None, he says, is like Pitt vs. West Virginia in one special quality.

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