Penn State and Pitt will meet under the lights this season in the Steel City.
Penn State announced Wednesday that the team’s Sept. 8 contest against its in-state rival will kick off at 8 p.m. from Heinz Field. The contest will air on ABC.
Penn State and Pitt will officially play a night game in 2018
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) May 16, 2018
The announcement does not come as a surprise. The Pittsburgh Pirates spilled the beans last month when they announced they were moving up the start time for a home game on the same date to accommodate a night game for Pitt.
This is the third in a four-game series on the schedule between the Nittany Lions and Panthers. The teams split the first two meetings since they renewed their rivalry in 2016, both winning on their home turf. Penn State leads the series 51-43-4 but has not won in Pittsburgh since 1998.
The teams did not play from 2001-2015 and might not meet again after the 2019 season until 2030 or later.
“We’ve had conversations but I think at this point we both agreed that based on Big Ten and ACC scheduling principles — and you know it’s a complicated puzzle nowadays — that we’re probably not going to do anything at this point and look at some point after 2030 to maybe do something,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said of future meetings with Pitt.