In their first game since 2000, Pittsburgh defeated Penn State, 42-39, last season to reignite the “in-state rivalry.” The Nittany Lions responded on Sept. 9, turning in a dominant performance in the form of a 33-14 victory. They’ll also play in 2018 and 2019 but don’t have concrete plans beyond that.
To Tony Dorsett, an NFL Hall of Famer and former Panthers running back, the murky future between the programs doesn’t make sense.
At Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Celebrity Golf Open last week, Dorsett pointed to the in-state matchup as “a natural game for the state” and should “absolutely” occur annually.
“You have a lot of players from Pennsylvania that go to Pittsburgh and that go to Penn State,” Dorsett told PennLive.com. “A lot of guys played against each other in high school. It’s a natural for those two schools to play.”
In his four years at Pittsburgh, he lost to Penn State three times. But in 1976, the Panthers prevailed en route to their national championship run. Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy that season.