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Significance of Penn State-Pitt not lost on Nittany Lions

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2016 5:38 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Penn State head coach James Franklin. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(State College) -- Penn State-Pittsburgh used to be a storied rivalry, filled with memories for many people.

None of them will put on a helmet when the teams play their 97th game since 1893.

The two teams last met in 2000 and will play the first of a four-game series on Saturday at Heinz Field.

The renewed game comes after Penn State dominated the series from the 1960s until the teams last played.

The Nittany Lions were 27-9-1 over that span.

Penn State coach James Franklin says none of his players have seen a game between the two teams.

But Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith has been talking it up. Smith played in four of the games from 1988 to 1991.

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