Pitt football will host Youngstown State in 2024, according to a report by FBSchedules.com.
Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi is a Youngstown native and played for the Penguins, where his father Bill Narduzzi was the head coach, before transferring to Rhode Island.
Pitt already has non-conference games scheduled in 2024 at Cincinnati and at home against West Virginia, with one open date remaining on the schedule. The Panthers will host the Penguins on Sept. 21, 2024 and pay the visitors $450,000.
The meeting will be the sixth all time between the Panthers and the Penguins. Pitt is 4-1 all-time against Youngstown State. All five games have been played at Heinz Field.
The last meeting saw YSU take Pitt to overtime in 2017, with Pitt prevailing 27-21. Pitt won 45-37 in 2015. The Penguins lone win came in 2012, when they spoiled the debut of then-head coach Paul Chryst with a 31-17 upset. That represents Pitt’s only loss to an FCS school since the subdivision was formally established in 2006.
The Penguins are coming off a down year in 2018. They finished 4-7 in the fourth season under Bo Pelini. YSU finished No. 2 in the country and made it all the way to the FCS National Championship Game in 2016.
This year, YSU is 4-0 and ranked No. 22 in the country after back-to-back wins over Duquesne and Robert Morris.
The Panthers are 3-2 and needed to come from behind to beat FCS Delaware, 17-14 last week.