Lobo Football To Play at Pitt in '13

Dec. 20, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico football team has agreed to travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2013 to face University of Pittsburgh.

The game, scheduled for Sept. 14, 2013, will replace UNM's road trip to Texas A&M. That game has been pushed back to the 2017 season.

The Lobos and Panthers never have met on the football field, but the game is a homecoming of sorts for UNM coach Bob Davie, who was born in Sewickley, Pa. (just 13 miles from Pittsburgh) and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.

He later served as an assistant coach at Pitt from 1980-82.

"Playing the University of Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in September will be a great experience for our team," Davie said. "All of us respect the tradition of Pitt football and realize the challenge ahead of us."

The Panthers are 6-6 this season and play Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5. The University of Pittsburgh will pay UNM $700,000 to travel east for the game.

UNM's tentative 2013 football schedule:

Aug. 31                 vs. Texas-San Antonio
Sept. 7                  at UTEP
Sept. 14                at Pittsburgh
Oct. 5                    vs. New Mexico State

The Lobos also are scheduled to play home games against Mountain West rivals Colorado State, Hawai'i, UNLV and Air Force. They have road games at Fresno State, San Jose State, Utah State and Wyoming.