Report: Duquesne Added to 2023 WVU Football Slate
According to FBSchedules.com, Duquense will visit West Virginia for a football game on Sept. 9. 2023. The one-time game will see a payment of $425,000 for the Dukes’ FCS program.
The contest, sandwiched between a visit to Penn State and a home date against Pitt, sets up an all-Pennsylvania series to open the 2023 season. WVU has one open slot to fill on its 2022 schedule, and that will almost assuredly be a home game as it is scheduled to travel to both Pitt and Virginia Tech in that season.
The Duquesne contest gives the Mountaineers six home games in 2023. In odd-numbered years, WVU has five Big 12 road games, while even-numbered years see the Mountaineers host five conference foes.
WVU faced Duquesne eight times between 1914 and 1935. The Mountaineers hold a narrow 4-3-1 series advantage over the Dukes. An initial 37-0 WVU win led to a 15-year hiatus in the series, but the 1929 resumption saw Duquesne forge a 7-7 tie. West Virginia won the next two games in 1930 and 1931 before the Dukes broke through with their first win in what must have been a thrilling 3-0 contest in 1932.
The teams then traded wins over the next three seasons, with Duquesne claiming the final 1935 contest.
The Dukes regularly played major college football powers in the first half of the 20th century, including games against the likes of Alabama, Florida, Wake Forest and Louisville, they haven’t faced what is now considered a Power 5 program since 1950. The Pittsburgh-area school is trying to up grade its schedule, though. It travels to two FBS programs this season – UMass and Hawaii. Jerry Schmitt, who served as the track coach at Weirton (W.Va.) Madonna High School in 1983, is in his 14th season as the head coach at Duquesne.