Midwestern State goes against Eastern New Mexico in a Lone Star Conference game at 8 p.m. This is the 20th meeting between the Mustangs and Greyhounds, with MSU holding a 14-5 series advantage. ENMU won its final six games in 2013 to earn a share of the LSC title for the first time since the 1991 season, while the Mustangs extended their LSC best string of winning seasons to 14 by finishing with a 7-3 mark.
Other games in the festival includes another Lone Star Conference tilt and a pair of non-conference games featuring opponents from the Gulf South Conference. Texas A&M-Commerce faces Texas A&M-Kingsville.West Texas A&M plays Shorter (Georgia), and Tarleton State meets Florida Tech in non-conference play.
The action starts at 10 a.m. with A&M-C vs. TAMUK, followed by WT-Shorter at 1 p.m., TSU-FIT at 5 p.m., and MSU-ENMU at 8 p.m. to conclude the football-filled day.
A single ticket will be good for admission to all four games at the festival, with sales to begin in early June. Advance purchases will be rewarded with rates of $25 for adults and $10 for students, whereas game-day pricing at the AT&T Stadium ticket windows will be $30 for adults and $12 for students.
“We’re set for another great event at what is undoubtedly one of the premier football stadiums around,” LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “The festival is such a great opportunity for our students and coaches, but it’s also a real treat for the fans because they can buy one ticket and watch four college football games in the comfort of AT&T Stadium.”
The opening game is a battle for the Chennault Cup between the Lions and Javelinas as the long-standing rivalry will be played for the 62nd time, with TAMUK leading the series 37-23-1. The Javelinas started the 2013 season 2-0 but lost their final eight games to finish 2-8. A&M-C had a turnaround season at 7-5, just one year after going 1-9.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the Buffaloes and Hawks. WT was 11-3 last season with its memorable season ending in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. Shorter is in its first season as a full NCAA Division II and GSC member.
The Texans and Panthers will play for the initial time. TSU was 7-3 last season and claimed a share of its third LSC title with a 5-1 league record, while FIT went 5-7 overall in 2013, its first-ever season to field a team.
The festival has attracted more than 86,000 fans for 16 games in its first three years, making it one of the best-attended football events in all of Division II. Fourteen of those 16 games have been televised, bringing extensive exposure to LSC member institutions and their football teams. The festival also has featured five NFL Draft picks and eight NCAA playoff teams, including the 2012 Division II National Champion Valdosta State.
The LSC, founded in 1931, has a proud history as one of the nation’s greatest small college football leagues. The conference made its mark in the NAIA, especially from 1969 to 1979 when four LSC schools combined to win 10 national titles in that 11-season span. The LSC became affiliated with the NCAA in 1982 and now is annually well represented in the Division II playoffs, with more than a dozen former players currently on NFL rosters.
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2014 Lone Star Football Festival Schedule (All times Central)
Saturday, September 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
10:00 am: Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. Texas A&M‐Commerce
1:00 pm: Shorter vs. West Texas A&M
5:00 pm: Florida Tech vs. Tarleton State
8:00 pm: Eastern New Mexico vs. Midwestern State
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