Eagles to play 2013 football game at Texas Stadium

Head coach Jay Long

CHADRON – The Chadron State College football team will open the 2013 season with a pair of road night games, including a stop at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the first two weeks of the 2013 season, head coach Jay Long said Thursday.

The Eagles, who qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs and ended the 2012 season as the No. 18th ranked team in the country, will play at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5.

Chadron State will then play West Texas A&M, the team who eliminated the Eagles in the playoffs in 2012, in a non-conference game at Cowboys Stadium Thursday, Sept. 12.

"We are extremely excited for our schedule," Long said. "We start the season off with two teams who finished the season ranked in the top 25 and we get the opportunity to play in Cowboys Stadium. I really feel our non-conference schedule will prepare us for our RMAC games and the team is excited to have five important games at home."

The Eagles' game at Missouri S&T kicks off at 6:30, while the game against West Texas A&M begins at 7.

Missouri S&T went 10-1 in 2012 and ended the season ranked 24th in the country but did not qualify for the playoffs. West Texas A&M, which advanced to the national semifinals, compiled a 12-3 record and finished ranked fourth.

Following the two non-conference games, Chadron State will begin its nine game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule.

In all, the Eagles will host five home games, beginning with the Family Day game against Colorado Mesa scheduled for Sept. 21.

The Eagles' other home games include Adams State (Oct. 5), Colorado State University-Pueblo (Oct. 12), New Mexico Highlands (Oct. 26) and Fort Lewis (Nov. 9).

CSU-Pueblo, the two-time defending RMAC champion, finished the 2012 season ranked sixth.

Chadron State's game with Adams State on Oct. 5 will also be the school's homecoming.

Chadron State will play Western State, Black Hills State, Western New Mexico and Colorado School of Mines on the road.

2013 Schedule
Sept. 5 at Missouri S&T (Rolla, Mo.)
Sept. 12 at West Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 21 vs. Colorado Mesa (Family Day)
Sept. 28 at Western State (Gunnison, Colo.)
Oct. 5 vs. Adams State (Homecoming)
Oct. 12 vs. CSU-Pueblo
Oct. 19 at Black Hills State
Oct. 26 N.M. Highlands
Nov. 2 at Western N.M. (Silver City, N.M.)
Nov. 9 Fort Lewis
Nov. 16 at Colorado Mines (Golden, Colo.)

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