KEARNEY, Neb. — The University of Nebraska at Kearney football team’s 2013 schedule features six home games, two night contests and a date with FCS member Central Arkansas.
The Lopers’ list of MIAA games is in the same order as last year with the locations changed.
To start the year, UNK will play back-to-back Thursday night games on Sept.5 and Sept. 12. The Lopers first host the Washburn Ichabods and then visit the Emporia State Hornets. Both games kick off at 6 p.m.
With Truman State leaving the MIAA on July 1, that created an open date for whoever had the Bulldogs on their schedule. UNK filled the Oct.12 void with a financial guarantee game on the road against the Central Arkansas Bears, a former Division II school that has quickly becoming an FCS power.
UCA went 9-3 in 2012, qualifying for the FCS playoffs for a second straight season. The Bears, located in in Conway, Ark., play home games at First Security Field at Estes Stadium, which has a unique purple and gray striped turf.
UNK is 1-1 all-time vs. FCS schools, beating the non-scholarship Drake Bulldogs, 17-14, at home in 1994 and falling at Southern Utah, 28-21, a year later.
The Lopers have a second non-conference date as the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology visits on Nov. 9. The Hardrockers, a Division II independent, hosted UNK last year in Rapid City.
Starting in 2014, Kearney will no longer have non-conference games as its schedule will feature 11 MIAA opponents.
Date Opponent Time Location
Sept. 5 Washburn * 6:00 p.m. Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field
Sept. 12 @ Emporia State * 6:00 p.m. Emporia, Kans.
Sept. 21 Missouri Western St. * 3:00 p.m. Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field (UNK Homecoming/Band Day/Family Day)
Sept. 28 @ NW Missouri State * 1:00 p.m. Maryville, Mo.
Oct. 5 Lindenwood * 2:30 p.m. Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field (MIAA T.V. Game of the Week)
Oct. 12 @ Central Arkansas 4:00 p.m. Conway, Ark.
Oct. 19 Lincoln * 1:00 p.m. Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field
Oct. 26 @ Southwest Baptist * 1:00 p.m. Bolivar, Mo.
Nov. 2 Central Missouri * TBD Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field
Nov. 9 South Dakota Mines TBD Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field
Nov. 16 @ Fort Hays State * 2:00 p.m. Hays, Kans.
* Denotes MIAA game; Times Subject to change