Full 2005 Official Schedule Released
DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire football team will continue its string of playing I-A opponents in 2005 as it travels to West Point, N.Y. to battle Army on Sept. 3. The announcement was made today by sixth-year head coach Sean McDonnell.
UNH has played a 1-A opponent in each of the last three seasons and has posted a 1-2 record during that stretch. The Wildcats received national media recognition on Sept. 11, 2004 when the squad pulled off an impressive upset victory at Rutgers (35-24). The win over the Scarlet Knights was the only I-A win for UNH since it joined the ranks of I-AA football. The losses to I-A opponents during the last three seasons were at Central Michigan in 2003 (40-33) and at Kent State in 2002 (34-7).
"This is an outstanding opportunity and an honor to play Army at West Point, a team with one of the most storied traditions in all of college football," said McDonnell. "This game continues our philosophy of playing a I-A opponent every year. "
UNH and Army have met twice on the gridiron over the last century. The Wildcats edged the Black Knights in the initial meeting by a 10-7 margin in 1921, and Army was victorious over the 'Cats in 1922 (33-0). Both contests were played in West Point.
Army's home field is Michie Stadium, which features a seating capacity of 41,684. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN once said "the game-day atmosphere at the stadium is among the most inspirational in the country". The facility is one of the oldest in I-A football and is in the midst of its 81st football season played within its confines.
Here's a look at the entire University of New Hampshire football schedule for 2005. The schedule features six home games. In addition to the contest at Army, UNH will play non-conference opponents Dartmouth on Sept. 24 and Iona on Nov. 12, both in Durham.
2005 University of New Hampshire Football Schedule