DURHAM, N.H.--Army announced today that it has made a change in its football schedule, removing the contest originally scheduled vs. Division I-AA University of New Hampshire on Sept. 3, 2005, and adding a Division I-A contest vs. Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.
Now facing two open dates to start the season with an open date also on Sept. 10, the UNH athletic department now must find a new Sept. 3 opponent at a time when most I-A and I-AA football schedules have been solidified.
"We are disappointed that Army left us no choice but to cancel our contest on Sept. 3," said UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano. "They have expressed regret in having to take this action, but nonetheless it creates a significant void in the UNH football schedule. This contest represented an important initiative in our I-A scheduling aspirations. We are hopeful that both schools can agree on a future date. Currently we are searching for a replacement contest on Sept. 3 and anticipate announcing that game soon."
According to a press release from the Army athletic department, the football program was faced with the less than desirable scenario of having two weeks off prior to its season-ending contest against Navy. As a result of the change, the team will now have the traditional week off. Army also wanted just one I-AA opponent on its schedule, rather than two. The Black Knights are scheduled to play Massachusetts on Nov. 12.
The UNH football program has played a Division I-A opponent in each of the last three seasons and posted its first-ever victory over a I-A opponent last season when the Wildcats upset Rutgers in New Jersey, 35-24. New Hampshire completed the 2004 campaign with a very impressive 10-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference, good enough to win the Northern Division. The team advanced to the NCAA I-AA football quarterfinals and posted its first-ever NCAA victory at I-AA powerhouse Georgia Southern, 27-23 in front of a national ESPN2 television audience. UNH also recorded impressive I-AA wins over the likes of Delaware, Villanova, Northeastern and Maine.