Entering its 15th season, the Saint Francis football progranm is ready for primetime under the lights.
The Cougars will play their first night game at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium as well as four games against NAIA Top 25 teams under the 2012 schedule released Tuesday.
USF will play nine regular-season games, five at home starting with the season opener on Sept. 1 at D’Arcy Stadium against University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. The Cougars first night game at D’Arcy Stadium will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 for Homecoming against Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Mich.).
The Cougars will play three ranked teams on the road with one game at home against No. 22 St. Ambrose on Sept. 28. USF will play at No. 1 St. Xavier at 7 p.m. Sept. 29; at No. 3 Marian on Oct. 13 and at No. 15 William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20.
This will be Cougars coach Kevin Donley’s 34th season as a head college football coach, 15th at USF, where he has a 141-30 record. He has a 254-117-1 record heading into the 2012 season and has 14 consecutive winning seasons with the Cougars.
USF has 18 starters back from a 2011 team that finished 9-3, 3-2 in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League. USF finished third in the MSFA MEL behind champion Marian (12-1, 5-0) and St. Xavier (14-1, 4-1 MEL), which won the 2011 NAIA title over then No. 1 Carroll College (Mont.).
The Cougars begin spring drills Wednesday and will wrap up spring practice with the Blue & Black Game at 1 p.m. April 28 at D’Arcy Stadium.
Installation of lights at D’Arcy Stadium is planned for mid to late May and will accommodate football as well as soccer.
USF 2012 Football Schedule
Sat., Sept. 1 UW-Stevens Point D’Arcy Stadium NOON
Sat., Sept. 8 #22 St. Ambrose (IA) D’Arcy Stadium NOON
Sat,. Sept. 15 Open
Sat., Sept. 22 Concordia (MI) D’Arcy Stadium 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29 @ #1 St. Xavier (IL) Chicago, IL 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 6 Open
Sat., Oct. 13 @ #3 Marian Indianapolis, IN 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 20 @ #15 William Penn (IA) Oskaloosa, Iowa 2 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27 Siena Heights (MI) D’Arcy Stadium NOON
Sat., Nov. 3 Taylor D’Arcy Stadium NOON
Sat., Nov. 10 @ Lindenwood-Bellevue (IL) Bellevue, IL 2 p.m.