AU football team earns ECAC bid, travels to Springfield Saturday
ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University football team will play one more game in 2012, as the Saxons were chosen to play in one of the three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North Bowl championship games next weekend.
The ECAC announced its ECAC championship pairings today and Alfred (6-3, 5-2 Empire 8) will play at Springfield (MA) College at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the Northeast Bowl Championship. AU is seeded fifth and Springfield is second among the six teams granted bids to three ECAC North Bowl Championship games.
The Saxons have ties to the Pride, who played eight seasons (2004-11) in the Empire 8 Conference before leaving for the Liberty League prior to the 2012 season. Alfred went 6-2 against Springfield over that span: the Saxons won last year’s game, 30-22 at Alfred, and defeated the Pride, 35-28, the last time the teams played in Springfield. Springfield is the alma mater of AU head coach Dave Murray, who played linebacker there for four seasons before graduating in 1981.
Springfield will come into next weekend’s game with a 7-3 overall record (4-2 in Liberty League play) after defeating WPI in its regular season finale last weekend. Alfred is coming off a 30-13 win at Hartwick in the Saxons’ regular season finale. The victory was Murray’s 100th as the Saxons’ head coach.
This will mark the second straight year Alfred has played on the road in an ECAC championship game. The Saxons played at Bridgewater (MA) State in the Northeast Bowl Championship last season and won, 41-10.
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