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Published August 03, 2011, 10:44 AM

Jacks, Huskers to Play In 2013 Season

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska has announced the scheduling of nonconference home football games against Arkansas State in 2012 and South Dakota State in 2013.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska has announced the scheduling of nonconference home football games against Arkansas State in 2012 and South Dakota State in 2013.

The game against South Dakota State on Sept. 21, 2013, completes the non-conference schedule for 2013. Nebraska also plays Wyoming and UCLA at home and Southern Miss on the road in 2013.

“I want to thank our fans for helping us get a Nebraska football game scheduled for the second time in four years,” said Rob Peterson, senior associate athletic director and sport supervisor for Jackrabbit football. “The way our fans attended the last game spoke volumes to the Cornhuskers that this is a game that benefits both programs. Very few other FCS fans travel the way the Jacks do.”

The Huskers beat South Dakota State 17-3 last season in Lincoln. The South Dakota State game was Nebraska’s closest non-conference matchup in the 2010 campaign.

“Few, if any, experiences for our student-athletes can match the chance to play in the atmosphere that Nebraska provides,” SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell said. “We appreciate the ability to once again play on a national stage against one of the most storied programs in college football.”

The addition of South Dakota State completes a Nebraska 2013 non-conference schedule that also includes matchups with Wyoming (Aug. 31) and UCLA (Sept. 14) in Lincoln, and a road trip to Southern Miss (Sept. 7).

South Dakota State finished the 2010 season with a 5-6 record, but won five of its final seven contests. SDSU finished the 2009 season with an 8-3 record and this fall the Jackrabbits will face another Big Ten foe when they travel to Illinois on Sept. 10.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to again play the University of Nebraska. The goal, in any football game, is to play your very best football — 60 student-athletes doing their best. To compete against Nebraska we will again be pushed to our limit to accomplish that goal,” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier said. “It is also exciting to play a great program like Nebraska, which allows our great Jackrabbit fans a chance to attend the game. Our game in 2010 was a special experience for all those in attendance; the goal is an even better experience in 2013.”

The Jackrabbits now have games against regional Football Bowl Subdivision teams scheduled through 2015. Opponents will alternate between Big Ten and Big 12 foes, with SDSU scheduled to travel to Illinois this season, Kansas in 2012, Nebraska in 2013, Missouri in 2014 and Minnesota in 2015.

SDSU begins fall camp next week and is scheduled to open the 2011 season Sept. 3 by hosting Southern Utah in the 16th Annual Cereal Bowl at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

The Cornhuskers will face Arkansas State on Sept. 15, 2012. They also play Southern Mississippi at home and a game at UCLA next season. Nebraska has one opening left on its 2012 non-conference schedule.

Nebraska defeated Arkansas State 38-9 in 2009 in the teams’ only other meeting. The Red Wolves were 4-8 in 2010 with a schedule that included road trips to Auburn, Indiana and Navy. ASU competes in the Sun Belt Conference and has also had recent road trips to Iowa, Louisville, Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama and Tennessee.

Nebraska Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations Jeff Jamrog said agreements in principle have been reached to fill the remaining 2012 opening and two openings on the 2014 schedule. Jamrog is hopeful those contracts will be completed in the next six to eight weeks, at which time they would be publicly announced.