Wayne State vs. Nebraska-Kearney Football Game to Air Live on NET
Published: 8-24-2011 8:05 am
The season opening football game between Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State College will be televised live on Nebraska Educational Television. The 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 contest at Cunningham Field in Wayne will be the first-ever live statewide broadcast of a sporting event on the Wayne State College campus and it's the first time since 1993 that a Wayne State College football game has been aired on statewide television.
The last time Wayne State College was featured on Nebraska Educational Television was Oct. 9, 1993, when the Wildcats traveled to Kearney and defeated the Lopers 28-9 when Dennis Wagner served as head coach of the Wildcats.
This year's UNK at Wayne State contest marks the last regular season meeting in the foreseeable future between the two clubs due to future conference obligations. Nebraska-Kearney joins the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the 2012-13 school year while Wayne State's league, the Northern Sun Conference, expands to 16 teams in 2012-13 with both schools playing 11-game conference schedules starting next season.
Veteran sportscaster Larry Punteney will serve as play-by-play announcer with color analysis provided by John Bishop. The statewide broadcast will be aired on NET1 and NET-HD and will also be webcast live on NET's Web site (netNebraska.org).
Wayne State has won the last three meetings in the series against the Lopers that dates back to the 1924 season. With the exception of 1998, WSC and UNK have met on the gridiron every year dating back to the 1945 season.