Husson College (1-5) at Plymouth State University (0-6)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, 1:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - After facing the toughest team on its schedule, the Plymouth State University football team returns home this Saturday to face upstart Husson College in a battle of New England Division III football independents.
The Panthers and Eagles will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at PSU's Currier Field. The teams represent two of the three Division III independent football teams in New England, but they have different histories. PSU is in its 35th year of varsity football, and even with an extended losing streak, the Panthers came into this season with the fifth highest winning percentage in NCAA Division III history. Husson is in just its second season as a varsity program, and picked up its first career victory just two weeks ago.
Saturday's encounter will be the first career meeting between the two schools. PSU and Husson have two common opponents this season, but it's hard to compare anything. Husson lost to Mount Ida and Plymouth State hasn't faced the Mustangs yet, while PSU lost to William Paterson, which the Eagles will host in the last game of the season. The only team from Maine that PSU has faced is Maine Maritime; the Panthers won 20 of 27 games against MMA.
Plymouth State had about as much luck at Springfield College last Saturday as any other Pride opponent (Springfield, ranked #4 in the nation, has outscored its opponents this season by an average of 45-12). PSU hopes to regroup this week against Husson. The team was showing improvement early in the season, but the meat of the schedule and untimely injuries have hurt the Panthers in recent weeks.
A second-year program, Husson has had some good games this season, but dropped its first five outings. A milestone victory occurred on Oct. 9 when the Eagles defeated Southern Virginia University, 28-14, to mark the first triumph in the program's history. Husson, which did not play last Saturday, limped to an 0-6 record in its first season in 2003.
After this week's clash, Plymouth State has two more games this season, one at home and one on the road. The Panthers host Buffalo State (1-5) next Saturday (Oct. 30) in the home finale, and visit Mount Ida College (3-2) on Nov. 6 in the last game of the year.
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