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ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University football head coach Hal Mumme has announced the 2012 War Hawks’ schedule, the first of the program’s era as an NCAA Division II affiliate. McMurry will be competing as an independent while making the transition from NCAA III to NCAA II.

The ambitious schedule will pit the War Hawks versus a variety of competition and at various levels. The breakdown of McM’s slate of games for 2012 will include two NCAA Division I schools, four with NCAA Division II membership and four NAIA representatives. Just for good measure, the War Hawks will also play one contest versus an international foe.

Both NCAA Division I opponents play in the Southland Conference, a member of the Football Championship Series (FCS). Two teams are members of the Lone Star Conference (NCAA II) and five opponents compete in the Central States Football League.

“I feel that this schedule will be a good test for our program,” Mumme said. “It’s a good test, but at the same time, a very fair and competitive test. We are going to be challenged week-in and week-out against schools that are already competing with scholarship athletes.

“We have the type of athletes here whom I believe will respond very well to the rigors of this schedule. The old adage about iron sharpening iron holds true; as we make the jump to the next level we are going to meet new and progressively more challenging opponents.”

Here is a summary and brief look at each of McMurry’s 2012 football opponents:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 – at Abilene Christian University (Abilene, Texas – Shotwell Stadium):

The Wildcats (8-3 in 2011) are NCAA II and Lone Star Conference members … This will be the 40th meeting between the teams, but the first since 1971 … ACU leads the series 24-15 … McMurry’s last win in the series was in 1968 (16-3).

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, La.):

The Cowboys are NCAA I FCS members and play in the Southland Conference … McNeese was 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the Southland Conference race (good for 3rd place) … McMurry has faced McNeese in the past and owns a 2-0 record against the Cowboys, however the meetings took place in 1957 (7-6) and 1958 (21-0).

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Home vs. Wayland Baptist University (Wilford Moore Stadium):

The Pioneers, an NAIA member, reinstated its football program for the 2012 season after a hiatus of 70 years … this will be the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between WBU and McMurry … The Pioneers are members of the CSFL.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Okla.):

The Aggies are members of NCAA II and of the CSFL … OPSU was 3-7 in 2011 … This will be the 22nd meeting between McMurry and Panhandle State, with the War Hawks holding the 14-7 edge in the series in which all the meetings took place between 1972-98 … McM won the last meeting, 55-26.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 – vs. Southern Nazarene University (Grand Prairie, Texas):

This is the first meeting between the War Hawks and the Crimson Storm (located in Bethany, Okla.), with the game being played at the neutral, midway site at Grand Prairie, Texas (at G.P.H.S.) … SNU is transitioning to NCAA II this year and moving to the Great American Conference … The Crimson Storm was the CSFL co-champions in 2011, sporting a league record of 4-1 and 9-3 overall.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 – at Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas):

The Cardinals hold NCAA I FCS affiliation and are members of the Southland Conference … LU was 4-7 overall in 2011, 2-5 in the league (6th place) … McMurry and Lamar have met twice before in football, in 1953 (a 32-27 McM victory) and in 1954 (a 19-13 Cardinals win) … Lamar is in its third season since reinstating football in 2010 after a 20-year absence on campus (1990-2009).

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 – at University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas):

McM will travel to Incarnate Word in what will be the team’s final road game of the year … The Cardinals are NCAA II and Lone Star Conference members … In 2011, Incarnate Word went 2-8 overall and 2-6 in the LSC (7th place) … The Cardinals are in their fourth season of intercollegiate football and will be facing McMurry for the first time.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 – Home vs. Langston University (Wilford Moore Stadium):

McMurry will host the Lions in its annual Homecoming Game … Langston, an NAIA member, shared the CSFL championship last year with a 4-1 league record (7-3 overall) … Langston (located in Oklahoma City) and McMurry have met just once previously in football, with the Lions taking a 26-21 decision during the 1990 season.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 – Home vs. Texas College (Wilford Moore Stadium):

The Steers, playing as members of the NAIA, were 0-11 in 2011 and 0-5 in the CSFL … TC is located in Tyler … The Steers and War Hawks have meet once prior in football, a 2010 meeting won by McM (64-0).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 – Home vs. Bacone College (Wilford Moore Stadium):

The Warriors are NAIA affiliates and placed third in the CSFL in 2011 (3-2 league record and 5-6 overall) … Bacone is located in Muskogee, Okla. … The Warriors are 0-1 versus McMurry in football, having lost a 41-6 decision in 2010.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – Home vs. University of Mexico (Wilford Moore Stadium):

The Pumas are located in Mexico City … They are coming off of a 6-2 season, losing their championship game by a single point (after going for a 2-point conversion in the title tilt) … The Pumas won Mexico’s national championship in 2010 … The team has scrimmaged several NCAA III teams in the United States, including McMurry last season … The University of Mexico is celebrating playing its 85th season of American football in 2012 … The team plays its home games in Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium, home of then 1968 summer Olympic Games.

McMurry University War Hawks

2012 Football Schedule


Aug. 30

@ Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas
Sept. 8

@ McNeese State Lake Charles, La.
Sept. 15

SEPT. 22

Sept. 29

@ Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Okla.
Oct. 6

#vs. Southern Nazarene Grand Prairie, Texas
Oct. 13

@ Lamar University Beaumont, Texas
Oct. 20

@ University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas
OCT. 27

NOV. 3

NOV. 10

NOV. 17

#played at Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie, Texas)

*Homecoming Game

Home games in BOLD CAPS