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Football Earns ECAC Championship Bowl Bid and Will Host Norwich on Saturday

Springfield College Football Centerville, Mass. - November 18, 2013 - The Springfield College football earned a spot in the postseason and will host Norwich University on Saturday at noon in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Atlantic Championship Bowl.

Saturday will mark the sixth time the Springfield College football team has hosted an ECAC championship game. The Pride has won ECAC Bowl games in all five opportunities, winning in 1995, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The Pride finished the regular season 6-3 overall, including a 3-3 mark in Liberty League play, and closed out the year on a a three-game win streak. Last year, the Pride beat Alfred University, 31-8 in the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl Championship.

The last time the Pride played Norwich was in the 2008 season finale where the Pride took a 28-16 road victory.

Norwich finished the season 7-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play. The Cadets won their last five games, all against conference opponents.

Springfield and Norwich had five common opponents this season. The Pride went 5-0 against those teams while Norwich posted a record of 3-2. Springfield earned wins over Husson (36-0), Mount Ida (41-0), St. Lawrence (21-20), RPI (35-28) and WPI (35-21).

Norwich also beat WPI (31-14), Mount Ida (38-19) and Husson (28-23), but the Cadets fell to RPI (20-7) and St. Lawrence (14-3) this season.

After a win over WPI last week, the Pride climbed one spot in the national rankings, averaging 306.9 rushing yards per game, good for fifth in the country.

If you’re unable to attend, you can still follow the action as the game with both live stats and live video and can be accessed here.

Those who are attending the game and wish to tailgate, parking will be available in Lot 10 behind Blake Arena, and will cost $15 while spots are available.

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Head Coach Mike DeLong Mike DeLong enters his 32nd season as a head football coach in the fall of 2013, including his 30th year as the head coach at his alma mater, Springfield College. To date, DeLong currently has the second-most career wins of any active Division III football coach. Read more.

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