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Kickoff Time Set For Drake's 2011 Football Home Opener

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Release: June 23, 2011
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa--The Drake football team will open its 2011 home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 10, kicking off at 6 p.m. at Drake Stadium versus Grand View.

The Grand View game is the first of six home dates on the 2011 football schedule, and the first of two in a row at night.

"We're excited about our 2011 schedule," said head coach Chris Creighton. "Having six home games at Drake Stadium is great for our fans, and having the first two at night gives them the chance to experience Drake football under the lights, which has always been a fantastic environment."

The Bulldogs will debut on the road, Thursday, Sept. 1 at North Dakota, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CDT).

"The focus right now for our team is on that first game, going up to North Dakota on a Thursday night," Creighton said. "Our team relishes the opportunity to play a scholarship program from the FCS."

Drake's conference slate begins Saturday, Sept. 24 at Butler, and has the Bulldogs on the road three of the first four weeks. Conversely, they will close with three of the final four games at home, including dates with Jacksonville Nov. 5 and Dayton Nov. 12 to conclude the regular season.

"The Pioneer Football League once again is strong and balanced," Creighton said. "With that parity, every team can win or lose every single week. We have to consistently be at our best to achieve the goals we have set, but they are very attainable with the team we have."

One feature of the conference schedule is the reappearance of Morehead State, as Davidson drops off the Bulldogs list of opponents in the PFL's two-year rotation system.

"In this next rotation we face Morehead State on the road first (Oct. 8)," Creighton explained. "This will be the first time that most of our guys have played a game at Morehead State in that environment."

The Bulldogs' complete schedule is listed below. Kickoff time has not yet been set for the Oct. 29 game at Marist.

Drake Bulldogs 2011 Football Schedule
Day, Date          Opponent, Time
Thu.,  Sept. 1     at North Dakota, 7 p.m.
Sat.. Sept. 10    GRAND VIEW, 6 p.m.
Sat.. Sept. 17    MISSOURI S&T, 6 pm
Sat., Sept. 24     at Butler, 12 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 1        CAMPBELL, 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 8        at Morehead St., 12 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 15      at San Diego, 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 22      VALPARAISO, 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 29      at Marist, TBA
Sat., Nov. 5       JACKSONVILLE, 1 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12     DAYTON, 1 p.m.

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