Montclair, NJ (11/17/10) - You can follow all of the action of the Montclair State football team as they take on Hampden-Sydney in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division Playoffs on Saturday, November 20. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon.
The game has been 40 years in the making as Montclair and Hampden-Sydney last met in the 1970 Knute Rockne Bowl which back then was the NCAA East Region championship (The West championship was the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, which is now the Division III championship contest). On November 28, Montclair edged Hampden-Sydney, 7-6 in the Atlantic City Convention Center as the then-Indians stopped a two-point conversion attempt to preserve the victory. A grass field was installed for the contest.
The appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs will be Montclair’s 10th overall and second straight marking the first time MSU has made back-to-back appearances since a run of three straight playoffs from 1999-2001. Last season the Red Hawks knocked off Maine Maritime at home, 38-22 in the opening round before falling to eventual national-runner-up Mount Union the following week. Overall, Montclair is 8-9 in its NCAA Division III Playoff history and 9-9 in total NCAA trips which includes the aforementioned Knute Rockne Bowl.