Football Hosts #22 Ashland In Home Opener This Saturday!

Football Hosts #22 Ashland In Home Opener This Saturday!

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will put its unbeaten mark on the line this Saturday (Sept. 15) evening as the Bulldogs host nationally-ranked Ashland in their 2012 home opener at FSU's Top Taggart Field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) under the lights in Big Rapids and will provide many Bulldog fans with the opportunity to watch first-year head coach Tony Annese's squad for the first time.  It is also being billed as "Agriculture Day" with a special tribute to farming.

Ashland enters the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game ranked 22nd in this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II National Poll.  Both teams own unbeaten 2-0 marks and enter the league contest with identical 1-0 conference records.

Tickets for the contest are currently on sale and can be obtained by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. They can also be bought online at The FSU Athletics Ticket Office is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) and fans can save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance.  

Tickets in advance are only $7 adults or $5 students (age 3 to 12th grade), senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff. Prices go up to $9 for adults and $7 for students ages 3 to 12th grade, senior citizens and faculty/staff on gameday.  Ferris students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards. 

Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $5 per available space, including Lot 2 on campus this season.  As a conveinance to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window this season on gameday, but not at the concession stand.

Saturday is "Agriculture Day" with a number of special activities in conjunction with the contest, which is sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau. The fun event will include contests, prizes, giveaways and more.

Additional events will include an equipment area with both new and antique equipment.  Fans will also have an opportunity to interact with farmers and learn more about an important part of the community and how food is grown. A petting zoo is also part of the activities.  

Tailgating begins at 4 p.m. (ET) and a a bean bag tournament will take place at 4:30 p.m. (ET) sponsored by the Michigan Army National Guard and the FSU ROTC.  A pregame tailgate concert by Gunnar and Grizzly Boys is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).

The outing is the first of back-to-back evening home games for the Bulldogs over the next two weeks.  This past week, Ferris State rolled up 665 yards of total offense and scored seven touchdowns in this past Saturday's (Sept. 8) 49-21 league-opening road victory at Lake Erie.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  A live video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at

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