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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2011: Houston (FBS) at UTEP (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox went back to his birthplace, El Paso, Texas, to see the UTEP Miners host the Houston Cougars. The Sun Bowl is one of those venues that we just love because of the views from the stadium. On one side you can see the mountains. On one side you can see Mexico. And, while there was no snow on this day, the stadium’s annual Sun Bowl sometimes ends up with snow on the ground due to its elevation (3,740 feet above sea level).
2012: Duke (FBS) at Wake Forest (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to see a pair of old ACC rivals tangle at one of the cozier venues in the conference. When we started this endeavor in 2010, our staff was looking forward to seeing some of these great college towns that we hadn’t hit to that point. Winston-Salem was at the top of Webb’s list, and this was a great opportunity to not only see the Demon Deacons at home but to knock another stadium off the list later in the day.
2012: UTEP (FBS) at East Carolina (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb finished off a two-game day by visiting the home of the East Carolina Pirates as they hosted the UTEP Miners (can’t get away from them on this day in history, can we)? It was a rainy day in Greenville, North Carolina, but Webb did his best to put together a photo gallery and take in a Pirates gameday.
2012: Wayland Baptist (NAIA) at Texas College (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was close to home in Tyler, Texas, to see the Texas College Steers host the Wayland Baptist Pioneers in what was then Central States Football League action. The CSFL eventually dissolved and the teams that were part of the conference moved back to playing football in the Sooner Athletic Conference, where most of the schools were already playing their other sports. Texas College, a Historically Black College and University, boasts among its alumni Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, who became the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and became a trailblazer for women who wanted to perform surgery, as she was the first woman to become a member of the Boston Surgical Society. Unfortunately we have no photo gallery from this game.
2012: Central Arkansas (FCS) at Stephen F. Austin (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox wanted to hit football in Tyler because he wanted to hit football in Nacogdoches, Texas, later that day as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks hosted the Central Arkansas Bears in Southland Conference action. The game features a curious footnote. Clint Conque, the head coach at Central Arkansas at the time, guided the Bears from 2000-13. Conque’s next job, oddly enough, came at SFA, where he served as the head coach of the Lumberjacks from 2014-17.
2018: Texas (FBS) at Kansas State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins didn’t need to be asked twice to take in some Big 12 action as the Kansas State Wildcats hosted the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. Never been to ‘The Little Apple?’ It’s one of those unsung college towns that doesn’t get enough attention. The stadium has seen plenty of expansion, thanks to the success of the Wildcats under Snyder, and there’s nothing like the students rocking back and forth to the Wabash Cannonball. This was one of the final games of Snyder’s career, as he retired for good after the 2018 season.
2018: Grambling State (FCS) at Prairie View A&M (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox knows that Cotton Bowl Stadium is more than just the home of the Red River Rivalry (Oklahoma vs. Texas). Each year the stadium hosts at least one more game, and in many cases it features teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On this day the stadium hosted Grambling State and Prairie View A&M, a pair of long-time rivals who play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The games are great, but the bands, well, the bands are some of the best action you’ll see on the field all day.
2018: Harding (D2) at Arkansas-Monticello (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was out to accomplish another two-game day, and that requires good planning. Fortunately, Webb found a pair of Division II games within spitting distance of each other. First, in a Great American Conference showdown, the Harding Bisons faced the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils in Monticello, Arkansas. If we’re having a unique mascot tournament, the Boll Weevils better be a high seed. Plus, while Cox was at Cotton Bowl Stadium, Webb was at Cotton Boll Stadium. See what we did there?
2018: West Florida (D2) at Delta State (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb then ended the day with a visit to Cleveland, Mississippi, as the Delta State Statesmen (gotta love the alliteration) hosted the West Florida Argonauts. At the time, the Argos were just a three-year old program that had already been to a national championship game (in 2017), where they lost to Texas A&M-Commerce. Delta State won the 2000 Division II national title.