EASTON - The Lafayette football team is slated to play Army in a two-game series beginning in 2016 with both games scheduled for Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.
The 2016 meeting, which is tabbed for Oct. 15, represents the Leopard program's first game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program since facing Army on Sept. 13, 1997. The second meeting is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2018. The teams have played 18 times with Army holding a 17-1 advantage in the series.
"We're looking forward to the chance to play against an FBS school like Army," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani, who coached against Army as a Lafayette assistant in the 80s and 90s. "They have a tremendous atmosphere in West Point and it's in a location that will allow our fans to make the trip."
Lafayette and Army met nine times from 1986 to 1997 including a 38-36 final in 1992 in which Tom Kirchhoff threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns as Lafayette scored 22 fourth-quarter points. Army kicked a field goal with five seconds left to seal the win, the closest decision in the series history. All 18 games in the series have been played in West Point, N.Y. with the first meeting in 1893. The Leopards' lone victory, 19-0, came on Oct. 26, 1940.
"A renewal of our football series with Army is an exciting opportunity for our student-athletes and community," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "We are looking forward to our return to Michie Stadium, one of the iconic college football venues in America."
Courtesy Lafayette Athletics
Allentown, PA 18102