CORSICANA, TX – Southern Arkansas has accepted an invitation to play a post-season football game at the Third Annual Heritage Bowl in Corsicana.
SAU (8-3) will meet Eastern New Mexico (7-4) of the Lone Star Conference at noon Saturday, December 7. The game will be played at Corsicana ISD’s 10,000-seat Tiger Stadium.
The match-up was made official during a web conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Tickets for the game are $10.
The Heritage Bowl, formerly known as the Corsicana Bowl, is one of only four NCAA Division II sanctioned bowl games. Since 2012, the Muleriders have played in three of those games.
The Muleriders (8-3, 8-3 GAC) won seven of their first eight games in 2019 and capped off the regular season by reclaiming the Battle of the Timberlands Trophy last Saturday. At stake for Southern Arkansas in central Texas is the program's ninth nine-win season all-time, first since 2016, and the first postseason victory since a 41-31 win over the Mexican All-Stars in the 1990 Aztec Bowl.
The bowl selection marks just the second time in program history that the Muleriders have made consecutive postseason appearances after playing in bowl games in 1947 and 1948 as Magnolia A&M.
The Greyhounds (7-4, 4-4 LSC) won seven games for the third time in the last four years courtesy of back-to-back wins over Angelo State and Western Oregon to close out the regular season. Eastern New Mexico finished fifth in the highly-competitive LSC.
The early December matchup will be the first between SAU and ENMU on the gridiron.
ENMU has about 6,000 students with its main campus in Portales, and satellite campuses in Ruidoso and Roswell.
A note of interest: Dr. Steven Gamble retired as ENMU president in 2017. He was president of the university for 16 years. Prior to that, he was president of Southern Arkansas University from 1992-2001.
Corsicana is a city of about 24,000 located 60 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45. It is the home of Navarro College. It may be best known for the Collin Street Bakery, known worldwide for the production of fruitcakes.
MULERIDER FOOTBALL POSTSEASON HISTORY
2018 | Agent Barry Live United Bowl vs. Missouri Western | L, 25-30
2016 | Agent Barry Live United Bowl vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville | L, 17-24
2012 | C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl vs. McMurry | L, 35-36
2003 | NCAA DII Playoffs Round 1 vs. North Alabama | L, 24-48
1997 | NCAA DII Playoffs Round 1 vs. Albany State | L, 6-10
1990 | Aztec Bowl vs. Mexican All-Stars | W, 41-31
1948 | Papoose Bowl vs. Eastern Oklahoma A&M | W, 41-12
1947 | Cajun Bowl vs. John McNeese (La.) Junior College | T, 0-0
HERITAGE BOWL HISTORY
2018 | Emporia State 30, Arkansas-Monticello 22
2017 | Central Oklahoma 38, Tarleton State 31