Football Releases 2012 Schedule, Announces the Addition of Lights to Barker-Lane Stadium

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BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will begin its 2012 football schedule with the program's first ever Thursday night game at Barker-Lane Stadium, kicking off an 11-game slate featuring six home contests.

CU's 2012 schedule will feature eight Pioneer Football League games, including four in Buies Creek. Campbell will be opening at home for the third time in five seasons, and for the first time under lights.

"We are very appreciative to the many Campbell alums and friends who have supported this effort to bring night football to campus," said CU Director of Athletics Bob Roller. "This opens so many doors for selected Thursday night games and later starts on Saturday will enhance weekends such as Homecoming and Family Weekend."

"Night football will be an exciting addition to Campbell University, to Buies Creek, and the greater area," said CU head coach Dale Steele. "Being able to play at night will allow our fans and our student body an option that will make for an exciting atmosphere week in and week out. It's another first for this program, and I think it's going to be a great experience for our football players and our fans."

The home of the Camels, Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field, will be adding permanent lights, allowing the Camels more options for practice times, as well as greater flexibility for broadcasts and other sporting events.

"This has been a goal of ours for the past year to gain more media exposure for all of Campbell University, and these broadcast-quality lights will allow the possibility of bringing other sporting events to Barker-Lane Stadium," added Roller. "We feel that football in the fall at Barker-Lane Stadium will be a great experience for our students and fans."

The Camels were 6-5 overall in 2011 with a 5-3 record in PFL play, marking the program's highest win total since restarting the program in 2008.

"We feel like our schedule is going to be a challenge," said Steele. "We anticipate the same type of games as we had last year in terms of each game is going to be tough and hard fought with the need to play hard each and every week to come away with wins. That is the reason why spring practice and two-a-days are going to be so important for our football team this year. We need to make sure that we are doing the things necessary to put ourselves in a position to win next fall."

The Camels' Aug. 30 Thursday night opener will kickoff at 7 p.m. against Shorter University. The game is Campbell's first non-Saturday game in the Division I era. Shorter, who posted a 6-4 ledger in 2011, will be meeting CU for the first time.

"Our non-conference schedule has some obvious changes with Shorter being added this year, plus starting the season at home on a Thursday at night," said Steele. "Shorter is a program that has played at this level before with its games against Georgia State in the past, and will be a good test for us to start things off."

The Hawks, who started playing football in 2005, own a 43-33 overall record in seven seasons. Shorter earned a conference championship and a postseason berth in 2008. The game against Shorter will mark the third contest that CU has played against a school from the state of Georgia since the program was restarted in 2008 with the other two games being against Georgia State during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Remaining at home for week two, the Camels will welcome UVA-Wise on Sept. 8. The 6 p.m. game will be the team's second of three under the lights at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field.

The Camels took on the Cavaliers in Wise, Va. to begin the 2010 season, with CU taking a 20-16 victory. The thriller featured then Campbell quarterback Daniel Polk rushing it in from a yard out with just 10 seconds remaining to secure the road win. The Cavaliers sported a 5-6 record in 2011.

Campbell will hit the road for the first time in 2012 on Sept. 15 at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The Monarchs, who restarted their program in 2009, made the FCS playoffs in 2011, advancing to the second round before falling to third-seeded Georgia Southern by a 55-48 score.

The Monarchs went 10-3 in 2011 and have gone 27-8 since restarting the program. Campbell and ODU have met annually since 2009, with the Monarchs holding a 3-0 edge in the series. ODU took last year's contest 41-14.

"We have seen UVA-Wise before and we know how tough they can be, plus we are going back to Old Dominion, who improves yearly, and it is always a challenge to take on a team that played in the FCS playoffs," said Steele. "It will be a challenge to start the season playing those three non-conference schools."

The Camels then open their PFL slate with a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. against Butler on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Campbell is riding a two-game winning streak over the Bulldogs, defeating Butler by a 38-23 score in Buies Creek last season. The Bulldogs went 5-6 and 3-5 in the league in 2011.

"We all know from past years that this conference is one that on any given Saturday anything can happen and I anticipate it being that same way again this year," said Steele. "The Pioneer Football League is one where teams improve throughout the season."

Campbell wraps up the month of September with Family Weekend on Sept. 29, a home contest against PFL foe Drake. The 2011 co-PFL Champions defeated Campbell 31-14 last season in Des Moines, Iowa, and are 4-0 against the Camels all-time. The Bulldogs went 9-2 and 7-1 in the PFL last season.

Following the bye week, Campbell will make its first trip to San Diego in the "Golden State," visiting the Toreros on Oct. 13. The contest will be the third in the series with USD, but the first time that CU has ventured to the West Coast. San Diego, who finished last season 9-2 overall with a 7-1 league record as the PFL's co-champion along with Drake, took their only conference loss of the season to Campbell last year in Buies Creek, 48-24.

The Camels will return home to host Davidson for Homecoming on Oct. 20. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be the team's third of the year under lights in Buies Creek. Campbell defeated PFL and in-state foe Davidson for the first time since restarting the program last season 26-20 in triple overtime.

The game saw Braden Smith rush in the eventual game-winning touchdown in the third overtime before defensive back Steth Monroe sealed the victory with an interception. The Wildcats went 4-7 last season and 2-6 in league play.

A trip to Morehead, Ky. follows with Campbell taking on PFL rival Morehead State at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. The all-time series between the Camels and Eagles is knotted at two games apiece, with each team taking both of its home contests.

Campbell defeated Morehead State 41-31 in 2011 in Buies Creek with Jordan Cramer running for a school-record 170 yards and tying a school mark with four rushing touchdowns. Morehead State sported a 3-8 overall record and 2-6 mark in the conference in 2011.

The Camels return home to Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field to take on Valparaiso on Nov. 3.. The Crusaders, who went 1-10 overall in 2011 with a 1-7 league record, defeated Campbell 34-31 in Valparaiso, Ind. last season.

Campbell's final road game of the season will be on Nov. 10 at Jacksonville. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. from D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins finished 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the league in 2011, defeated the Camels 57-21 last season.

CU will wrap up the 2012 regular season with a 1 p.m. home tilt against Marist on Nov. 17. Campbell defeated the Red Foxes 35-21 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. last season, pulling the Camels to 1-2 against Marist in three tries all-time. Brandon Chandler picked off two passes in the game for the Camels and returned the second one for a 42-yard touchdown.  Marist ended 2011 with a 4-7 overall record, going 3-5 in league play.

Game times for Drake and Valparaiso will be announced at a later date.

Campbell's annual Spring Game will be held on April 21 at noon at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field. 

2012 Campbell Football Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 30 (Thurs.)

Shorter University

7:00 p.m.

Sept. 8

UVA Wise

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 15

at Old Dominion

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 22

at Butler*

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 29

Drake* (Family Weekend)

TBA

Oct. 13

at San Diego*

5:00 p.m.

Oct. 20

Davidson* (Homecoming)

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 27

at Morehead State*

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 3

Valparaiso*

TBA

Nov. 10

at Jacksonville*

1:00 p.m.

Nov. 17

Marist*

1:00 p.m.

* Pioneer Football League Game
All Home Games Bold
All times Eastern