BHSU vs. SD Mines, longest NCAA Div. II football rivalry, to be broadcast live on ESPN3

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, August 19, 2015/Categories: 2015








The historic rivalry between the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets and the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers the longest-running in NCAA Div. II college football, will receive national exposure this year with a national telecast through ESPN3.

As many as 5,000 people are expected to attend the historic game, SD Mines President Heather Wilson announced during a news conference held jointly today with BHSU.

"The SD Mines game against BH is a great college sports rivalry. We want all of Rapid City to join us in the game and benefit from the exposure brought by ESPN coverage," Wilson said.

The Sept. 12 game at O&rsquoHarra Stadium in Rapid City (6 p.m. start) will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will be the kickoff game for the NCAA Div. II Game-of-the-Week Series.

"The Yellow Jackets are looking forward to competing with the Hardrockers in the battle for the Homestake Trophy," said BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. "This longstanding rivalry is always a fun game. Our scholar-athletes work hard on and off the field. It&rsquos great that BHSU will have national exposure this year as the game is shown on ESPN3. Our alumni across the nation and world will be watching and cheering. Go Jackets."

SD Mines will play host to BHSU in the 130th meeting between the two programs which has been dubbed "The Black Hills Brawl &ndash The Battle for the Homestake Trophy." The rivalry is the oldest in NCAA Div. II and the third longest in all of college football.

"As a BHSU Football Alum who had the opportunity to personally take part in the history of this rivalry, for this game to be recognize in its 130th meeting between the two institutions by being featured as the NCAA Div. II Game of the Week and televised on ESPN3 is awesome," said Jhett Albers, athletic director at BHSU. "We are very excited to showcase our program and battle for the Homestake Trophy".

The game between SD Mines and BHSU first started in 1885. The all-time record currently has the Hardrockers leading the series: 60-58 with 11 ties.

"This truly is one of the best rivalries in all of college football," said Hardrocker football head coach Stacy Collins. "There is so much history between these two programs and it culminates into a great game that is worthy of this type of attention."

ESPN3 will work with the NCAA to stream the NCAA Div. II Game-of-the-Week schedule and will be a great venue to showcase the Black Hills Brawl, as well as bring exposure to both institutions on a national scale.

"Any rivalry that dates back 130 meetings deserves attention," said John Reiners, Yellow Jacket head football coach. "I have only been a part of six of these games, but I learned early on from BHSU boosters and alumni the importance of the Homestake Trophy residing in Spearfish."

ESPN3 is a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

"Kicking off the Game-Of-The-Week schedule is huge for South Dakota Mines," said Hardrocker Athletic Director Joel Lueken. "This is a great rivalry between two great institutions."

Advance tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per student prior to game day by calling the Hardrocker ticket office at 605-394-2351. Tickets on the day of the game will be $12 per adult and $10 per student.

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