WORCESTER, Mass. — Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut will resume their football rivalry during the 2017 season, as announced by Holy Cross director of athletics Nathan Pine and UConn director of athletics Warde Manuel. The game between the schools will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 9, 2017.
"I am pleased to announce our 2017 football game at UConn and I would like to thank Warde Manuel for helping to make this opportunity possible," said Pine. "It is important for our football program and our institution to play on the big stage against top football bowl subdivision competition, and to be able to renew historic rivalries in the region that our fans will enjoy. Holy Cross now has a game against UConn in 2017 and two against Boston College in 2018 and 2020, and we will continue looking for opportunities to showcase Holy Cross and our outstanding student-athletes in 2019 and beyond."
Holy Cross and Connecticut have played 28 times in their history, with the last meeting coming on Oct. 19, 1985. The Crusaders hold a 19-8-1 advantage in the all-time series.
"The team and I are excited to add UConn to our 2017 schedule," said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. "Games like this are great for building our football program, and can truly help us with recruiting and attracting top tier talent."
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