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There was college football played yesterday, in Germany and Austria

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Sure, the start of the 2014 college football season is still months away (93 days and counting to be precise, at least on the FBS level), but there was actually some college football played yesterday, for those paying extra close attention.

Southwestern University, a division 3 program in Georgetown, Texas, travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to play an exhibition game in Germany against the Stuttgart Scorpions, a semi-pro team in the German Football League. Southwestern won the game by a score of 48-7, an impressive feat for a team that went 0-10 last season, the first year playing football at the school since 1950 and full of underclassmen. This will likely prove to be a memorable event that will be remembered for years and could help build the football program as well.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, Austria, it was D3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of  Claremont, California taking on the Austrian national team in the Turkish Airways Charity Bowl. The D3 program lost a 21-14 decision.

These trips rarely happen but are allowed under NCAA rules for a foreign tour. Typically the rule only applies to non-scholarship programs, which is why you will never see a Big Ten, ACC, SEC team etc. make a trip of this magnitude. It is a great way to get exposure for programs that rarely get much attention, but more importantly it is a great way to help promote the game internationally. The games receive a good amount of media attention abroad, and the kids going to play in these games come away with an unforgettable experience.

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13 Responses to “There was college football played yesterday, in Germany and Austria”
  1. overratedgators says: May 26, 2014 4:35 PM

    USA: Beating Germans since 1946.

  2. mcjon22 says: May 26, 2014 5:47 PM

    And college gameday wasn’t there why???

  3. thefiesty1 says: May 26, 2014 6:33 PM

    Good for the kids in Georgetown. They deserve a win after starting over last year. Congrats Southwestern.

  4. dcroz says: May 26, 2014 6:39 PM

    overratedgators: Actually I think that should say, “USA: Beating Germans since 1917.”

  5. overratedgators says: May 26, 2014 9:56 PM

    Touché.

  6. planecrashguy says: May 26, 2014 10:11 PM

    I remember D3 schools beating teams in Mexico in similar games, first games in Europe I’m aware of.

  7. Professor Fate says: May 26, 2014 10:24 PM

    Technically Germany was not defeated in WW1. They signed an armistice. The Treaty of Versailles led directly to WW2 where the Germans were, indeed defeated.

  8. dcroz says: May 27, 2014 7:20 AM

    Ah! Glad to see you know that! Very few people do!

  9. baraboo99 says: May 27, 2014 2:23 PM

    These games have beem happening for years. I have been coaching in Europe since 2002 and I have seen a few of them in person, and I actually coached against CMS in 2007.

    Some of the best clubs are at a D2 college level, most are at the HS level. But we do produce serious talent and these challenge games help us confirm the rise in level.

  10. footballaustria says: May 27, 2014 6:30 PM

    Claremont did not celebrate a win, they lost 14:21.

    http://www.crush-tv.net/video-5-128/austria-stags/

  11. thenfhltalk says: May 27, 2014 7:08 PM

    Yes, the Austrian National Team won the game against Claremont 21-14.

  12. martinschi says: May 28, 2014 1:47 AM

    Austria won 21:14

  13. eurofootball20 says: May 28, 2014 7:34 AM

    the level of football in Europe is comparable to D2 or D3 college in USA and has been that way since the late 80′s early 90′s. Sometimes higher level such as Austria, Germany top division. The win by Austria is no suprise. They beat team USA in 1995…Also Austrian League teams have competed with US colleges since 1991. Graz Giants won against US college team in 1991, Also Vienna Vikings and Swarco Raiders played several games with college teams and have won more than they have lost. US import players and coaches also enhance the teams.

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