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Saving The Best for First

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NORWICH, Vt. -

Last year marked a historic year for the Norwich University football program.

The Cadets went unbeaten in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play to clinch their second league title in the last three seasons, as well as qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the first time in the program's 119-year history.

Now that they've had a taste of the NCAA Tournament, the goal from the start of the 2012 preseason camp has been to get back there.

Norwich will open up the 2012 campaign by hosting Western New England University on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 at Sabine Field. Last year, WNE scored a touchdown with 1:43 left to go in the fourth quarter to win a thriller 28-24 in Springfield.

"Western New England is a big game," Norwich Head Coach Mark Murnyack said. "Regionally it's about as big as it gets. These are the two New England teams that went to the NCAA playoffs last year. Our kids are excited about it. They aren't happy with the way we played down there last year and we're looking forward to getting them at home on Sabine this year to open the season."

--Norwich Press Release--

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