UND to celebrate 125 years of football
Pat Sweeney | Jun 26, 2019 AT 11:24 am
Over 12 decades have passed since the University of North Dakota and its football program have become synonymous with a winning tradition when Lieutenant Charles S. Farnsworth organized the school's first team, and since that January day in 1894, UND football has become a staple to the city of Grand Forks and one of the school's top sources of pride.
As the team is set to embark on the 2019 season, North Dakota Athletics invites fans to join them in recognizing and celebrating the 125th anniversary of UND football with a season-long commemoration of the history, tradition, and winning that has surrounded the program. Over the course of 125 years, UND has given fans plenty to celebrate with nearly 650 wins, 26 conference championships, 17 postseason appearances, and a national championship in 2001.
A century and a quarter in the making, the 125th anniversary commemoration is the epic, season-long celebration of the Fighting Hawks' rich history, and will be honored with a wide variety of events over social media, during the games, and off-the-field activities throughout the 2019 campaign.
"Very excited to celebrate our 125th year of UND football," said UND head coach Bubba Schweigert. "The rich, winning tradition and those have come before us is something that we always hold special in our hearts. The 2019 football team, as others, feels a responsibility to play the game with great integrity and effort, and we as individuals feel an obligation to represent the state of North Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and UND football at all times."
Below are a list of some of the events that will be taking place to honor the 125th anniversary of North Dakota football.
125th Anniversary Logo
The Fighting Hawks are pleased to unveil commemorative logos that will be used in select locations throughout the 2019 season. Fans can look for the logos on UND's football social media channels, inside the Alerus Center, and on select merchandise available at a later date.
125 Moments of UND Football
North Dakota Athletics is breaking open the archives to unveil 125 moments of UND football throughout the 2019 season. Starting on June 25, fans can tune into Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for photos and videos highlighting 125 special moments from 1894 through 2019. The featured moments are not considered a countdown, however, a collection of historical performances, seasons, careers, and games throughout UND's history.
Honorary Captain of the Game/Coin Toss
North Dakota will honor former football greats from past eras at the beginning of each of the six home games this season with its honorary captain recognition and ceremonial coin toss. With the list still being finalized, fans can find out each honorary captain prior to that week's home contest at the Alerus Center.
Robert Toftey's Hall of Fame Induction
Join fans on the eve before UND's Homecoming contest vs. UC Davis on Oct. 5 as, former captain Robert Toftey will be inducted in the UND Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame. Toftey was a three-time letterwinner for the Fighting Sioux from 1965-67 where he helped guide UND to the 1965 Mineral Water Bowl and the 1966 Pecan Bowl titles while also being named to the UND All-Century Football team in 1994.
Throwback Game vs. Northern Colorado
In the penultimate contest of the season, the program will honor the past with a throwback game on Nov. 16 vs. Northern Colorado. Coinciding with the national celebration of 150 years since the birth of college football, the Alerus Center will feature a throwback look while UND honors past legends of the program throughout the game.
2019 UND Football Home Kickoff Schedule
Aug. 31 – vs. Drake (Military Appreciation Game) | 4 p.m.
Sept. 14 – vs. Sam Houston State (Potato Bowl USA) | 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 – vs. UC Davis (Homecoming) | 1 p.m.
Oct. 26 – vs. Montana State (Family Weekend) | Noon
Nov. 16 – vs. Northern Colorado (High School Band Day, CFB150, #UNDFB125 Celebration) | 1 p.m.
Nov. 23 – vs. Southern Utah (Senior Recognition Day) | 1 p.m.