Football to Battle Georgia Tech in 2016 Season Opener

Football to Battle Georgia Tech in 2016 Season Opener

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MACON, Ga. – With the Mercer University football program preparing for its first game in 72 years later this month, the Bears continue to build for the future, reaching an agreement to play Georgia Tech in the fall of 2016.


The 12th all-time meeting between the Bears and Yellow Jackets is set for Sept. 3, 2016 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at historic Grant Field in downtown Atlanta, Ga.


"We are excited to play a great institution like Georgia Tech," said Mercer Director of Athletics Jim Cole. "The Yellow Jackets have a rich history of excellence in academics and athletics and we are thrilled to renew a football tradition that dates back over 100 years."


Georgia Tech's first football game in school history came against Mercer, a game the Bears came out on top 12-6 in 1892. Since that time, the two teams have met 13 more times with Georgia Tech winning 12 of those and a tie taking place in 1896.


The Yellow Jackets captured 11 straight wins in the all-time series with the last meeting coming in 1915.


Mercer will be entering its fourth season of football in 2016 and third season of play in the Southern Conference when the Bears make the trek up Interstate 75 to renew a rivalry that dates back 121 years.


"It will be a big day for us in 2016 to travel to Georgia Tech and test our team against one of the premier programs in the ACC," said head coach Bobby Lamb. "Hopefully this is a stepping stone of things to come and we can continue to add Division I FBS programs to our schedule during the course of the next 10 years or so."


As one of the fixtures for football excellence in the State of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Yellow Jackets have captured four National Championships and made 16 consecutive bowl appearances.


The Bears return to the field for the first time in 72 years on Saturday, Aug. 31, welcoming Reinhardt University to town for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Mercer University Stadium.