USF/Augie Meet For First Time In 26 Years
by KDLT News
October 20, 2012 7:13 PM
It’s been anticipated for more than two decades. Two of the state’s biggest rivalries finally meet up. The Augustana Vikings and The University of Sioux Falls Cougars took to the field at Kirkeby-Over Stadium on Saturday.
It’s a game 26 years in the making.
“As far as football goes, that's untested territory, we are looking forward to taking them on the football field,” said Augustana Senior Joseph Meider.
The Augustana Vikings and University of Sioux Falls Cougars met every year when they were both in the SDIC. Now, since both of the schools are in the NSIC Division II , the rivalry carries on. Even though the rivalry was before Meider’s time at Augustana, he's been waiting a long time to see how it all plays out.
"The best thing about rivalries, no matter what our record, we are going to come out and play as hard as we can,” said Meider.
Another senior is favoring the purple. He too, has been waiting for both teams to meet on the gridiron.
“Every since I've been here I have wanted this game. Today is the day. I haven't slept all week,” said Brady Nolz.
Even alums made sure they were back for the big event. Vinnie Olson, a USF Alum, said this was one game he always wanted to have as a former player.
"The players that I played with and the winning tradition in Sioux Falls, we always wanted this game,” said Olson.
Olson said the game was one he circled on his calendar months ago.
"It's just great to be out here. It's great to see all the guys that I played with and everyone coming together. We have had guys fly in, drive in and everyone wanted to be a part of this. I couldn't miss it,” said Olson.
As for one Vikings alum, he traveled from St. Paul to be at his old stomping grounds.
"I love this stadium and I think it's going to be a good thing year after year. It will be a good thing to have this rivalry,” said Tom Ferrington.
A new tradition with an old rivalry, keeping the spirit alive.
The two schools have already been playing each other in other non-confrerence sports such as basketball, baseball and softball.