KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Wednesday, the 13th edition of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium was announced with the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats hosting the Washburn University Ichabods on Saturday, Nov. 15. Kickoff time will be determined at a later date. Tickets for this fall tradition go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 11.
“We are excited to continue hosting the Fall Classic tradition pitting two MIAA institutions at Arrowhead Stadium this fall,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “Arrowhead Stadium has a reputation for creating a great college football atmosphere, and we are thrilled to share this experience with these schools, their players, coaches and fans.”
The 2014 Fall Classic matchup features one perennial Fall Class participant in Northwest Missouri State and one first-time participant in Washburn. Both MIAA schools are coming off strong showings in 2013.
Northwest Missouri State, the home team for this year’s contest, is coached by fourth-year head coach Adam Dorrel who spent his first seven years with the school as the team’s offensive coordinator. The 2013 campaign saw NWSU register a perfect 15-0 record on the way to capturing the NCAA Div. II national championship. In Dorrel’s three years at the helm, NWSU has compiled a 36-6 (.857) record. The 2013 playoff berth was the program’s 10th-straight appearance in the NCAA Div. II postseason. Northwest Missouri State is 9-3 all-time at Arrowhead.
“Getting a chance to continue playing at Arrowhead was extremely important to our players, our program and our fans,” Dorrel said. “The entire Chiefs organization has been very good to our program for the past 13 seasons. There are so many positives from our end to continue playing in Kansas City that we made it a priority during the offseason to return this year.”
Washburn, the game’s visiting team, is led by 13th-year head coach Craig Schurig. Under Schurig, the Ichabods have compiled an 87-51 record, have appeared in three NCAA Div. II playoffs, won the 2005 MIAA title and finished runner up for the MIAA championship three times (2007, 2009 and 2011). In 2013, Washburn compiled an 8-3 record, ranking as high as No. 8 in the NFCA top 25 coaches poll. The Ichabods have recorded a school-best 10-straight winning season under Schurig.
“Our players, coaches and fans are very excited to play at Arrowhead,” Schurig said. “We look forward to playing in front of our alumni and fan base in the Kansas City area inside a tremendous NFL facility. What a great opportunity for us to play at the home of the Chiefs. It is an honor and privilege.”
The Fall Classic between Northwest Missouri State University and Washburn University will return to Arrowhead Stadium in 2015 with the Washburn Ichabods being designated the home team.