Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:11:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:37:56 EST
The Mercer Bears will face off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on the football field in 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. It will be a huge step for the Mercer program, which is practicing for its first game in 72 years.
“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 1892, a game the Bears came out on top, 12-6. Since that time, the Yellow Jackets captured 11 straight wins in the all-time series with the last meeting coming in 1915.
Mercer will be entering their 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.”
The Yellow Jackets have captured four National Championships and made 16 consecutive bowl appearances.