DURHAM, N.H.--University of New Hampshire athletic director Marty Scarano announced today that he has contracted a contest for the UNH football team to play at Division I-A Rutgers on Sept. 11, 2004.

This will mark the third straight season in which the UNH gridders will take on a Division I-A opponent. In 2002, the Wildcats played at Kent State, and last season UNH took Central Michigan down to the wire before losing by a 40-33 margin.

The Wildcats and Scarlet Knights have met only once during their entire team histories. Rutgers holds a 1-0 series edge after defeating UNH, 32-13, in New Jersey back in 1939.

The Big East Conference school posted a regular season record of 5-7 overall and the squad was 2-5 in conference play in 2003. One of the biggest victories of the season for the Scarlet Knights came on Nov. 29 when Rutgers defeated Syracuse, 24-7, in Piscataway.

The game next season will be held at Rutgers Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 41,500.

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