ATHENS--------- The University of Georgia will play Northwestern State (La.) University on Sept. 21 as a replacement game on the date the Bulldogs were originally scheduled to play Tulane.
Tulane recently canceled the game leaving Georgia with only 11 regular season games in a season which permits 12 games under NCAA rules. It also left the Bulldogs with only six home games.
Northwestern State, a member of the 1-AA Southland Conference, lost in the first round of the 2001 NCAA playoffs to Montana, the eventual national champion.
"We had some indications late last Fall that Tulane was considering canceling the game," said Damon Evans, UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director. "Our preference initially was to play a Division1-A opponent, but with schedules made so far in advance, at this late date, it was very, very difficult to find a team that would fit the criteria we felt necessary. It was essential to find a team that would play in Athens to give us the seventh home game and also provide the city with the economic boost that a home game provides."
Georgia already has non-conference home games with Clemson (Aug. 31), New Mexico State (Sept. 28), and Georgia Tech (Nov. 30). Georgia has also picked up Alabama (in Tuscaloosa) on the 2002 schedule in addition to playing South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Florida, Auburn, and Ole Miss.