Columbia, Mo. – The University of Missouri has agreed, at the request of ESPN, to move its 2009 home football game against Nebraska to a Thursday night, to allow for a national telecast on the network. The Tigers and Cornhuskers will now play on Thursday, October 8th, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. (central). The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd.
The game will mark the first Thursday game to be played in Columbia since the Tigers hosted Colorado on Oct. 8, 1992 – exactly 17 years to the date of this year's upcoming game.
"We are very appreciative to Dave Brown and ESPN for the opportunity to showcase our program, our University and the City of Columbia. This is a marquee game that we are very excited to have featured on the national stage in this way," said Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "Our campus and student leadership are excited about the game, and we're certainly aware that playing on a Thursday presents some unique challenges. But our fans are great, and we're confident that they will come out to support the Tigers and show the nation what a great environment we have here at Mizzou," he said.
"We are looking forward with great anticipation to returning to Columbia for our first Thursday night telecast since 1992," said ESPN Vice President of Programming Dave Brown. "We greatly appreciate all of the assistance we received from Nebraska, the Big 12 Conference and especially from Mike Alden and the University of Missouri in making this happen. Nebraska at Missouri is a terrific addition to our 2009 Thursday Night Schedule," Brown said.
Mizzou is working to fill its final game for the 2009 season, with the only open date remaining on Sept. 19th. Details will be announced when finalized. The season gets underway Sept. 5th with the Arch Rivalry game in St. Louis against Illinois, and the home opener is set for Sept. 12th against Bowling Green. After the to-be-determined opponent comes to Columbia on Sept. 19th, the Tigers will wrap up non-conference play on Sept. 26th at Nevada.
Tiger fans interested in receiving season ticket information can visit the official home for Tiger Athletics for details, at http://mutigers.cstv.com/tickets/09-footbl-ticket-info.html.