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Alfred State saves Homecoming for UR Football

Rochester, N.Y.-- On the practice field Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets football team was all business. But they were also relieved to learn there would be a homecoming game afterall on Saturday.

The U of R was scheduled to play The Merchant Marine Academy. But then there was the partial government shutdown. Staff at the military school was furloughed. Students were sent home for an early Fall break.

The U of R was prepared to cancel the game and tell thousands of alumni and other fans that there would be no football.

But first they asked Alfred State if they would step in and play. The team was thrilled and their schedule for Saturday was clear.

Dennis O'Donnell, Communications Director for the university's athletic department said the school is grateful to Alfred State for agreeing to play so the game can go on.

Players like Brandon Young are excited to have a game on Saturday. Brandon said it doesn't matter who the opponent is, the important part is that it is a special day.

Other students like Eric Franklin said it's crazy that a government shutdown would impact football. Franklin said it is a great weekend and he's glad the game is on.

So is baseball player Nate Malberg. He said football is the number one staple during Homecoming weekend and he's looking forward to a good game and a great weekend.

What's interesting about the matchup Saturday, is that the U of R and Alfred State have never played each other in football. So it will be a good game.

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Washington Times