Mercer University has the most successful first-year football program in NCAA Division I history. The Mercer University Bears wrapped up their first football season in 72 years Saturday with a record-setting win against Stetson University. The team defied low preseason expectations and topped a record for most wins in a debut season previously set by Old Dominion in 2009.
If Mercer University's new football team wins their homecoming game in Macon Saturday they will be the winningest first-year program in Division I history. Mercer University’s rebooted football team didn’t win their shot at the championship title with a loss at Marist College last Saturday, but the possibility of setting a national record still exists. Mercer’s first team in 72 years wasn’t expected to go 9-2 in their debut season. Their mostly-freshmen roster was picked to finish 11th in the Pioneer Football League, yet they came close to winning the conference title.
Mercer University football's five-game winning streak is over. Mercer was bested 33-7 by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York Saturday. The Bears had the possibility to clinch a share of the Pioneer League title, after San Diego withdrew from contention over rules violations. The loss means those dreams are over.
The winning touchdown in Mercer's victory over Jacksonville University on Saturday came on a sensational trick play, where quarterback John Russ faked a running handoff to ultimately sail the ball into the end zone.
Mercer University football was back on the road Saturday afternoon against Davidson College. The Bears had no problems declawing the Wildcats, defeating them 51-26 to get their second straight road win.
Mercer University football heads back out on the road this Saturday to take on conference rival Davidson University. The Wildcats are on their ninth life going into the weekend, as they’re 0-8 on the season.