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Game 1: Football vs. Texas State

RUTGERS (0-0) vs. TEXAS STATE (0-0) September 1, 2018 • 12:01 p.m. ET • Big Ten Network Stadium • Piscataway, N.J. PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football opens its 149th season of competition on Saturday with a noon game against Texas State at Stadium. It will be the first meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Bobcats on the gridiron. The contest will broadcast on Big Ten Network with Chris Vosters (play-by-play) and Shaun O'Hara (analyst) on the call. With BTN carrying multiple games in the time slot, click here for the out-of-market channel finder. Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Ray Lucas (analyst), Eric LeGrand (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline) return to deliver the action on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network (WCTC 1450-AM, ESPN NY 98.7-FM, WENJ 97.3-FM, WNJE 920-AM, XM 210). WRSU 88.7-FM will also broadcast the game. The event is coined "War Before the Shore" in honor of the New Jersey tradition to head to the shore for the final weekend of summer. In addition to a Block R sandcastle and boats located throughout the stadium, there will be many other fan-friendly promotions such as an exclusive tank top giveaway for students while supplies last. The game is presented by PNC Bank. In July, the Rutgers football family lost a key member with the passing of Danny Garofalo, who was one of the Scarlet Knights' most loyal fans. Danny could be seen at every home game, during practice sessions and at the weekly coaches radio show. Players and coaches would stop whenever they saw Danny around the facility and made sure to greet him with a smile and a few encouraging words. Danny passed on July 12, 2018 after a courageous battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He participated in the coin toss prior to the annual Coach to Cure MD game, which raises awareness for the disease. The 2018 season opener will be dedicated to the legacy of Danny with his parents Dan Sr. and Jennifer serving as honorary captains during a midfield ceremony. Prior to his passing, Danny created a bucket list and continued to check off each item, living by the mantra "Make Every Day Count." The members of the Rutgers football program will continue to celebrate his memory and make every day count.

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