1,000th Football Game

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, Events, football Former Ottawa University football players visited campus in November to celebrate the Braves 1,000th football game. The Braves became the first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football team to ever play 1,000 games on November 12, when the team defeated the Bethel College Threshers 72-6. “Celebrating the 1,000th football game was a powerful way to reunite our Braves football alumni around a common endeavor,” said Nori Hale, director of alumni programs. All football alumni and past coaches were invited to attend the special event and were recognized for their contributions to Ottawa University football history on the field before kick-off. Current Braves football players were honored as part of Senior Day. The game also marked Head Football Coach Kent Kessinger’s 50th career win as head coach of the Ottawa Braves football team. “Ottawa University reached an important milestone at a particularly special time in the school’s history, as well as mine as a coach,” Kessinger said. “Not only were we the first University in the KCAC to play its 1,000th game, but we played that game having clinched the 2011 KCAC Championship.” Francis Sporting Goods of Lawrence, Kansas, sponsored the game and celebration with gifts to the University totaling $12,000.