Roos ready to go international

When the Austin College football team takes the field on Saturday, Jerry Apple Stadium will have a distinctly international feel as the ’Roos will be playing host to Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey. This will mark the first time since the 1982 season in which Austin College football has taken on a team from south of the border.

The ’Roos, who are currently 2-2 overall on the year, will square off with Monterrey with kickoff time set for 1:00 p.m., but it won’t be just the fans in Apple Stadium watching the action as Mexican television station Multimedios will be broadcasting the game live to Monterrey’s fans back home.

Monterrey Tech has an impressive football history since their program’s birth in 1945 and will no doubt present a challenge for the ’Roos this weekend, with the Wild Rams having won five straight Division I championships in Mexico, and with 15 national titles under their belt. The Wild Rams have also been well represented in the professional football ranks, headlined by former player Juan Castillo, the current offensive line coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Monterrey Tech is coached by Frank Gonzalez, the winningest coach in Mexican college football history, and so far this season they’ve taken on three Texas schools from various divisions, including Blinn Junior College, Incarnate Word and former Austin College rival Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Despite not having played any Mexican teams in nearly three decades, Austin College is no stranger to international competition. Throughout the course of Austin College football history, the ’Roos have played the likes of Mexico City University, the University of Mexico, Nuevo Leon and Mexico Poly and have posted an overall record of 13-1 against those schools.

With Austin College’s strong emphasis on international study and the fact that the college has America’s top study abroad program with seven out of every 10 students spending time overseas, it’s a natural fit for the ’Roos to welcome some international competition to Apple Stadium in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Game time for the battle between Austin College and Monterrey Tech is set for 1:00 p.m. and admission is free.

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