Cal Poly’s 2016 football season opener at Nevada has been moved up a day to Friday, Sept. 2 at Mackay Stadium in Reno, the school’s athletic department announced Wednesday.
The Mustangs haven’t played on a day other than Saturday since the 2014 season opener at New Mexico State on Thursday, Aug. 28.
Cal Poly also played on a Thursday night during the 2013 season against Portland State on Sept. 26. The Mustangs played on a Friday night on Oct. 5, 2012 against Weber State.
Nevada and Cal Poly last met in 1998 in Reno, a game that the Mustangs lost 63-0 and was the last time they were shut out in a game. The Mustangs have scored in 194 consecutive games since. The two teams have played 10 times, despite not having met for 18 years, and the Wolfpack have won six of the last nine meetings.
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Cal Poly is returning 50 letterman and finished 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference last year, good for an eighth-place tie.
Nevada, who won the 2015 Arizona Bowl, returns 15 starters and finished 7-6 and tied for second place in the Mountain West Conference’s West Division with a 4-4 mark.
If the 6:30 p.m. game isn’t selected for television broadcast, it will be streamed online via the Mountain West Network.