Mansfield University wins first night football game in 121 years

Mansfield University's Kirk Haskill is illuminated by the lights as he puts on his helmet prior to a college sprint football game against Princeton in Mansfield, Pa. on Saturday, Sept.14, 2013. The game marks the first time that Mansfield has held an official night football game since 1892 when Mansfield staged the first-ever night football game. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
September 15, 2013 9:36:27 AM PDT
A northern Pennsylvania college is in the spotlight after winning its first night football game in more than a century.

Officials say the crowd was electric Saturday night at Mansfield University, which knocked off Princeton 24-14.

Mansfield hosted the first-ever night football game in 1892. However, that ill-fated contest ended at halftime after referees declared the lighting was too poor to continue.

Mansfield didn't try stadium lighting again for 121 years. Its athletic director jokes the university wanted to wait for all the bugs to be worked out of electric lights before taking another chance.

That chance came Saturday. Mansfield junior Jeremy Estermera ran for a game-high 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to victory.


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