- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A longtime football rivalry involving two small South Dakota colleges is getting some national attention.

This year’s game between the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University will be broadcast by ESPN3. Officials at the schools hope the Sept. 12 game in Rapid City will expose their programs to more athletes from around the country.

“For this game to be recognized in its 130th meeting between the two institutions by being featured as the NCAA Div. II Game of the Week and televised on ESPN3 is awesome,” Black Hills State Athletic Director Jhett Albers said. “We are very excited to showcase our program and battle for the Homestake Trophy.”

The “Black Hills Brawl” rivalry between the schools dates to 1885 and is the oldest rivalry in NCAA Division II. Through the years, Mines has won two more games in the series than Black Hills State.

“This truly is one of the best rivalries in all of college football,” Mines head coach Stacy Collins said. “There is so much history between these two programs, and it culminates into a great game that is worthy of this type of attention.”

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