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June 7, 2011

Starting time announced as 11 a.m. for season-opening game at Iowa

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- An 11 a.m. CT starting time has been announced for Tennessee Tech's season-opening football game at the University of Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Iowa City.  Kickoff times for the first three weekends of the 2011 season were announced Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference, with the Tech-Iowa contest slated for telecast by the Big Ten Network.

The game against the Hawkeyes will mark the 15th consecutive year that the Golden Eagles have stepped up to play an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Last season, Tech -- a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) -- faced eventual Rose Bowl champion TCU and Sugar Bowl participant Arkansas.

Tech's visit to Iowa will mark the school's first game against a Big 10 opponent. The game will be played in Iowa's historic Kinnick Stadium, a 70,585-seat venue built in 1929. Last year, on the way to a 8-5 record, Iowa sold out all seven home games. The Hawkeyes went on to win the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28, topping No. 12 Missouri, 27-24. The Hawkeyes played one of the nation’s toughest schedules, facing seven ranked opponents and claiming wins in four of the matchups.

Iowa returns 38 letterwinners in 2011, including 11 starters with five on offense and five on defense.

Tickets for the game at Iowa may be purchased through the Tech Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center. Tickets are $57 each. For more information or to order tickets to the game, or 2011 Golden Eagle season tickets, please call (931) 372-3940.