When Rynearson Stadium was new…
A lot of folks around Ypsi remember EMU’s 1987 MAC Championship and victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl.
Far fewer remember 1971, when, in the school’s last season as an independent, the team went 7-0-2 before losing to Louisiana Tech in the Pioneer Bowl. That season also included one of just two sell-out crowds at Rynearson Stadium; on October 16, 17,360 spectators saw EMU battle Eastern Kentucky to a 0-0 tie (capacity was 15,500 at the time).
Unfortunately, we don’t have video (that we’ve found) of that defensive battle, but thanks to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee archives we do have nearly 12 minutes of footage of the Hurons’ game the following week, in Milwaukee, which EMU won 31-0.
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has also uploaded a three-part video totaling 26 minutes of footage from the teams’ meeting in 1970, which the Hurons also won, 35-0. That game was in Rynearson Stadium, in its second season of use. (Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.)