Football Announces 2020 Non-Conference Schedule


SFU will open the 2020 season with three non-conference games before finishing the season with eight straight Northeast Conference contests. 

Last season, the team finished with a final record of 6-6. Three of those losses came in overtime in NEC games. 

The Red Flash will open the season on Sept. 3 at Richmond in a night game. The Spiders, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, finished 5-7 in 2019. 

Despite the Spiders’ record, the team managed to beat three teams in the FCS Top 25.

“I’m looking forward to the environment (at Richmond),” said junior wide receiver Brandan Lisenby. “We don’t get a lot of night games, so it will be a good experience to open up the season with one. 

“Richmond is a good team and this will be a test to see where we’re at in the beginning of the year.”

The Red Flash will then travel to New York to play Buffalo. The Bulls are the first FBS opponent for the Red Flash in the school’s history. 

Buffalo finished 2019 with a record of 8-5 and beat Charlotte, 31-9, in the Bahamas Bowl last December.

“It feels great to be able to play an FBS team,” said senior wide receiver Ra’Shaun Henry. “Win or lose, this helps the team and individual players get some more recognition for the next level.”

The Bulls are a member of the Mid-American Conference.

“Buffalo is a top-tier contender for their conference,” said Henry. “I believe we can upset them with the players we have.”

The final out-of-conference opponent the Red Flash will face in 2020 is Lehigh, which is a member of the Patriot League. 

The two teams have played one another in each of the past two seasons, and both games came down to a game-winning field goal, with the Mountain Hawks winning in 2018 and the Flash prevailing in 2019.