The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the UT Martin Skyhawks have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2022 and 2024, FBSchedules.com has learned.
A copy of the football game contract was obtained from Western Illinois University via a state of Illinois Freedom of Information Act request.
In the first game of the series, Western Illinois will travel to take on UT Martin at Graham Stadium in Martin, Tenn., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The Leathernecks will host the Skyhawks at Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill., two seasons later on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2024, which will conclude the series.
In their first and only meeting on the gridiron back in 2003, Western Illinois defeated UT Martin 56-0 in Macomb.
The addition of UT Martin completes Western Illinois’ non-conference schedule for the 2022 season. The Leathernecks are also scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sept. 12 and host Southern Utah on Sept. 17.
Western Illinois has two other opponents scheduled for the 2024 season and can add a fourth if they desire due to NCAA rules. Both scheduled contests are on the road — at Northern Illinois on Aug. 31 and at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 14.
UT Martin now has two scheduled non-conference opponents for both the 2022 and 2024 seasons. The Skyhawks are scheduled to play at Missouri State on Sept. 10, 2022 and at Kansas State on Aug. 31, 2024.