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Has this ever happened before at a Division III game?

Mary Hardin-Baylor opened brand new Cru Stadium in big-time fashion on Saturday.

Let's start with what matters most - the game. The fourth-ranked Cru blasted No. 5 Wesley College, 35-7, by jumping out to a five-touchdown lead through three quarters and owning a 461-105 yardage advantage.

As impressive as Mary Hardin-Baylor was on the field, it was the surrounding atmosphere that really knocked our socks off.

Every on of the 9,384 seats was filled with a person screaming his or her vocal chords raw. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony, a flyover and a post-game fireworks show. Wait, what? A flyover and a fireworks show at a Division III game? Does anyone ever recall that happening before?

All in all, it was a banner night for the second-best college football program in the state of Texas (check today's list of the top ten programs in Ohio). This video is basically a three-minute postcard for how football is done right at the small college level. 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.