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Saturday's CWU Playoff Game gets the royal web treatment

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Fans unable to attend Saturday's NCAA Division II Football Championship Second Round game between Central Washington and Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb., will be able to follow along with the game action through their computers.

Saturday's game between the 9-2 Wildcats and 10-0 Mavericks, which is set for a 1:05 p.m. CST (11:05 a.m. PST) kickoff at Omaha's Al F. Caniglia Field, will be available with an Internet radio broadcast through the CWU Alumni Association. The direct link to the audio broadcast online is In addition to the audio broadcast, which will be available on radio dials in the Ellensburg area at 1240 AM (KXLE), the University of Nebraska at Omaha will have live statistics available on its athletics web site. Go to and follow the links to the football page and "live stats".

The match-up between fourth-seeded Central Washington and top-seeded Nebraska-Omaha will be the second meeting between the schools in the past three weeks. Nebraska-Omaha completed its undefeated regular season with a 59-21 victory over Central at Tomlinson Stadium on Nov. 10, earning the Mavericks a first-round bye. CWU, meanwhile, opened its postseason this past Saturday with a 40-24 victory over visiting Ashland (Ohio), earning the Wildcats their first-ever NCAA Division II postseason win. Central will be visiting Omaha for the third consecutive season, and the Wildcats are looking for their first win in the brief series with the Mavericks. UNO has won 28-21 (2005 at Omaha), 48-14 (2006 at Omaha), and the aforementioned 59-21 (Nov. 10 at Ellensburg) in the previous meetings in the series.

Central Washington, which now owns an 11-9-1 all-time playoff record (1-1 as a NCAA Division II member; 10-8-1 as a member of the NAIA), is coached by first-year head coach Beau Baldwin. Baldwin, a nine-year Wildcat assistant (1994-2002) and former CWU quarterback (1990-93), is the first coach in school history to lead the Wildcats to the playoffs in his first season as head coach.