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Battle of the Piney Woods extended at Reliant Stadium

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Battle of the Piney Woods rivalry football game between Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin will continue to be played at Reliant Stadium through the 2017 season.

The Southland Conference schools will play for the third time at Reliant Stadium on Saturday.

Sam Houston State defeated SFA, 45-10, last season before 25,083 fans - the largest crowd in the 86-year history of the rivalry.

The Battle of the Piney Woods was first played in 1923, making it the fourth- oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston State holds a 49-35 lead in the series.

10/02 20:17:01 ET