YPSILANTI (WWJ) – Eastern Michigan University beat Wyoming 27-24 Friday night, but a larger story loomed just beyond the football field.

Black Lives Matter protesters chanted throughout the nationally broadcast game – standing just outside of the entrance to the field — protesting days after racial graffiti was found on campus.

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Graffiti was discovered Tuesday on the Ypsilanti campus. It included the letters “KKK” — an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan — and another message including a racial epithet.

Eastern Michigan President James Smith said in a statement that the university “strongly condemns such a racist and thoughtless act.” Smith adds that he hopes nearby security cameras will provide evidence.

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The graffiti was removed.

As protesters neared the field, EMU President James Smith, reportedly gave permission for the student protesters to take the field post-game.

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Chanting, “No justice, no peace” the students peacefully walked arm-in-arm onto the field and dispersed shortly after.