Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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la off berth eludes ACU "We think we're going to be the best 8-2 eam in the nation, and we know an 8-2 eam is going to go to the playoffs," ACU lead football coach Ted Sitton said. Sitton, the 1981 Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year, said this before the 'inal regular-season game against Howard Dayne University. The Wildcats tried to prove Sitton's tatement to the NCAA Division Il alayoff selection committee by destroying lPU 56-7. For the next 24 hours, all they could do was wait- and hope. The victory over HPU proved to be an :mpty win, however, as the Wildcats were eft out of the playoff picture. The Wildcats came close, though. ,layers, fans and coaches almost could aste a national playoff berth after a four- Qpposite Page: Freshman running back flnthony Thomas dashes down the 'idelines during the Homecoming game. Vhis page: bottom - Billy Stiggers, Scott Poen 1622 and Richard Flores f70j rudely velcome a Stephen F. Austin running rack to Abilene during the Homecoming fame. ACU defeated SFA 31-0. year absence. But the taste became bit- tersweet in the second half of the game against Southwest Texas State. In fact, it became downright sour in the final 30 seconds. For the first 15 minutes the Wildcats played like a team possessed, striking for three quick touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Loyal Proffitt, who was named LSC Freshman of the Year and an all-conference player, fired scoring passes of 19 and 34 yards to Steve Parker on the Cats' first two possessions to give them a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game. LSC coaches also named ACU junior center Grant Feasel, junior guard Scott McCall and senior tackle Kris Hansen to the all-conference team. The next time ACU had the ball Proffitt threw a 49-yard scoring pass to Quinton Smith, also named to the all-conference team. The Wildcats had a 21-0 lead with only 6:36 gone in the opening period. Smith made 10 other catches that night for 221 yards, breaking the school and LSC receiving records he set a week earlier against Sam Houston State. But watching Southwest Texas, which averaged 37.5 points per game, was like watching a ticking bomb. Everyone knew it would go off. The question was when. The Bobcats, trailing by three touchdowns, started their comeback with two minutes left in the first period. Before the second quarter was over, SWT had cut the deficit to four points, 28-24. The third quarter was a story of missed opportunities, costly mistakes and one bad break. After the Wildcats kicked off, Willie Osbon blasted the ball carrier at the ll and Archie Green recovered his fumble. But a quarterback sack and clipping penal- ty moved the ball back to the 31, and the Cats settled for a field goal by Martin Perry. Wildcat linebacker Mike Funderburg intercepted a tipped pass at the ACU 36. The Cats drove to the Bobcat 27, but came away empty when running back Anthony Thomas lost a fumble. Nine plays later, Funderburg, an all- conference honorable mention, came up with his second interception of the season, returning it to the Bobcat 33. Two plays later, facing the third-and-25, ' ACU's luck ran out. Proffitt dropped back and fired the ball to Smith, who made the catch at the 30. Football 69

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