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Then, as four SWT defenders surrounded
him, Smith pitched the ball back to runn-
ing back Lembia Kinsler who streaked into
the end zone.
But a referee ruled that Smith had
thrown an illegal forward lateral, and the
touchdown was wiped out.
Game films showed Smith pitching the
ball from the 30 and Kinsler catching it
just before crossing the 30-yard line.
Perry's ensuing 51-yard field-goal at-
tempt was wide, and the Wildcats never
scored again. But the excitement was not
Proffitt was intercepted in the end zone.
Then, several plays later, with 9:30 left in
the game, he fumbled a snap on ACU's
next possession. But the Cats got the ball
back the next play when safety Mark
Wilson, an LSC honorable mention choice,
intercepted his sixth pass of the season at
the ACU 2.
ACU punted four plays later, and the
Bobcats took over at the ACU 37. lt took
them only five plays to score.
Mark Miller, the LSC Offensive Player
of the Year, scored a touchdown, tying the
game at 31-31 with three and one-half
minutes remaining in the game. After un-
successful drives, the game remained tied
with 29 seconds left.
The Wildcats had to fall on the ball for a
tie. Had they known Texas ASLI would
upset Southwest Texas the next week, that
is probably what they would have done.
Instead the Cats played for the win. But
Proffittls pass was intercepted by Ken Cof-
fey. Coffey weaved his way down the ACU
sideline, picked up several key blocks, and
went into the end zone for the winning
score. Nearly every Wildcat on the field
had a shot at tackling him.
Most teams in the country would con-
sider an 8-2 season very successful. ACU
was no exception. They reversed their 1980
record and tied with A811 and Angelo
State for second place in the LSC.
But the disappointment came with los-
ing to SWT and not making the playoffs.
The Cats had a slow start in the season
opener against the University of Northern
Colorado, which led late in the third
Then Steve Parker took the kickoff and
blew past the UNC coverage for an 84-
yard touchdown return.
Perry, an honorable mention pick, kick-
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