1974 Grantland Rice Bowl

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1974 Grantland Rice Bowl
1234 Total
Delaware 021721 49
UNLV 3008 11
Date December 7, 1974
Season 1974
Stadium Tiger Stadium
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance 10,000[1]
Grantland Rice Bowl
 < 1973  1975

The 1974 Grantland Rice Bowl was an NCAA Division II game following the 1974 season, between the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens and the UNLV Rebels. This was the first time that the game was played at Tiger Stadium on the campus of LSU. Delaware running back Vern Roberts was named the game's outstanding offensive player, while his teammate defensive back Mike Ebersol was named the game's outstanding defensive player.

Notable participants[edit]

UNLV running back Mike Thomas and wide receiver Steve Haggerty were selected in the 1975 NFL Draft, while guard Joe Ingersoll was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft. Quarterback Glenn Carano, tight end Reggie Haynes, and tackle Blanchard Carter were selected in the 1977 NFL Draft. Thomas, Ingersoll, Carano, and wide receiver Mike Haverty are inductees of the UNLV athletic hall of fame.[2] Head coach Ron Meyer would later lead the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

Delaware running back Nate Beasley was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft. Beasley and head coach Tubby Raymond are inductees of the Delaware athletics hall of fame.[3] Raymond is an inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame, and the field at Delaware Stadium is named in his honor.

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP UD UNLV
1 8:37 UNLV 40-yard field goal by Jim Thayer 0 3
2 14:22 11 93 UD Nate Beasley 8-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 7 3
2 1:39 6 60 UD Vern Roberts 12-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 14 3
2 0:08 6 58 UD Vern Roberts 7-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 21 3
3 10:59 UD Vern Roberts 18-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 28 3
4 10:28 UD Vern Roberts 3-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 35 3
4 1:41 UD Bob Sabol 7-yard touchdown run, Hank Kline kick good 42 3
4 0:08 UNLV Keith Beverly 3-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass good (Mike Haverty from Glenn Carano) 42 11
4 0:00 UD Larry Wagner 53-yard kickoff return, Ben Belicic kick good 49 11
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 49 11



Program cover for 1974 game
  1. ^ a b Brandt, Roger (December 8, 1974). "Blue Hens Sink Rebs". Daily World. Opelousas, Louisiana. Retrieved February 4, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "UNLV's Athletic All-Time Hall Of Fame". unlvrebels.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Athletics Hall of Fame". bluehens.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Blue Hens surprise themselves". Reno Gazette-Journal. AP. December 9, 1974. Retrieved February 17, 2017 – via newspapers.com.