1982 Hall of Fame Classic

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1982 Hall of Fame Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Air Force 7 7 3 19 36
Vanderbilt 7 14 7 0 28
Date December 31, 1982
Season 1982
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
MVP QB Whit Taylor (Vanderbilt)[1]
DE Carl Dieudonne (Air Force)[1]
Attendance 75,000[2]
Payout US$400,000[3]
United States TV coverage
Network Mizlou[3]
Hall of Fame Classic
 < 1981  1983

The 1982 Hall of Fame Classic, part of the 1982 bowl game season, was the sixth annual contest and took place on December 31, 1982, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The competing teams were the Vanderbilt Commodores, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Air Force Falcons, representing the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Down 28–17 entering the fourth quarter, 19 unanswered points gave Air Force the 36–28 come-from-behind victory.

Background[edit]

The 1982 squad finished the regular season 7–5.[4] The Falcons lost to Tulsa, Texas Tech, New Mexico, Colorado State and Hawaii.[4] They accepted an invitation to play in the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl against Vanderbilt following their upset victory over Notre Dame November 21.[5] The appearance was the fourth overall bowl appearance and the first in the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl for Air Force. Stanford was the original selection, but became ineligible for bowl participation following their loss California.[5]

The 1982 Vanderbilt squad finished the regular season 8–3.[6] The Commodores lost to North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.[6] They accepted an invitation to play in the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl following their 27–16 victory over Tennessee–Chattanooga November 20.[5] The appearance was the third overall bowl appearance and the first in the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl for Vanderbilt.

Game summary[edit]

Vanderbilt got on the scoreboard first after Whit Taylor threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Norman Jordan to give the Commodores a 7–0 lead.[7] Air Force responded with a one-yard Marty Louthan touchdown later in the first and then on a 19-yard Mike Brown run early in the second to take a 14–7 lead.[7] The Commodores then scored a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes by Taylor to take a 21–14 halftime lead.[7] In the third, the Falcons scored on a 21-yard Sean Pavlich field goal and the Commodores on Jordan's third touchdown reception of the evening to give Vanderbilt a 28–17 lead entering the fourth quarter.[7] In the fourth, Air Force scored 19 unanswered points on a trio of touchdown runs to secure the 36–28 victory.[7] For their performances, Vanderbilt quarterback Whit Taylor and Air Force defensive end Carl Dieudonne were named co-MVPs of the game.[1]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Air Force Vanderbilt
1 11:06 7 75 Vanderbilt Norman Jordan 28-yard touchdown reception from Whit Taylor, Richard Anderson kick good 0 7
1 1:16 8 37 Air Force Marty Louthan 1-yard touchdown run, Sean Pavlich kick good 7 7
2 9:04 13 80 Air Force Mike Brown 19-yard touchdown run, Sean Pavlich kick good 14 7
2 7:21 5 63 Vanderbilt Phil Roach 15-yard touchdown reception from Whit Taylor, Richard Anderson kick good 14 14
2 0:46 4 50 Vanderbilt Norman Jordan 4-yard touchdown reception from Whit Taylor, Richard Anderson kick good 14 21
3 Air Force 21-yard field goal by Sean Pavlich 17 14
3 Vanderbilt Norman Jordan 4-yard touchdown reception from Whit Taylor, Richard Anderson kick good 17 28
4 10 92 Air Force Ted Sundquist 3-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed 23 28
4 Air Force John Kershner 3-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed 29 28
4 Air Force Marty Louthan 46-yard touchdown run, Sean Pavlich kick good 36 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 36 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Most Valuable Players in Former Major Bowls" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 100. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 37. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Stanford, Vanderbilt in Hall of Fame bowl". Daily Record. United Press International. November 16, 1982. p. 10. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Past Seasons Results". 2011 Air Force Football Media Guide (PDF). Colorado Springs, Colorado: United States Air Force Academy. 2011. p. 142. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Air Force gets bowl invitation". Deseret News. Associated Press. November 22–23, 1982. p. 2D. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Yearly Results". 2009 Commodore Football Media Guide (PDF). Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University. 2009. p. 162. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Hurt, Cecil (January 1, 1983). "SEC strikes out: Vandy can't stop Air Force wishbone, fall 36–28". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 10. Retrieved October 2, 2011.