1985 Peach Bowl

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1985 Peach Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Army 7 14 7 3 31
Illinois 3 13 7 6 29
Date December 31, 1985
Season 1985
Stadium Fulton County Stadium
Location Atlanta, Georgia
MVP Offense, QB Rob Healy (Army)
Defense, S Peel Chronister (Army)
Attendance 29,857
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers: Gary Bender and Steve Davis
Peach Bowl
 < 1984  1986

The 1985 Peach Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia between the Army Cadets and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini on December 31, 1985. The game was the final contest of the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams, and ended in a 31–29 victory for Army, the second bowl victory in school history.

Game summary[edit]

On a cold and rainy day in Atlanta, Army scored two touchdowns on halfback option plays to take an eight-point lead into the final five minutes. Trailing 31-23 with less than a minute remaining, Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau hit All-American receiver David Williams for a 54-yard touchdown to bring the Fighting Illini within two points of a tie. Trudeau's two-point conversion pass attempt was broken up and Army handed Illinois its third consecutive Bowl defeat in the 1980s. Trudeau set Peach Bowl records with 38 completions in 55 attempts for 401 yards.

Scoring summary[edit]

Quarter Team Scoring summary Score
Army Illinois
1 Army Rob Healy 22-yard touchdown run, Craig Stopa kick good 7 0
Illinois Chris White 45-yard field goal 7 3
2 Illinois Cap Boso 1-yard touchdown reception from Jack Trudeau, Chris White kick good 7 10
Army Doug Black 1-yard touchdown run, Craig Stopa kick good 14 10
Army Bennie White 33-yard touchdown reception from William Lampley, Craig Stopa kick good 21 10
Illinois David Williams 15-yard touchdown reception from Jack Trudeau, pass failed 21 16
3 Illinois Ray Wilson 1-yard touchdown run, Chris White kick good 21 23
Army Scott Spellmon 26-yard touchdown reception from Clarence Jones, Craig Stopa kick good 28 23
4 Army Craig Stope 39-yard field goal 31 23
Illinois David Williams 54-yard touchdown reception from Jack Trudeau, pass failed 31 29
31 29

Statistical summary[edit]

Team Statistics

(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 77-401-478; ARMY - 291-94-385

Individual Statistical Leaders

Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Thomas Rooks 10-35-0, Wilson 8-31-1; ARMY - Healy 23-107-1, Lampley 16-76-0, Black 15-73-1.

Passing (Att.-Comp.-Yds.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Trudeau 55-38-2-3-401; ARMY - Healy 6-3-1-0-35.

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - David Williams 7-109-2, Stephen Pierce 6-92-0, Anthony Williams 5-59-0.