1985 Bluebonnet Bowl: Air Force 24, Texas 16
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11:14 UT - William Harris 34-yd pass from Bret Stafford (Jeff Ward kick); Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards
3:37 AF - Greg Pshsniak 1-yd run (Tom Ruby kick); Drive: 5 plays, 64 yards
1:38 AF - Bart Weiss 1-yd run (Ruby kick); Drive: 5 plays, 32 yards
6:19 UT - Ward 24-yd field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards
3:35 AF - Pat Evans 19-yd run (Ruby kick); Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards
14:14 UT - Ward 31-yd field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards
7:34 UT - Ward 28-yd field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards
0:43 AF - Ruby 40-yd field goal; Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards
|Att-Net Yards Rush
|Net Yards Passing
|Time of Possession
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Bret Stafford (9-63-0); Charlie Hunter (16-58-0); Edwin Simmons (15-57-0); Darron Norris (7-36-0); Eric Metcalf (2-0-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Bret Stafford (9-18-2-88-1).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): William Harris (3-65-1); Everett Gay (1-18-0); Russell Hays (1-12-0); Darron Norris (1-2-0); Eric Metcalf (1-minus 2-0); Edwin Simmons (2-minus 7-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): John Teltschick (6-267-44.5).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Pat Evans (18-129-1); Bart Weiss (21-41-1); Johnny Smith (3-8-0); Randy Jones (2-7-0); Kelly Pittman (8-3-0); Greg Pshsniak (1-1-1).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Bart Weiss (1-5-0-5-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Kelly Pittman (1-5-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Mark Simon (11-541-49.2).
HOUSTON -- Pat Evans ran for 129 yards on 18 carries and 11th-ranked Air Force was virtually error-free in its 24-16 victory over the unranked Longhorns in the 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl.
Texas held the edge in nearly every offensive category, including a 302-194 advantage in total yards, but the Longhorns were penalized eight times and turned the ball over twice in suffering their fourth consecutive bowl defeat.
A 34-yard touchdown from Bret Stafford to William Harris staked the Longhorns to a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the afternoon. Texas had several more solid scoring chances, three times moving into the Air Force red zone, but each time settling for Jeff Ward field goals.
Meanwhile, the Falcons kept the ball on the ground for 53 of their 58 offensive plays and found the end zone on three occasions. After falling behind early, Greg Pshsniak knotted the score at seven with his one-yard plunge with three minutes to play in the first quarter.
Following a Bret Stafford interception in UT territory on the ensuing possession, the Falcons needed just five plays to cover 32 yards and Bart Weiss gave Air Force a 14-7 lead with his one-yard score.
The Texas offense continued to sputter until midway through the third quarter when the Horns marched the length of the field only to settle for a 24-yard Ward field goal, pulling to within 14-10.
The UT defense forced the Falcons to punt on their next possession and the Longhorns got the ball back at their own 23, looking for another lengthy drive and another score. Staffordís second interception of the day, however, killed UTís momentum, and two plays later Evans scored from the 19 and the Falcons went on top 21-10.
Ward would add a pair of field goals (31, 28 yards) in the fourth quarter, but the Air Force defense kept Texas out of the end zone to secure the 24-16 win in the teamsí first and only meeting.