The 1982 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens. The game was played on December 18, 1982, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The culminating game of the 1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season, it was won by Eastern Kentucky, 17–14.
The game was also known as the Pioneer Bowl, a name that had been used starting in 1971 for various NCAA playoff games held in Wichita Falls. The Colonels, making their fourth consecutive appearance in the I-AA championship game, became the first program to capture two I-AA titles, having previously won in 1979.
Eastern Kentucky ColonelsEdit
Eastern Kentucky finished their regular season with an undefeated 10–0 record (7–0 in conference). Ranked first in the final NCAA I-AA in-house poll and seeded first in the tournament, the Colonels received a first-round bye then defeated Idaho and fourth-seed Tennessee State to reach the final. This was the fourth appearance for Eastern Kentucky in a Division I-AA championship game, having won in 1979 and having lost in 1980 and 1981.
Delaware Fightin' Blue HensEdit
Delaware finished their regular season with a 10–1 record; their only loss was an away game at Temple. Ranked third in the final NCAA I-AA in-house poll and seeded third in the tournament, the Fightin' Blue Hens received a first-round bye then defeated Colgate and second-seed Louisiana Tech to reach the final. This was the first appearance for Delaware in a Division I-AA championship game.
Delaware's attempt to kick the extra point was blocked, but Eastern Kentucky was ruled offside on the play. Delaware then attempted a two-point conversion, with the ball being snapped 1 1⁄2 yards from the end zone.
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- ↑ "Eastern Kentucky Wins Title". The New York Times. UPI. December 19, 1982. https://www.nytimes.com/1982/12/19/sports/eastern-kentucky-wins-title.html. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ "Eastern Kentucky vs. Delaware". The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky): p. B 11. December 18, 1982. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31409406/eastern_kentucky_vs_delaware/. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ "Blue Hens Get Berth; Earn Opening Bye". The Daily Times. AP (Salisbury, Maryland): p. 10. November 22, 1982. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28120691/blue_hens_get_berth_earn_opening_bye/. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- ↑ "Eastern Kentucky Colonels 1982 Schedule". http://cfbinfo.com/team/eastern-kentucky-colonels/1982. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Div. I-AA TOP 20". Tallahassee, Florida. November 25, 1982. p. 2B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31409158/div_iaa_top_20/. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ "Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 1982 Schedule". http://cfbinfo.com/team/delaware-fightin-blue-hens/1982. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Freeman, Denne H. (December 19, 1982). "Eastern Kentucky wins Div. I-AA title". The Times and Democrat. AP (Orangeburg, South Carolina): p. 4b. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31410962/eastern_kentucky_wins_div_iaa_title/. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ Sutton, Stan (December 19, 1982). "Title was no easy Kidd's stuff". The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky): p. A 20. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31415089/title_was_no_easy_kidds_stuff/. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- ↑ "EKU 17, Delaware 14". The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware): p. D10. December 19, 1982. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31416017/eku_17_delaware_14/. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- "1982 Football Team Team of Distinction". https://ekusports.com/hof.aspx?hof=138. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- 100 Years of Eastern Kentucky University Football - Part 4 (1982) via YouTube
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