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1978 Hall of Fame Classic

Annual NCAA football game

1978 Hall of Fame Classic
1234 Total
Iowa State 0660 12
Texas A&M 014014 28
DateDecember 20, 1978
Season1978
StadiumLegion Field
LocationBirmingham, Alabama
MVPRB Curtis Dickey (Texas A&M)
Attendance41,158
Hall of Fame Classic
 < 1977  1979

The 1978 Hall of Fame Classic was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Texas A&M Aggies and the Iowa State Cyclones.

1978 Hall of Fame Classic Intro articles: 3

Background

The Cyclones had finished 8-3 for the third straight year, going from being tied for 4th to 2nd to 3rd, respectively. This was their fourth bowl game of the decade. Emory Bellard had resigned as Aggie head coach after a 4-0 start led to two straight losses in Southwest Conference play. Tom Wilson led the Aggies to a 3-2 record down the stretch to get A&M to their fourth straight bowl season.

1978 Hall of Fame Classic Background articles: 2

Game summary

Curtis Dickey ran for 278 yards on 34 carries while scoring a touchdown. [1]

Second Quarter

  • Iowa State: Green 5 pass from Grant (kick failed)
  • Texas A&M: Brothers 1 run (Franklin kick)
  • Texas A&M: Carter 4 pass from Mosley (Franklin kick)

3rd QUARTER

  • Iowa State: Green 28 run (pass failed)

4th Quarter

  • Texas A&M: Dickey 19 run (Franklin kick)
  • Texas A&M: Armstrong 5 run (Franklin kick)

1978 Hall of Fame Classic Game summary articles: 2

Aftermath

Bruce left for his alma mater Ohio State after the game, and the Cyclones would wait 22 years until their next bowl appearance. Texas A&M did not wait as long for their next bowl appearance, going to the Independence Bowl in 1981.

Overview of "1981 Independence Bowl" article

References