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Knute Rockne Bowl Takes First Quarterfinal Matchup

Knute Rockne Bowl Win 75% vs. '79 H-SC Win 25%

ASHLAND, Va. – In the first quarterfinal matchup to determine the fans' top football game in R-MC history, sponsored by Steve Pace of Hometown Realty, the Knute Rockne Bowl victory over Bridgeport in 1969 defeated the 1979 win over Hampden-Sydney.

There were 174 votes cast online, and the Knute Rockne Bowl triumph received 130 votes for 75%.

The Knute Rockne Bowl win now advances in the 16-game bracket to the semifinals.

The next quarterfinal matchup will be revealed on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Here are recaps again of the first quarterfinal matchup:

Nov. 29, 1969, R-MC 47, Bridgeport 28. In Bridgeport, Conn., the Yellow Jackets defeat Bridgeport 47-28 to claim the 1969 Knute Rockne Bowl and win the NCAA East Regional championship. R-MC Hall of Fame inductee Howard Stevens rushes 25 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Forrest Decker catches 7 passes for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 1969 Yellow Jacket football team was inducted into the R-MC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Nov. 10, 1979, R-MC 9, Hampden-Sydney 7. Playing on a Day Field that had been reduced to a quagmire, the Yellow Jackets claim a 9-7 victory over the Tigers. Trailing 7-3 with less than 6 minutes to play, the Yellow Jackets face a 4th-and-5 at the Tiger 12-yard line. Quarterback Sean Shull hit wide receiver Ted Thomas on a middle screen. Thomas collided with the Tiger free safety at the 2-yard line but fought his way into the end zone for the game-winning score. The victory secured the ODAC title for the Yellow Jackets, the third for the Class of 1980. No other R-MC class has won three ODAC football championships.