|Ball State quarterback Frank Houk|
under center (Click to view game film)
The game, played on December 11th at Horace Jones Field (now Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was one of four regional championship games among schools belonging to the NCAA's College Division. It pitted Ball State against the also-undefeated Tigers of Tennessee State University, a historically black university located in Nashville. The game was named for renowned sportswriter Grantland Rice, who hailed from Murfreesboro.
Thanks to the work of the Ball State University Libraries, archival records documenting this game have been digitized and made freely available in Ball State University's Digital Media Repository. The Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection includes a complete color film of the game. The Ball State University Campus Photographs collection includes a series of digitized photographs from the historic contest. And the collection of digitized historic editions of the Ball State News/Daily News contains stories covering Ball State's bowl invitation, previewing the match up, and recapping the action.
|Jim Todd takes on a Tennessee State defender (Click for full image)|
|Ray Louthen, Ball State football |
coach (Click for full image)
|The Ball State faithful cheer on the Cardinals|
(Click for full image)
The Cardinal faithful were well-represented in Murfreesboro, as 2,400 Ball State supporters made the trip southward to support their team. Also making the trip was the Ball State Marching Band, the "Pride of Mid America", led by director Earl Dunn. The band performed in the bowl's parade the morning of the game and at halftime.