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Football team to play in Cowboys Stadium

The 2011 Abilene Christian University football schedule is still a work in progress, but Wildcat fans can already put one must-see game in Arlington, Texas, on their calendar. ACU head coach Chris Thomsen’s team will play three-time national champion University of North Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Cowboys Stadium, the home of the NFL’s … Continued

SI's Sportsman of the Year for ’56 was Morrow

Sports Illustrated unveiled its special issue Nov. 30 honoring the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year, Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. But the magazine’s website also shows a collection of the 56 covers celebrating its annual honorees, including the January 1957 issue saluting Abilene Christian University student Bobby Morrow (’58), … Continued

Football team falls 55-41 in playoff shootout

The sports section headline in Nov. 28’s Abilene Reporter-News was frank, but nonetheless accurate: BLACK SATURDAY It had nothing to do with the stock market nor the state of global affairs, but a day (Sept. 27) when the post-season playoffs for football teams from three high schools and one university in Abilene came to a screeching … Continued

Young feted on 50th anniversary of gold medal

Fifty years after becoming the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to win a gold medal in the Olympics, Earl Young’s accomplishment was honored again by Abilene Christian University, his alma mater. Young (’62) ran the second leg of the winning 1,600-meter relay that set a world record (3:02.2) in the 1960 Olympic Games in … Continued

Wildcats begin playoff quest at home today

The last time Abilene Christian University won a national championship in football, they played in Seattle’s Kingdome, gas cost 65 cents a gallon, Jimmy Carter was president, the World Trade Center in downtown New York City was brand new, and NASA tested its first Space Shuttle. Fans of the Wildcats who remember those days may … Continued

Gale, Turner finalists for major awards

Abilene Christian University’s 11-0 and No. 2-ranked football team is powered this season by a high-scoring offense, and two of its leaders have impressed voters for major awards soon to be announced. Sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale, a native of Alva, Okla., is one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which recognizes the … Continued

Playoff tickets on sale for Saturday’s game

Fans of the 11-0 and No. 2-ranked football team from Abilene Christian University have three ways they can buy tickets to this Saturday’s home playoff game with No. 8-ranked University of Central Missouri. The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in Super Region 4, earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II national playoffs, and will … Continued

ACU star Gates reunited with his father

Edmund Gates knows something about transformations. Today he has a key role in a different one. Four years ago, the senior from Vernon, Texas, followed his cousin, Bernard Scott, to Abilene Christian University. Unlike Scott – a heralded talent on the field and now a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals – Gates had never … Continued

Wildcats & Javelinas: Deja Vu All Over Again?

It’s been 33 years since Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M-Kingsville played a football game the first weekend in October as potentially meaningful as the one tonight in Kingsville. In 1977, the same two teams played in a had-to-see-it-to-believe-it 25-25 tie that ended the Javelinas’ gaudy 42-game winning streak. The improbable result was a bitter … Continued

Manning, Knox shine in return to Texas

Two former Abilene Christian University football stars on the roster of the Chicago Bears had extra incentive to perform in front of hometown fans Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Safety Danieal Manning and wide receiver Johnny Knox helped their team defeat Dallas before a large crowd in the Cowboy’s new home in Arlington, Texas. Attendees included … Continued