Coach: Bill Dole
Coach: Jack Boone
East Carolina came through with a phenomenal 21 point fourth quarter effort to defeat Eastern Kentucky. EK acquired an early 6-0 lead by capitalizing on a fumble deep in ECC territory. East Carolina came back a few minutes later when Larry Rudisill broke through right tackle for a touchdown, and adding a conversion, ECC took the lead 8-6. This lead was shortlived as the Maroons came back for an 80 yard touchdown march that gave them a 12-8 halftime lead. In the fourth quarter, the Pirates gained three touchdowns: the first by Vince Eiduke, a 56 yard run by [Tom] Michel for the second, and the last on a recovered fumble in EK's end zone by Richard Huneycutt to subdue the Maroons 29-12.
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Despite the intense cold and frozen field, the Bucs dominated the Eastern Bowl clash with Northeastern University. Both Tom Michel and Larry Rudisill made 80-yard touchdown plays in the second half. In the first period Michel went over from the fifteen to give the first tally of the game. Northeastern drove to the Pirate eleven yard line only to be blocked by the stout Buc line. After scoring two field goals, the Huskies relinquished the ball. Michel took the ball on a fake back lateral and scampered 82 yards to pay dirt. The next East Carolina tally came in less than three minutes. Larry Rudisill caught a deflected pass from [Bill] Cline and ran 50 yards to score. These plays took the spirit from the Huskies and the remaining minutes belonged to the Bucs. [Buddy] Bovender connected with [Maurice] Allen for 18 yards that clinched the game. Tom Michel was voted the game's top back; Frankie Galloway, most valuable player.
Three fumbles and a pass interception hindered the Bucs in the first half while Jerry Whelchel directed his team to a 7-0 halftime lead. The score came on a 12 yard pass to Redman edn. Whelchel converted.
In the third quarter, the Redmen added to their lead as Whelchel again teamed with Palm for 61 yards and six points. This time Whelchel missed the point after.
The Pirates started moving only minutes later. Jarring blocks and hard running moved ECC to the Massachusetts 2 yard line. George Richardson took it in from there, but the two-point conversion was missed.
Neither team could move the ball well until the fourth period when Bill Cline connected with end Whitty Bass for 68 yards to the Redmen 23. Four plays later, Cline passed to Pete Crane for the two-pointer and the game.