1974 Pioneer Bowl
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications

1974 Pioneer Bowl
CMU 35, Louisiana Tech 14
December 7, 1974
Wichita Falls, Texas

The Chippewas traveled to Wichita Falls, Texas, for the Pioneer Bowl - the Division II national championship semifinal with CMU handing Louisiana Tech a 35-14 defeat to advance to the national championship game.

The Chippewas advanced to the bowl game after defeating Boise State, 20-6, in regional action.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Chippewas scored quickly in the second on a Walt "Smoke" Hodges 1-yard run. The Chippewas then scored an additional four unanswered touchdowns, including two by Dick Dunham.

 The CMU defense also stepped up forcing seven turnovers (six interceptions and a fumble).  The Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard with 9:45 left in the game.  Louisiana Tech scored on a 5-yard TD pass and then added a TD run four minutes later.

Mike Franckowiak was named the Offensive Player of the Game while Rick Newsome earned the defensive honor.

Game Statistics

  1 2 3 4 Final
CMU 0 14 7 14 35
Louisiana Tech 0 0 0 14 14
 
Attendance - 12,200  

Team   Qt.   Play  
CMU   2   Hodges 1-yard run (Franckowiak PAT)  
CMU   2   Franckowiak 1-yard run (Franckowiak PAT)  
CMU   3   Dunham 1-yard run (Franckowiak PAT)  
CMU   4   Dunham 3-yard run (Franckowiak PAT)  
CMU   4   Means 5-yard pass Franckowiak (Franckowiak PAT)  
La. Tech   4   Moody 5-yard pass from Haynes (Pope PAT)  
La. Tech   4   Moody 15-yard run (Pope PAT)  
           

    CMU   La. Tech
First Downs   18   14
Rushing Attempts   67   38
Net Rushing   277   143
Net Passing   89   165
Passes Attempted   14   31
Passes Completed   7   13
Interceptions   1   6
Total Plays   81   69
Total Net Yards   366   308
Fumbles/Lost   0/2   1/2
Penalties/Yards   5/52   1/12
         


Rushing
CMU -
Walt "Smoke" Hodges 21-118, Dick Dunham 19-86, Mike Woroniecki 8-35, Mike Franckowiak 10-22, Greg Drypen 3-9, Gary Baginski 2-7, Mose Rison 4-0
La. Tech - Harper 10-45, McDaniel 14-45, Moody 3-23, Robertson 4-22, White 3-13, Barber 1-4, Haynes 2-(-3)

Passing
CMU -
Mike Franckowiak 7-14-1 for 89
La. Tech - Haynes 10-23-5 for 139, Robertson 3-8-1 for 26

Receiving
CMU -
Matt Means 7-89
La. Tech - Harper 4-41, Barber 3-36, Moody 2-45, Ryckman 1-15, White 1-8, McDaniel 1-7, Foppe 1-4

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