Way back in 1982, the #1 ranked, Bankston sponsored, SMU Mustangs came to the Jones and it was my first Tech game to go to without a sponsor+ just me and some friends. We sat in the cheap south end zone lower southwest area. It turned out to be one of the best seats in the stadium to see the games concluding events.
I remember it was a great game back and forth and Tech was the ultimate underdogs as in those days- Tech was terrible and the coach was Jerry Moore, who I think coaches at Appalachian State who beat Michigan at the Big House. Anyway- the place was packed and mostly to see what a top ranked team looked like and maybe we had a prayer to beat their overpaid players.
I remember Tech was driving for the winning score behind 27-24 and it was 4th and 2 at about the 10 or 15 and everyone wanted Tech to go for it and were actually disappointed when Tech kicked the FG to tie it......with 17 seconds left.
And then the play for the ages, the kickoff goes to the ten, the deep guy bobbles it for a second or two and then he raises up and looks left. Thats when I knew what was going to happen. I could see Bobby Leach (ironic) standing all alone on the 9 yard line...right in front of me....Our only chance was if he drops it....He doesnt and there is no one around and none of our jugbutts (it looked like we had no safeties) are gonna run this world class sprinter down.
I do remember that one of our guys way behind chasing gets totally clipped from behind at about the SMU 40 but it was probably a good no call as it was behind the play. The second Leach (or Leech?) caught that ball you could have heard a pin drop in the Jones.....
Check out of some of the highlights from the game that I found on youtube....Hoping for a big win on 'Sunday and I will be there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx1PccepNHQ