Johnny Hector of Texas A&M scored two touchdowns and teammate Gary Kubiak led a strong passing game as the Gray All-Stars defeated the Blue, 20-10, today in college football's Blue-Gray Classic.
It was the Gray team's first victory since 1978 in the annual Christmas Day game.
A third player from Texas A&M, running back Earnest Jackson rushed for 71 yards in 17 carries. "It helped having my two backs here," said Kubiak, voted the most valuable player. We were really relaxed and just came out here and played football."
Their coach at Texas A&M, Jackie Sherrill, also was offensive coach for the Gray team. "We had an advantage because we had a quarterback and two running backs from Texas A&M. They were able to work well together," Sherrill said.
Both teams made numerous mistakes. The Gray committed six turnovers, including five interceptions, and the Blue five.
Reggie Collier of Southern Mississippi shared time at quarterback for the Gray, but it was Kubiak who led his team to a first-half lead it never relinquished.
The Blue scored first, taking advantage of a fumble by Clemson's Cliff Austin to set up a 37-yard field goal by Steve Schonert of Northern Iowa.
The Gray scored twice in the second quarter, first on a 26-yard pass from Kubiak to Hector. On the next possession, Hector dived over from inside the one.
The Blue team came back on a fluke play in the third quarter to make it 14-10. Quarterback Steve Clarkson of San Jose State fumbled and running back Ken Lacy of Tulsa recovered. Lacy passed 32 yards to Wisconsin's Tim Stracka, who was waiting in the end zone.
The Gray scored again in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard pass from Collier to wide receiver Stanley Washington of Texas Christian.