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EKU, Roy Kidd win second national title, 1982

Posted on September 23, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Eastern Kentucky football coach Roy Kidd hugged senior quarterback Tuck Woolum after the Colonels won the Division I-AA national title on Dec. 18, 1982, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Eastern defeated Delaware 17-14 for its second national title in four years. The Colonels became the first undefeated team ever to win the I-AA title. “Oh, this has to be the greatest,” Kidd said. “To go undefeated and win the national championship, … it’s unbelievable. There’s no doubt that this is the greatest team. … The greatest. The defense definitely won this game for us. But we won this year because we are a team. All year long, this has been a team. One heck of a team.” Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season. At the time, he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS). He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame inducted Kidd into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Before the 2017 home opener Sept. 23, the school will unveil a statue of the College Football Hall of Fame coach in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium. Click here to see more images of the legendary coach from our archives. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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