COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Central Arkansas proved to have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
That was capped with a 34-14 win over Tennessee Tech in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The game marked the first time the Bears had ever played in an FCS playoff game. After picking up the win, they’ll move on to Montana next week.
Before that game, below is a look at some tidbits from Saturday’s victory.
THANKSGIVING: UCA spent Thanksgiving with practices sandwich between two meals.
"I was proud how we handled Thanksgiving," UCA coach Clint Conque said. "We made the trip and stayed focused and approached the game very well."
FOR THE SLC: UCA’s victory was the first on the road for a Southland Conference team since Sam Houston State defeated Eastern Washington in 2004.
ATTENDANCE: On a holiday weekend, the game drew 6,115 at Tucker Stadium.
THE LITTLE GUY: According to research by the Tennessee Tech Sports Information Department, Tre Lamb, Tennessee Tech’s quarterback, who is 5-foot-9, is one of the two tiniest quarterbacks in NCAA Division I football. The Citadel also has a 5-9 quarterback.
RIGHT POSITION, WRONG TEAM: One of the Golden Eagles’ formation was "Bear," a defensive end.
TOUCHDOWN CARNEGIE: It’s not exactly a "Touchdown Jesus," situation, but one end zone at Tucker Stadium is a statue right in front of the parking lot for a large library with a spire on top. Something to aspire to.