Jackson Polar Bears at Louisville Leopards 1984 Football Highlights

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Louisville 17, Jackson 0

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On October 5, 1984 the Louisville Leopards held the Jackson Polar Bears to just 94 yards in blanking them 17-0.

The Week 7 matchup saw Louisville’s Don Israel run 9 times to lead all rushers with 89 yards and a touchdown.  Leopards Quarterback Bruce Mathie completed 9 of 18 passes for 97 yards and threw a 38 yard bomb to Matt Zwick for a late fourth quarter touchdown. Zwick finished with 3 catches for 51 yards on the evening.

Louisville’s first score came after a 47 yard drive that ended with a Don Webb 36-yard field goal with 11:55 left in the second quarter.  Webb lined up to kick the ball three times before he booted it through.  The first time was halted because of the expiring first quarter and the second was due to a penalty against the Leopards.  There was no icing the Louisville kicker though as he scored 3 of his 5 points on the night.

Next, the Leopard defense pinned the Polar Bears deep into their own endzone.  A short punt allowed Louisville to start their drive from the 30 and eventually Israel scored.

The nail was put in the coffin in the final period when Brian Brahler recovered a Jackson fumble on the Polar Bear 42-yard-line.  Two plays later Mathie delivered the knockout blow to Zwick.

For Jackson, Matt Marshall and Chuck Popa combined for 55 yards passing.  The Polar Bears got as close as the Louisville 16-yard-line late in the third quarter, but Louisville slammed the door and got the ball back on downs.

At the conclusion of the game Louisville was 4-2, 3-1 and Jackson was 3-3, 1-3.  The victory was Louisville’s lone shutout during their 6-4 1984 Season.

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Scoring Summary

Jackson 0-0-0-0–00

Louisville 0-10-0-7–17

1st Quarter


2ND Quarter

Louisville – Webb 36 Yard Field Goal, 3-0

Louisville – Don Israel 1 Yard Run (Webb Kick), 10-0

3RD Quarter 


4TH Quarter

Louisville – Matt Zwick 38 Yard Pass from Bruce Mathie (Webb Kick), 17-0

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