Thursday, August 28, 2008

A&M-Commerce series at the Cotton Bowl to be named the Harvey Martin Classic

Press release - Texas A&M-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce announced today the contest between A&M-Commerce and East Central at the Cotton Bowl on October 18 will be named the "Harvey Martin Classic" after the East Texas State and Dallas Cowboy standout.

The 2008 Harvey Martin Classic matchup will be played at 2 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. For ticket information, call the A&M-Commerce athletic department at (903) 886-5558.

Bio on Harvey Martin

Harvey Martin, a defensive lineman for East Texas State from 1969 to 1972, was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 1987. He was selected an Associated Press Little, Football News and NAIA All-American en route to leading the Lions to a national title as a senior in 1972.

In 2007, Martin was selected to the Lone Star Conference 75th Anniversary Football Team and was named LSC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1970's. In addition, he earned first team defensive lineman honors for the LSC Football Team of the 1970's and was selected to the LSC All 25-Year Team, where he was recognized as the Best Defensive Player and a first team defensive lineman. Martin was a first team all-Lone Star Conference selection as a junior in 1971 and as a senior in 1972.

Martin went on to become a third round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1973 NFL Draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) and four-time all-pro selection (1976, 1977, 1979, 1982). He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970's and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1977. In Super Bowl XII, he was named the game's MVP along with teammate Randy White.

Texas A&M University-Commerce at the Cotton Bowl

A&M-Commerce has played six games at the Cotton Bowl with the first dating back to 1948 when the Lions defeated West Texas A&M, 13-7. The Lions are 6-0 all-time and have outscored their opponents 194-78 during that span

1948 vs. West Texas A&M W, 13-7
1950 vs. Austin College W, 40-15
1974 vs. Prairie View A&M W, 26-0
1975 vs. Prairie View A&M W, 42-19
1976 vs. Prairie View A&M W, 35-27
1977 vs. Prairie View A&M W, 38-10

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