Contact: Greg Dart
Snow College Director of Communications
Phone: (435) 283-7154
September 2, 2010
1985 NJCAA Football Champions
Snow College, Utah
The 1985 Snow College football team was a powerhouse.. Along with providing three NJCAA All-Americans, the Badgers had 15 total players that were recognized as first or second team All-Conference.
Directed by head coach Walter Criner, Snow strung together a perfect regular season record, going undefeated in their first 10 games.
For their final game of the season, Snow took on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in the unfriendly territory of Tulsa, Okla. for the Mid-American Bowl to play for the national title.
The Badgers took a 19-7 lead at halftime, and would continue to carry the double digit margin lead against the Norsemen throughout the rest of the game. Snow's impressive defensive performance within the 30 yard line, forcing three turnovers, proved to be one of the deciding factors, as the Norsemen were unable to keep up with Snow's striking offense, lead by quarterback Kevin White. The nation's scoring leader, White, would receive Player of the Game honors, as he threw for 330 yards, two touchdowns and ran for another score.
A total of 29 Badgers from the 1985 team would eventually continue their careers at NCAA DI or I-AA schools and some would go on to successful careers in collegiate athletics.
Such players as defensive back and second team All-American Bronco Mendenhall (current head coach at BYU), defensive back Ken Beazer (current Athletic Director at Southern Utah University), and quarterback Kevin White (current Athletic Director at Snow College) highlight the list of talented players that would go to have careers in collegiate athletics.
Snow's 1985 coaching staff was also very impressive as offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and defensive coordinator Paul Tidwell have proven to be two of the best position coaches at the NCAA Division I level. Crowton is the current Offensive Coordinator at LSU and was the head coach at BYU from 2001-04, while Tidwell is the current inside linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator at BYU.
Snow College is currently planning a 25-year reunion for the 1985 team on October 9th against Glendale Community College, Ariz.