BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College Department of Athletics along with the Alumni Relations Office honors the great teams and student-athletes who have donned the 'Orange & Black' and achieved great success. This year at Homecoming, the 1992 Union football team will be honored as a 'Team of Distinction.
The 1992 football season was a magical one for Union. The Bulldogs posted their first-ever eight-win season and captured a share of the Mid-South Conference championship, the first and currently only football league title in school history.
Union posted a 4-1 conference record to earn a share of the conference championship. With its 8-2 overall record, Union finished the season ranked No. 17 in NAIA Division II.
The two Bulldog losses are noteworthy because they were to the defending national champion and the eventual national champion. Union's first loss was at Findlay (Ohio), which won the game 56-28 and later that season the NAIA national title. Two weeks later, Union lost a heart-breaker to the 1991 national champion, Georgetown (Ky.), 48-41.
The Bulldogs opened the season with three wins before losing two of their next three games. However, Union closed out the year strong by winning its final four games. During that stretch, Union defeated Cumberland (Tenn.) 20-7, Cumberland (Ky.) 28-19, Campbellsville (Ky.) 26-22 and Tusculum (Tenn.) 33-10.
Union featured a balanced offensive attack as it compiled 2,153 rushing yards and 2,408 passing yards. Highlighting the ground game was Clarence Mackey who galloped for 978 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Lee Worley completed 158-of-302 passes for 2,358 yards and 15 touchdowns. Kevin Bradshaw was the Bulldogs' 'Mr. Everything' as he rushed for 327 yards and three touchdowns and caught 40 passes for 624 yards and three more scores. But Bradshaw earned NAIA All-American First Team honors as a return specialist, averaging 16.6 yards per punt return and 26.1 yards per kickoff return.
Also earning all-American honors was offensive lineman J.T. Pennington, who was named as an honorable mention.
Defensively, Union was a force as the Bulldogs forced 23 turnovers on the year, recovering 16 fumbles and intercepting nine passes. Union had two players to record over 100 tackles during the 1992 season with Tyrone Hamilton amassing 112 and Calvin Pryor following with 101. Doug Davis was not far behind with 99 tackles to go with his two interceptions and six pass deflections.
Head coach Matt Ballard was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year as six Bulldogs earned First Team All-Conference honors. The honorees were: Mackey, Bradshaw, Pennington, Pryor, Hamilton and Davis. Worley earned Second Team honors, and Willie Larkin, Tam Hunter, Tim Hill, Scottie Hines and Sean Brown received honorable mentions.
The team will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the 1992 Union football team are cordially invited to attend and are asked to RSVP by contacting either Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry at email@example.com or at 606.546.1682, or by contacting Lisa Wyatt in the Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606.546.1619.
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