On This Date: Southwest Texas Beat Lackland. Yes Lackland.

On this date in 1964, Lackland Air Force Base had a football team. Oh, and Southwest Texas State beat them, 48-21.

A little more about Lackland, back in the 50s and 60s a lot of Air Force and Naval bases fielded sports teams. Lackland, known as the Warhawks, fielded a football team, as far as we can tell, from around 1960 and into the late 60s. Former Texas A&M quarterback Don Ellis coached the Warhawks for a time.

A successful meant a trip to the Missile Bowl. Lackland made the Missile Bowl in 1962, losing to Fort Campbell. #bringbackthemissilebowl

As for the game, Bill Miller’s Bobcats score 21 in the second and 27 in the fourth quarter to run away from the Lackland Warhawks who led 7-0 before the second quarter onslaught. Bobcat James Heffernan intercepted a Warhawk pass and returned it for a touchdown to start the scoring for SWT. Mac Sauls then picked off another pass on the next Lackland series to set up the Bobcats next score. After the kickoff, Heffernan recovered a fumble and SWT was on its way to a third straight score and a blowout. Southwest Texas State intercepted five passes in the win.

The 1964 Bobcats finished 8-2 under Miller. Bill Miller had eleven winning seasons in fifteen years in San Marcos. Miller played for the Bobcats and legendary coach Milton Jowers in the 1950s, he served his country in the Korean War and returned to Southwest Texas as an assistant to Jowers. He later served as AD at Texas State from 1975 to 1982.

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