Eight players from the 1994 Mineral
Water Bowl were either drafted or signed as free agents by NFL
teams. Six of the eight were defensive players or kickers and
that seems appropriate because defense and special teams decided
the 1994 game.
A 25 yard field
goal by Hinds Jaret Holmes with 1:16 remaining won it for the
Eagles. Willie Stamps put them in position with a 79 yard punt
return to the Blinn eleven.
Blinn held a
7-2 halftime lead with all nine points scored resulting from
special team plays. Blinn's touchdown was set up when Kenny Gordon
blocked a punt deep in the Eagles end of the field and the Hinds
safety came when a punt snap went through the Blinn punter's
hands and through the end zone.
Hinds took a
16-7 lead in the third quarter on a four yard run by Lee Ragsdale
and a Michael Myers fumble recovery after Blinn quarterback Cody
Cox was sacked in the end zone. The Buccaneers responded with
their best drive of the day, going 66 yards with Shon Mitchell
getting the touchdown. They took a 17-16 lead on a 27 yard Greg
Mueller field goal early in the fourth quarter and that was the
score when Stamps made the play of the game.
The Hinds defense
held Blinn to only 188 yards with their squad of future pros.
Three members of that defense, Myers, Mark Smith and Cedric Donaldson
along with kicker Holmes made NFL teams. Hinds offensive tackle
Marcus Spriggs is also in the NFL with Blinn players Eric Brown,
Mike Brown and punter Jason Davis.