Dec. 12, 1964
ORLANDO, fla. - East Carolina College and the University of Massachusetts were invited to play in the 1964 Tangerine Bowl, billed annually as the NCAA Atlantic Coast Small College Championship.
The Redmen of Massachusetts scored in the second quarter for a 7-0 halftime lead. They scored again in the third on a 61-yard pass play and it appeared that the Pirates were in for a long trip back to North Carolina. When the kick for the extra point was wide and the Redmen held a 13-0 lead, few realized how costly the missed extra point would be.
After the kickoff and an exchange of punts, the Pirates drove to the 3-yard line with George Richardson going in for the touchdown from there. The Pirates decided to try for a two-point conversion and the referee ruled that Dave Bumgarner had trapped Bill Cline's pass and the score remained 13-6.
In the fourth period, the Pirates climaxed a 90-yard drive with Cline going around end for nine yards and the touchdown. Trailing 13-12, the Pirates again elected to go for the two-point conversion. This time, Cline's pass to Pete Crane was successful and the Pirates won, 14-13. Cline was named the outstanding player of the game.
UM - Palm 13 pass from Whelchel (Whelchel kick)
UM - Palm 61 pass from Whelchel (kick failed)
ECC - Richardson 3 run (pass failed)
ECC - Cline 9 run (Crane pass from Cline)