2014 "Perfect" Football Season Recap

2014 "Perfect" Football Season Recap

The Cardinals used a 21-yard field goal from freshman Leo Peralta with 36 seconds left in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove to slip past Coffeyville Community College for a 27-24 win.


As a result, the Cardinals closed the season 12-0, which is the third such finish in school history -- 1994 and 1997 being the other two.


Though the national title was awarded elsewhere, the No. 2-ranked Cardinals had the most accomplished season of any team in the NJCAA and were the lone team in Texas on the collegiate leave to go unbeaten.


The Cardinals closed the season with eight wins against teams ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 at one point in the season, averaging 55.8 points in those victories. All but two of the season's dozen wins rank among the Top 35 scoring games in school history.


The season also ends with the Cardinals owning no fewer than three NJCAA records – Total Yards (7,778), Yards Per Game (648.3) and PATs (95).


Cardinal head coach Brad Smiley was named 2014 National Junior College Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine.