Buckner part of Astrodome history
Former Mississippi State quarterback William "Bill" Buckner threw the first touchdown pass at the Houston Astrodome. (Submitted photo)
The Houston Colt .45s got a new home in 1965.
The Astrodome was erected as the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium.
The baseball team changed its name from the .45s to the Astros because of the Astrodome.
In that same year, Mississippi State traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars in football.
The game was played at the Astrodome to start the college football season.
The Bulldogs walked off the field as 36-0 winners.
There were several firsts for the Astrodome in that collegiate matchup.
The first collegiate points ever scored in the Astrodome came on a 35-yard field goal by the Bulldogs' James Neill.Â
Marcus Rhoden scored the first touchdown in the Astrodome on an 89-yard punt return.
On that Bulldog team was quarterback William "Bill" Buckner.
Buckner's youngest brother Johnny, who is the current pastor at New Horizons Christian Fellowship Church in Starkville, recalled being 8-years-old and on hand of the game.
"Mississippi State had more of a running game," Johnny said. "Occasionally, they would put (Bill) in. He was not their No. 1 quarterback. When they put him in at the Astrodome, he threw two touchdown passes."
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