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1980’s Game History

December 29, 1980

South Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

South Carolina returned to the Gator Bowl in 1980 for the first time since the inaugural game 34 years prior. The Gamecocks rode the wave of Heisman Trophy Winner George Rogers into a matchup against Pittsburgh. Once again, the Pitt Panthers, the nation’s third best team at time, put on an offensive show. They scored 17 first quarter points, to take a 17-3 lead into halftime. They would tack on 17 unanswered in the third quarter to pull ahead by a margin of 31. The Panthers cycled through three quarterbacks in the game, including future NFL great Dan Marino. George Rogers’ 22nd consecutive 100 yard rushing game was handicapped by two costly fumbles, and the Panthers thumped the Cocks for a 37-9 victory.


MVP: Rick Trocano (QB, Pittsburgh), George Rogers (RB, South Carolina)

Coaches: Jackie Sherrill (Pittsburgh), Jim Carlen (South Carolina)

Total Payout: $901,353

Attendance: 72,297

Chairman: John A. Tucker

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Jimbo Covert (OT, Pittsburgh),  Julius Dawkins (SE, Pittsburgh), Hugh Green (DE, Pittsburgh), Dan Marino (QB, Pittsburgh), Mark May (OT, Pittsburgh), Sal Sunseri (LB, Pittsburgh), George Rogers (RB, South Carolina)

Awards: Mark May (OT, Pittsburgh) Outland Trophy (Outstanding Interior Lineman), Hugh Green (DE, Pittsburgh), Vince Lombardi Trophy (Outstanding College Lineman), Hugh Green (DE, Pittsburgh) Maxwell Award (Outstanding College Football Player), George Rogers (RB, South Carolina), Heisman Trophy (Outstanding College Football Player)

Pittsburgh-37      South Carolina-14

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 10 7 17 3 37
South Carolina 0 3 0 6 9

PIT-Rick Trocano, 1-yd. run (Dave Trout kick)—PIT-Trout, 35-yd. field goal— SC–Eddie Leopard, 39-yd. field goal— PIT-Willie Collier, 3-yd. field goal— PIT-Trout, 25-yd. field goal— PIT-Randy McMillan 3-yd. run (Trout kick)— PIT-McMillan 3-yd. run (Trout kick)— PIT-Trout, 29-yd. field goal— SC–Tim Gillespie, 14-yd. pass from Gordon Beckham (kick failed)

Pittsburgh South Carolina
First Downs 22 17
Rushes/Yards 40-165 40-116
Passing Yards 233 168
Passes 17-35-3 11-27-3
Total Offense 398 284
Punts/Average 3-30.3 7-30.0
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties/Yards 11-73 3-12

Rushing: PIT-Randy McMillan 13-59, Artell Hawkins 9-50, Rick Trocano 8-41, Wayne DiBartola 3-12, Bryan Thomas 2-5, Ray Jones 1-3, Dan Marino 1-2, Dan Daniels 3-(minus 7). SC–George Rogers 27-113, Johnnie Wright 4-23, Percy Reeves 3-(minus 2), Garry Harper 4-(minus 7), Gordon Beckham 2-(minus 11).

Passing: PIT-Rick Trocano 10-21-2, 155 yards, Dan Marino 7-13-0, 78 yards, Dan Daniels 0-1-1, 0 yards. SC–Gary Harper 7-16-1, 116 yards, Gordon Beckham 4-10-1, 52 yards, Percy Reeves 0-1-1, 0 yards.

Receiving: PIT-Willie Collier 5-57, Benjie Pryor 4-36, Dwight Collins 3-50, Randy McMillan 2-46, Mike Dombrowski 2-30, Artell Hawkins 1-14. SC–Willie Scott 7-109, Tim Gillespie 2-32, Ben Cornett 1-14, Steve Gettel 1-13.

December 28, 1981

Arkansas vs. North Carolina

The 1981 game will forever be affectionately known as the “Fog Bowl”. Fog filled the skies of Jacksonville making visibility hard to come by. At time the weather made it challenging to even make out player’s numbers on their jerseys. Behind tailback duo Kelvin Bryant and Ethan Horton, North Carolina held a 31-10 lead with only half a quarter to play. Arkansas was able to cross the goal line with five minutes left, and recover the onside kick that followed. They punched it in again, sending Heels fans to the edge of their seats. The Razorbacks got the ball back on a intentional safety, but were unable to capitalize on the last drive. The Heels pulled away with a 31-27 victory.


MVP: Kelvin Bryant (TB, North Carolina), Ethan Horton (TB, North Carolina), Gary Anderson (TB, Arkansas)

Coaches: Dick Crum (North Carolina), Lou Holtz (Arkansas)

Total Payout: $962,497

Attendance: 71,009

Chairman: Wilford C. Lyon Jr.

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Steve Korte (OG, Arkansas), Bruce Lahay (PK, Arkansas), Billy Ray Smith (DL, Arkansas), Brian Blados (OT, North Carolina), David Drechsler (OG, North Carolina), William Fuller (DT, North Carolina)

Arkansas-27    North Carolina -31

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 7 3 0 17 27
North Carolina 3 7 14 7 31

UNC-Brooks Barwick, 31-yd. eld goal— ARK-Derek Holloway, 66-yd. pass from Brad Taylor (Bruce Lahay kick)— UNC-Kelvin Bryant, 1-yd. run (Jeff Hayes kick)— ARK-Lahay, 28-yd. eld goal — UNC-Ethan Horton, 1-yd. run (Hayes kick)— UNC-Rod Elkins, 1-yd. run (Hayes kick)— UNC-Horton, 4-yd. run (Hayes kick)— ARK-Jessie Clark, 3-yd. run (Clark pass from Taylor)— ARK- Darryl Mason, 7-yd. pass from Taylor (Lahay kick) — ARK-Safety

Arkansas North Carolina
First Downs 16 21
Rushes/Yards 38-89 60-283
Passing Yards 307 53
Passes 14-21-1 7-17-0
Total Offense 396 326
Punts/Average 6-36.5 6-41.9
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties/Yards 3-44 8-55

Rushing: ARK-Jessie Clark 10-40, James Tolbert 5-27, Gary Anderson 7-18, Bill Pierce 5-14, Brad Taylor 11-10. UNC-Kelvin Bryant 27-148, Ethan Horton 27-244, Tyrone Anthony 3-17, James Jones 1-10, Jeff Hayes 1-(minus 10), Rod Elkins 1-(minus 17).

Passing: ARK-Brad Taylor 14-21-1, 307 yards. UNC-Rod Elkins 7-17-0, 53 yards.

Receiving: ARK-Derek Holloway 4-171, Gary Anderson 5-85, Jessie Clark 1-17, Mark Mistler 1-10, Keith Kidd 1-10, Darryl Mason 1-8, Bill Peirce 1-7. UNC-Kelvin Bryant 3-24, Jon Richardson 2-15, Tyrone Anthony 1-7, James Jones 1-7.

December 30, 1982

Florida State vs. West Virginia

Rain punished both teams in the 1982 game, which would be the first appearance of Florida State legend Coach Bobby Bowden. The Mountaineers of West Virginia were heavily favored behind their quarterback Jeff Hostetler. The rain proved to be an issue for Hostetler who completed only 10 passes for 118 yards. FSU’s Blair Williams threw for 202 yards and a touchdown. He helped the Noles break open a 17-6 lead by halftime and a 31-6 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. The star of the night for the Noles was running back Greg Allen. Allen ran the ball 15 times for 138 yards and two scores. He also added on a Gator Bowl record 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, carrying the Noles to a 31-12 win.


MVP: Greg Allen (RB, Florida State), Paul Woodside (K, West Virginia)

Coaches: Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Don Nehlen (West Virginia)

Total Payout: $1,194,609

Attendance: 80,913

Chairman: Chris A. Verlander

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Greg Allen (RB, Florida State), Rob Bennett (TE, West Virginia), Brian Jozwiak (OT, West Virginia), Darryl Talley (LB, West Virginia)


Florida State-31       West Virginia-12

1 2 3 4 Total
West Virginia 0 6 0 6 12
Florida State 3 14 14 0 31

FSU-Hall, 20-yd. field goal — WVU-Woodside, 48-yd. field goal — FSU-Allen, 95-yd. kickoff return (Hall kick) — WVU- Woodside, 48-yd. field goal — FSU-McKinnon, 27-yd. pass from Williams (Hall kick) — FSU-Allen, 29-yd. run (Hall kick) — FSU- Allen, 1-yd. run (Hall kick) — WVU-Miller 26-yd. run (Hall kick) — WVU-Miller, 26-yd. pass from White (pass failed)

West Virginia Florida State
First Downs 22 23
Rushes/Yards 41-155 34-259
Passing Yards 208 204
Passes 14-34-2 16-32-1
Total Offense 1 1
Punts/Average 4-30.5 4-36.8
Fumbles/Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties/Yards 5-57 11-100

Rushing: WVU-Gary Mullen 2-42, Ron Wol ey 7-32, Mickey Walczak 7-30, Tom Gray 10-27, Jeff Hoserler 9-24, Culin Beck 4-7, Kevin White 2-(minus 7). FSU-Greg Allen 15-138, Dennis Mckinnon 1-65, Ricky Williams 10-35, Billy Allen 3-21, Blair Williams 2-7, Cedric Jones 1-1, Ken Burnett 1-1, Kelley Lowrey 1- (minus 9).

Passing: WVU-Jeff Hosterler 10-28, 118 yards, Kevin White 4-6-0, 90 yards. FSU-Blair Williams 16-30-0, 202 yards, Kelley Lowrey 0-1-0, 0 yards, Hassan Jones 0-1-0, 0 yards.

Receiving: WVU-Darrell Miller 5-100, Mark Raugh 4-60, Wayne Brown 1-18, Tom Gray 1-14, Rich Hollins 1-13, Gary Mullen 1-5. FSU-Orson Mobley 4-34, Hassan Jones 3-29, Weegie Thompson 2-41, Dennis McKinnon 2-36, Ricky Williams 2-26, Greg Allen 1-15, Ken Burnett 1-13, Jeff Bowden 1-8.

December 30, 1983

Florida vs. Iowa

Gator Bowl crews flushed toilets all night before the game to prevent the pipes from freezing. The temperature was in the low 30s and a tornado warning loomed. This, however, had no effect on the near 82,000 fans who piled into the Gator Bowl to watch Florida take on Iowa. The Gators defense would prove to be the difference maker in the contest. Florida forced five total turnovers including a crucial fumble recovery inside the end zone on a dropped snap by Iowa’s punter. Tony Lilly intercepted 2 passes, helping the Gators get a 14-6 win, Coach Charley Pell’s first in 6 tries at the Gator Bowl.


MVP: Tony Lilly (DB, Florida), Owen Gill (RB, Iowa)

Coaches: Charley Pell (Florida), Hayden Fry (Iowa)

Total Payout: $1,358,898

Attendance: 81,293

Chairman: Bill Nimnicht Jr.

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Lomas Brown (OT, Florida), Wilber Marshall (LB, Florida), Chuck Long (QB, Iowa), Larry Station (LB, Iowa)

Awards: Chuck Long (QB, Iowa) Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (Outstanding Quarterback)

Florida-14            Iowa-6

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 3 3 0 6
Florida 7 7 0 0 14

UF-Neal Anderson, 1-yd. run (Bobby Raymond kick)— UI-Tom Nichol, 32-yd. field goal— UF-Doug Drew, fumble recovery in end zone (Raymond kick)— UI-Nichol, 31-yd. field goal

Iowa Florida
First Downs 16 14
Rushes/Yards 40-114 44-168
Passing Yards 167 92
Passes 13-30-4 9-23-2
Total Offense 281 250
Punts/Average 2-40.0 7-37.5
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties/Yards 7-44 12-105

Rushing: UI-Owen Gill 10-83, Norm Granger 9-37, Eddie Phillips 13-33, Tom Nichol 1-(minus 9), Chuck Long 7-(minus 30). UF-Neal Anderson 17-84, John L. Williams 10-68, Joe Henderson 4-27, Lorenzo Hampton 5-24, Bee Lang 1-(minus 7), Wayne Peace -(minus 28).

Passing: UI-Chuck Long 13-29-4, 167 yards, Tom Nichol 0-1-0, 0 yards. UF-Wayne Peace 9-22-2, 92 yards.

Receiving: UI-Ronnie Harmon 6-90, Norm Granger 2-20, Eddie Phillips 2-21, Owen Gill 2-20, Mike Hufford 1-17. UF-Dwayne Dixon 5-55.

December 28, 1984

Oklahoma State vs. South Carolina

The Gator Bowl upstarting South Carolina Gamecocks returned once again in 1984, seeking their first bowl win in program history. A South Carolina team that handed losses to high-ranked teams, like Georgia and Notre Dame, looked ready to take the next step. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State had something to say about that though. Behind the strong play of Rusty Hilger and Thurman Thomas, the Cowboys jumped out to a 13-0 first half lead. The Gamecocks would storm back and take the lead on touchdowns by Eric Poole and Chris Wade. Just when it looked as if South Carolina would add a mark in the win column, Oklahoma State tight end Barry Hanna scored a controversial touchdown in the final minute. The Cowboys converted on the two-point conversion and, ultimately, won the game 21-14.


MVP: Thurman Thomas (TB, Oklahoma State), Mike Hold (QB, South Carolina)

Coaches: Pat Jones (Oklahoma State), Joe Morrison (South Carolina)

Total Payout: $1,662,040

Attendance: 82,138

Chairman: J.T. Hill

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Rod Brown (DB, Oklahoma State), Leslie O’Neal (DT, Oklahoma State), James Seawright (LB, South Carolina), Del Wilkes (OG, South Carolina)

Oklahoma State-21            South Carolina-14

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma State 7 6 0 8 21
South Carolina 0 0 14 0 14

OSU-Thurman Thomas 1-yd. run (Larry Roach kick) — OSU-Rusty Hilger, 6-yd. pass from Thomas (kick failed)— SC-Chris Wade, 24-yd. pass from Quinton Lewis (Scott Hagler kick)— SC-Ira Hillary 57 yd. pass from Mike Hold (Hagler kick)— OSU-Barry Hanna 25 yd. pass from Hilger (Jamie Harris pass from Hilger)

Oklahoma State South Carolina
First Downs 21 15
Rushes/Yards 43-165 42-104
Passing Yards 211 194
Passes 25-42-1 8-21-1
Total Offense 376 298
Punts/Average 5-35.4 7-41.7
Fumbles/Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties/Yards 3-21 5-38

Rushing: OSU-Thurman Thomas 32-155, Rusty Hilger 7-4, Charles Crawford 2-2, Ken Zachary 1-2, Will Timmons 1-2 SC- Quinton Lewis 6-36, Mike Hold 18-33, Thomas Dendy 13-20, Anthony Smith 2-12, Raynard Brown 3-3.

Passing: OSU-Rusty Hilger 21-41-1, 205 yards, Thurman Thomas 1-1-0, 6 yards. SC-Mike Hold 7-20-1, 170 yards, Quinton Lewis 1-1-0, 24 yards.

Receiving: OSU-Barry Hanna 8-92, Malcolm Lewis 3-33, Terry Werner 3-24, Jamie Harris 2-18, Kenn Zachary 2-16, Charles Crawford 1-10, Bobby Riley 2-9, Thurman Thomas 3-3. SC-Ira Hillary 2-75, Eric Poole 1-45, Chris Wade 1-24, Chris Corley 1-16, Thomas Dendy 1-14, Emory Bacon 1-12, Raynard Brown 1-8.

December 30, 1985

Florida State vs. Oklahoma State

1985 was a year of high octane offense from both of the Gator Bowl participants. The Seminoles combined for 1,002 yards, 597 coming for FSU. This surprised some as many predicted the Noles to be constrained to the running game after three of their receivers went out with injuries and a suspension. Freshman Chip Ferguson  argued otherwise, throwing for 338 yards and two touchdowns, also picking up another on his feet. Cowboys’ Thurman Thomas produced 97 yards and a touchdown reception, but was overshadowed by Noles’ running back Tony Smith who ran for 201 yards. Florida State won convincingly 34-23.


MVP: Chip Ferguson (QB, Florida State), Thurman Thomas (RB, Oklahoma State)

Coaches: Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Pat Jones (Oklahoma State)

Total Payout: $1,551,869

Attendance: 79,417

Chairman: Henry H. Beckwith

Network: ABC

All-Americans: Jamie Dukes (OG, Florida State), Mark Moore (DB, Oklahoma State), Thurman Thomas (RB, Oklahoma State)

Florida State-34            Oklahoma State-23

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 3 10 14 7 34
Oklahoma State 0 0 17 6 23

FSU-Derek Schmidt, 23-yd. field goal— FSU-Herb Gainer 39-yd. pass from Chip Ferguson— FSU-Schmidt, 39-yd. field goal— OSU-Brad Dennis, 33-yd. field goal— FSU-Cletis Jones, 3-yd. run (Schmidt kick)— FSU-Gainer, 19-yd. pass from Ferguson (Schmidt kick)— OSU-Thurman Thomas, 29-yd. pass from Ronnie Williams (Dennis kick)— OSU-Williams, 12-yd. pass from Thomas (Dennis kick)— FSU-Ferguson, 1-yd. run (Schmidt kick)— OSU-Hart Lee Dykes, 31-yd. pass from Williams (Williams pass failed)

Florida State Oklahoma State
First Downs 31 23
Rushes/Yards 41-259 35-142
Passing Yards 338 263
Passes 20-43-1 22-44-2
Total Offense 597 405
Punts/Average 4-47.5 7-35.9
Fumbles/Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties/Yards 9-110 3-27

Rushing: FSU-Tony Smith 24-201, Cletis Jones 6-18, Victor Floyd 2-8, Keith Ross 2-7, Randy White 1-1, Chip Ferguson 6-(minus
4). OSU-Thurman Thomas 26-97, Ronnie Williams 6-12, Will Timmons 2-11, Hart Lee Dykes 1-1.

Passing: FSU-Chip Ferguson 20-43-1, 338 yards. OSU-Ronnie Williams 21-43-2, 251 yards, Thurman Thomas 1-1-0, 12 yards.

Receiving: FSU-Herb Gainer 7-148, Pat Carter 5-81, Randy White 4-87, Tony Smith 2-8, Brown 1-4. OSU-Hart Lee Dykes 8-104, Terry Werner 4-30, Bobby Riley 3-49, Thurman Thomas 3-44, J.R. Dillard 2-12, Ronnie Williams 1-12.

December 27, 1986

Clemson vs. Stanford

In the 42nd Gator Bowl, Stanford became the first Pac-10 to make a Jacksonville appearance. The projected 40,000 South Carolinians at the game, welcomed them warmly. Clemson added onto the welcome party by tacking on 27 unanswered first half points with three different players scoring touchdowns, and Jacksonville native David Treadwell. Stanford found their footing in the second half. Brad Muster scored three touchdowns, one on the ground and two through the air. The Cardinal comeback came up just short as a fourth down pass hit the turf with less than two minutes to play. Clemson survived with a 27-21 win.


MVP: Rodney Williams (QB, Clemson), Brad Muster (FB, Stanford)

Coaches: Danny Ford (Clemson), Jack Elway (Stanford)

Total Payout: 1,800,000

Attendance: 80,104

Chairman: John T. Bell

Network: CBS

All-Americans: John Phillips (OL, Clemson), Michael Dean Perry (DT, Clemson), Stacy Long (OT, Clemson), Brad Muster (RB, Stanford)

Clemson-27            Stanford-21

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 7 20 0 0 27
Stanford 0 0 7 14 21


CU-Chris Lancaster, 5-yd. run (David Treadwell kick)— CU-Rod Williams, 1-yd. run (Treadwell kick)— CU-Treadwell, 22-yd. field goal— CU-Ray Williams, 14-yd. run (Treadwell kick)— CU-Treadwell, 46-yd. field goal— SU-Brad Muster, 1-yd. run (David Sweeney kick)— SU-Muster, 13-yd. pass from Greg Ennis (Sweeney kick)—SU-Muster, 37-yd. pass from Ennis (Sweeney kick)

Clemson Stanford
First Downs 19 18
Rushing/Yards 57-238 29-114
Passing Yards 135 168
Passes 12-19-1 20-40-1
Total Offense 373 282
Punts/Average 6-33.7 5-43.0
Fumbles/Lost 4-0 1-1
Penalties/Yards 5-49 3-28

Rushing: CU-Terrence Flagler 12-82, Kenny Flowers 14-67, Chris Lancaster 7-31, Tracy Johnson 7-26, Rod Williams 16-18, Ray Williams 1-14. SU-Brad Muster 17-70, Marshall Dillard 3-13, Brian Morris 3-12, Greg Ennis 5-11, Kevin Scott 1-8.

Passing: CU-Rod Williams 12-19-1, 135 yards. SU-Greg Ennis 20-40-1, 168 yards.

Receiving: CU-Terrence Flagler 3-25, Terrance Roulhac 3-22, Ricardo Hooper 2-44, Jim Riggs 2-23, Ray Williams 1-11, Keith Jennings 1-10 SU-Brad Muster 4-53, Eric Snelson 4-42, Jeff James 4-41, Marshall Dillard 3-8, Brian Morris 3-6, Thomas Henley 2-18.

December 31, 1987

Lousiana State vs. South Carolina

In 1987 the Gator Bowl began its corporate sponsorship from Mazda, now affectionately being called the Mazda Gator Bowl. 41 years after playing in the first ever Gator Bowl, the South Carolina Gamecocks had still not won a bowl game. LSU had no plans to let that happen today either. Tiger quarterback Tommy Hodson and split end Wendell Davis connected three times for touchdowns, two coming in the first quarter. South Carolina, could not get anything going offensively, and Todd Ellis was sacked 11 times. Ellis did throw for 304 yards but was intercepted 4 times. The Gamecocks received a solid effort from Harold Green who caught for 45 yards and a score. Those efforts were nowhere near enough as LSU kept the Cocks winless in bowl games, with a 30-13 victory.


MVP: Harold Green (RB, South Carolina), Wendell Davis (SE, Louisiana State)

Coaches: Mike Archer (Louisiana State), Joe Morrison (South Carolina)

Total Payout: $2,000,000

Attendance: 82,119

Chairman: Tom McCandless

Network: CBS

All-Americans: Wendell Davis (SE, Louisiana State), Nacho Albergamo (C, Louisiana State), Sterling Sharpe (WB, South Carolina)

Louisiana State-30           South Carolina-13

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 3 3 0 7 13
Louisiana State 14 6 7 3 30

LSU-Wendell Davis, 39-yd.pass from Tommy Hodson (David Browndyke kick)— LSU-Davis, 12-yd. pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick)—SC-Collin Mackie, 44-yd. field goal— LSU- Browndyke, 27-yd. field goal— SC-Mackie, 39-yd. field goal— LSU-Browndyke, 18-yd. field goal—LSU-Davis, 25-yd. pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick)— SC-Harold Green, 10-yd. run Mackie kick) — LSU-Browndyke, 23-yd. field goal

South Carolina LSU
First Downs 21 17
Rushes/Yards 33-25 39-122
Passing Yards 304 224
Passes 28-47-4 20-32-0
Total Offense 329 346
Punts/Average 2-40.5 3-37.6
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 5-3
Penalties/Yards 6-49 10-107

Rushing: SC-Harold Green 15-72, Ryan Bethea 1-9, Keith Bing 4-7, Sterling Sharpe 2-(minus 2), Todd Ellis 11-(minus 61). LSU- Eddie Fuller 14-48, Sam Martin 8-38, Mickey harris 5-19, Victor Jones 5-12, Leonard Valentine 2-3, Jay Egloff 2-2, Tommy Hodson 2-0, Karl Jones 1-0.

Passing: SC-Todd Ellis 28-47-4, 304 yards. LSU-Tommy Hodson 20-32-0, 224 yards.

Receiving: SC-Harold Green 7-45, Sterling Sharpe 6-53, Danny Smith 4-79, Ryan Bethea 4-69, Kevin White 3-25, Hardin Brown 2-26, Jones Andrews 1-9, Greg Welch 1-(minus 2). LSU-Wendell Davis 9-132, Sam Martin 3-43, Tony Moss 2-22, Brian Kinchen 2-10, Rogie Magee 2-9, Victor Jones 2-8.

January 1, 1989

Georgia vs. Michigan State

The Georgia and Michigan State New Year’s day game was an uncharacteristic passing dispaly from both teams. Georgia quarterback Wayne Johnson, and Michigan State’s Bobby McAllister were both considered running backs rather than passers. McAllister threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson threw for 227 yards and three scores of his own. The stellar quarterbacking was almost overshadowed by Spartan split end Andre Rison who caught for a record 252 yards and three touchdowns. After Michigan State from a 17-0 start from the Bulldogs, the game was close the rest of the way. Georgia’s 34-27 victory was the final win of Vince Dooley’s historic career of 25 years. Dooley ended his coaching career in the same place he ended his playing career 34 years prior.


MVP: Andre Rison (SE, Michigan State), Wayne Johnson (QB, Georgia)

Coaches: Vince Dooley (Georgia), George Perles (Michigan State)

Total Payout: $2,000,000

Attendance: 76,236

Chairman: Don Davis

Network: ESPN

All-Americans: Troy Sadowski (TE, Georgia), Tim Worley (RB, Georgia), Bob Kula (OG, Michigan State), Tony Mandarich (OT, Michigan State), Percy Snow (LB, Michigan State)

Awards: Percy Snow (LB, Michigan State) Vince Lombardi Trophy (Outstanding College Lineman)

Georgia-34           Michigan State-27

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 7 6 14 27
Georgia 7 10 10 7 34

UG-Rodney Hampton, 6-yd. pass from Wayne Johnson (John Kasay kick)— UG-Steve Crumley, 39-yd. field goal— UG- Hampton, 30-yd. pass from Johnson (Kasay kick)— MICH-Andre Rison, 4-yd. pass from Bobby McAllister (John Langeloh kick) — UG-Kirk Warner, 18-yd. pass from McAllister (Kasay kick)— MICH-Rison, 55-yd. pass from McAllister (kick failed)— UG- Crumley, 36-yd. field goal— MICH-Blake Ezor, 3-yd. run (Kasay kick)— UG-Hampton, 32-yd. run (Kasay kick)— MICH-Rison, 50-yd. pass from McAllister (Langeloh kick)

Michigan State Georgia
First Downs 22 22
Rushes/Yards 51-158 38-182
Passing Yards 288 227
Passes 14-24-0 15-27-0
Total Offense 446 409
Punts/Average 6-42.8 4-34.0
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties/Yards 8-102 5-25

Rushing: MICH-Blake Ezor 33-146, Scott Selzer 5-13, Bobby McAllister 13-(minus 1). UG-Rodney Hampton 10-109, Tim Worley 11-30, Wayne Johnson 14-30, Keith Henderson 3-13.

Passing: MICH-Bobby McAllister 14-24-0, 228 yards. UG-Wayne Johnson 15-27-0, 227 yards.

Receiving: MICH-Andre Rison 9-252, Steve Montgomery 4-21, Bernard Wilson 1-15. UG-Rodney Hampton 4-71, Tim Worley 3-36, Kirk Warner 3-28, Keith henderson 2-53, Sean Hummings 1-21, Arthur Marshall 1-14, John Thomas 1-4.

December 30, 1989

Clemson vs. West Virginia

This year’s Mazda Gator Bowl featured Heisman runner-up quarterback Major Harris of West Virginia. He lived up to all of that hype on the first drive of the game taking the Mountaineers 94 yards to pay dirt. The rest of the game was all Tigers. Joe Henderson ran for 92 yards and a score, added on to by Chris Gardocki who kicked two field goals. Wesley McFadden also punched one in from the goaline. The rest of the scoring came from Clemson’s stout defense.  They forced a fumble in the endzone and fell on it. West Virginia never scored after their first drive of the game ,and suffered a 27-7 defeat.



MVP: Levon Kirkland (LB, Clemson), Mike Fox (DT, West Virginia)

Coaches: Danny Ford (Clemson), Don Nehlen (West Virginia)

Total Payout: $2,400,000

Attendance: 82,911

Chairman: Charles E. Hughes Jr.

Network: ESPN

All-Americans: Major Harris (QB, West Virginia)

Clemson-27           West Virginia-7

Team Name 1 2 3 4 Total
West Virginia 7 0 0 0 7
Clemson 0 10 0 17 27

WV-James Jett, 12-yd. pass from Major Harris (Brad Carroll kick)— CU-Chris Gardocki, 27-yd. field goal— CU-Wesley McFadden, 1-yd. run (Gardocki kick)— CU-Joe Henderson, 4-yd. run (Gardocki kick)— CU-Chester McGlockton, fumble recovery in end zone (Gardocki kick)— CU-Gardocki, 24-yd. field goal

West Virginia Clemson
First Downs 13 21
Rushes/Yards 31-118 61-257
Passing Yards 119 91
Passes 11-25-1 6-11-1
Total Offense 237 348
Punts/Average 6-43.2 4-46.0
Fumbles/Lost 3-3 0-0
Penalties/Yards 4-37 4-30


Rushing: WV-Garrett Ford 8-45, Eugene Napoleon 6-24, Rico Tyler 4-18, Major Harris 11-17, Carl Hayes 1-10, Aaron Evans 1-4. CU-Joe Henderson 22-92, Chris Morocco 11-65, Tony Kennedy 9-57, Reggie Lawrence 6-16, Wesley McFadden 8-12, DeChane Cameron 2-8, Doug Bolin 1-6, Michael Carr 1-3, Junior Hall 1-3, Gary Cooper 1-(minus 5).

Passing: WV-Major Harris 11-21-1, 119 yards, Greg Jones 0-4-0,0 yards. CU-Chris Morocco 5-9-0, 57 yards, DeChane Cameron 1-1-0, 34 yards, Chip Davis 0-1-0,0 yards.

Receiving: WV-Reggie Rembert 4-57, Rico Tyler 4-23, Greg Dykes 2-27, James Jett 1-12 CU-Rodney Fletcher 3-66, Gary Cooper 2-15, Stacy Fields 1-10.