1970 Sugar Bowl

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1970 Sugar Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 12 3 7 22
Ole Miss 14 10 3 0 27
Date January 1, 1970
Season 1969
Stadium Tulane Stadium
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Archie Manning
Attendance 80,096
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson
Sugar Bowl
 < 1969  1971

The 1970 Sugar Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ole Miss Rebels. In the thirty-sixth Sugar Bowl, #13 Ole Miss upset #3 Arkansas, 27–22.[1]


Arkansas entered the game with a 9-1 record and #3 national ranking. Ole Miss, led by Johnny Vaught, entered at 7-3. The two neighboring states had developed a rivalry, with a yearly series ending in 1961. The two clubs also met in the 1963 Sugar Bowl.

#3 Arkansas[edit]

The Razorbacks were making a return trip to the Sugar Bowl, following up a victory in the 1969 Sugar Bowl.[2] Starting 9-0, the Razorbacks ended the regular season with a loss to the Texas Longhorns in The Game of the Century.[3] This loss to the #1 Longhorns cost the Hogs a SWC Championship and a chance at the national championship.

#13 Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss, led by coaching great Johnny Vaught and quarterback Archie Manning entered the game at 7-3.

Game summary[edit]

Ole Miss running back Bo Bowen scampered 69 yards to open the scoring, with Archie Manning adding another 18-yard TD run. Down 14-0, Arkansas responded with a 12-yard TD run by Bill Burnett, but the extra point was missed, and after a Rebel field goal and Archie Manning 30-yard TD strike, were down 24-6. Before halftime, Chuck Dicus hauled in a 47-yard pass from Bill Montgomery, but the two-point conversion was incomplete, and the Rebels took a 24-12 halftime lead.

The third quarter produced a field goal from each team, and in the fourth quarter fullback Bruce Maxwell caught a six-yard strike from Montgomery to cut the lead to five, but the rally fell short, the Hogs losing by a 27-22 final.

Though Archie Manning's sons Peyton and Eli later became star quarterbacks in the SEC, neither played in the Sugar Bowl.


  1. ^ "2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football Media Guide." Article. University of Arkansas. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  2. ^ "Sugar Bowl History." Sugar Bowl Year-by-year. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "Texas-Arkansas Game of the Century." 1969 Texas-Arkansas. Retrieved March 31, 2010.