1978 Sugar Bowl

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1978 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 0 0 6 6
Alabama 0 13 8 14 35
Date January 2, 1978
Season 1977
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance 76,811
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Keith Jackson and Ara Parseghian
Sugar Bowl
 < 1977  1979

The 1978 Sugar Bowl, part of the 1977 bowl game season, took place on January 2, 1978, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Ohio State Buckeyes, representing the Big Ten Conference (Big 10). Alabama won the game 35–6.

Teams[edit]

Alabama[edit]

The 1977 Alabama squad finished the regular season as SEC champions with a record of 10–1. The only defeat was a 31–24 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in week two. On November 19, bowl officials announced that Alabama would face Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.[1] The appearance marked the eighth for Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and their 31st overall bowl appearance. It was also the Tide's first bowl game against a Big 10 opponent, and their second overall game against a Big 10 opponent.[1]

Ohio State[edit]

The 1977 Ohio State squad finished the regular season as co-Big 10 champions with a record of 9–2. Their only defeats were a 31–24 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in week three and a 14–6 loss to the Michigan Wolverines to close the regular season. On November 19, bowl officials announced that Michigan would play in the Rose Bowl and that Ohio State would face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.[1][2] The appearance marked the first for Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, and their 12th overall bowl appearance.[1]

Game summary[edit]

After a scoreless first quarter Alabama scored the first points of the evening on a one-yard Tony Nathan touchdown run to cap a 10-play, 76-yard drive.[3] On their next offensive possession, Bama scored again on a 27-yard Jeff Rutledge touchdown pass to Bruce Bolton to take a 13–0 lead at the half.[3] Rutledge had his second touchdown of the evening on a 3-yard pass to Rick Neal. Following a successful two-point conversion pass to Nathan, Alabama led 21–0 going into the fourth quarter.[3] The Buckeyes scored their only points of the game early in the fourth when Rod Gerald threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jim Harrell, and after a failed two-point try cut the Alabama lead to 21–6.[3] Bama closed the game with a pair of touchdown runs. The first was scored by Major Ogilvie on a one-yard run and the second by Johnny Davis on a seven-yard run to make the final score 35–6.[3]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Ohio State Alabama
2 11:31 10 plays, 76 yards Alabama Tony Nathan 1-yard touchdown run, Roger Chapman kick good 0 7
2 4:08 11 plays, 76 yards Alabama Bruce Bolton 27-yard touchdown reception from Jeff Rutledge, Roger Chapman kick no good 0 13
3 1:13 13 plays, 67 yards Alabama Rick Neal 3-yard touchdown reception from Jeff Rutledge, 2-point pass good 0 21
4 13:34 Ohio State Jim Harrell 38-yard touchdown reception from Rod Gerald, 2-point pass failed 6 21
4 6:30 14 plays, 84 yards Alabama Major Ogilvie 1-yard touchdown run, Roger Chapman kick good 6 28
4 5:09 4 plays, 24 yards Alabama Johnny Davis 7-yard touchdown run, Roger Chapman kick good 6 35
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hayes, Hal (November 20, 1977). "It's Bear vs. Woody on Bourbon Street". The Tuscaloosa News. p. B1. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ UPI Reporters (November 19, 1977). "Michigan defense rosy beating Ohio State, 14–6". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. p. D2. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Staff Reporters (January 3, 1978). "How Bama won Sugar". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 12. Retrieved January 14, 2011.