1984 Sugar Bowl

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1984 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 3 6 9
Michigan 7 0 0 0 7
Date January 2, 1984
Season 1983
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance 77,893
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Keith Jackson, Frank Broyles
Sugar Bowl
 < 1983  1985

The 1984 Sugar Bowl was the 50th edition to the annual game. It featured the third ranked Auburn Tigers, and the eighth ranked Michigan Wolverines. Auburn won the game by a 9-7 margin.

The only scoring in the first half was on a 4-yard touchdown run by Michigan quarterback Steve Smith. It was set up by a 19-yard completion from Smith to Triando Makray, and 38 yards rushing by Rick Rogers. Michigan took a 7-0 lead into halftime. Michigan finished the first quarter with a 116-61 differential in yardage.

Auburn used a tremendous rushing attack throughout the game. They would finish with 301 rushing yards on 21 first downs. Midway through the third quarter, Auburn kicker Al Del Greco kicked a 31-yard field goal, making it 7-3 Michigan.In the fourth quarter, Del Greco would add two more field goals of 32 and 19 yards to seal the victory for the Auburn Tigers, 9-7.

Despite Auburn's victory and a loss by No. 2 Texas earlier in the day to Georgia (whom Auburn beat in Athens Nov. 12) in the Cotton Bowl, the Tigers were not voted national champions in either of the wire-service polls. The No. 5 Miami Hurricanes vaulted past Auburn to the top spot with their 31-30 victory over top-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

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