1971 Tangerine Bowl
|1971 Tangerine Bowl|
|Date||December 28, 1971|
|MVP||Mel Long (L; Toledo)
Chuck Ealey (QB; Toledo)
The 1971 Tangerine Bowl was held on December 28, 1971 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference defeated the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference by a score of 28–3. The Tangerine Bowl is a former name of what is now called the Citrus Bowl.
Heading into the game, Toledo had an unblemished 11–0 record. They were MAC champions and were ranked #14 in the AP Poll. The Toledo Rockets were heavy favorites; they were riding a 34-game winning streak and attempting to finish their third straight undefeated and untied season in a row. Their nationally ranked defense, led by All-American Mel Long, helped the Rockets outgain the Spiders 395–138 in total yards.
The Richmond entered with a 5–6 record. They were Southern Conference champions after they defeated William & Mary, 21–19, in the regular season finale to clinch the conference title. The Spiders were appearing in their second-ever postseason bowl game (their first, ironically, was the 1968 Tangerine Bowl three years prior to that). It would ultimately be the school's final bowl game as well.
The Toledo Rockets finished #14 in the season's final AP Poll.
- 1968 Tangerine Bowl, Richmond Spiders football media guide. University of Richmond. Retrieved on 27 November 2009.