1978 Gator Bowl

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1978 Gator Bowl
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1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 9 0 6 15
Clemson 0 10 7 0 17
Date December 29, 1978
Season 1978
Stadium Gator Bowl Stadium
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Referee James M. Artley (SEC)
Attendance 72,011
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson, Ara Parseghian
Gator Bowl
 < 1977  1979

The 1978 Gator Bowl was a college football bowl game played between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers on December 29, 1978.

Overview[edit]

This game proved to be coach Woody Hayes' last game as a college football coach. With just over two minutes left in the game, Ohio State trailed 17–15. Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter threw a pass that sailed wide of an Ohio State back, and was intercepted by Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman. Bauman ran towards the Ohio State team sideline, avoiding tackles, and was finally shoved out of bounds, but after he got up, coach Hayes punched Bauman through his face mask. Bauman was unaffected from Hayes' attack as Clemson won the game 17–15.[1] The next day, Ohio State fired Hayes after 28 seasons as the Buckeyes head coach.[2]

Future rematches[edit]

Ohio State and Clemson would meet again in the 2014 Orange Bowl and the semifinal for the College Football Playoff in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, with Clemson winning both times.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fineman, Alex. "Hayes produced champions, controversy". ESPN Classic. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Woody Hayes KO'd himself in 1978 Gator Bowl". The Washington Times. December 27, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-19.