1979 Gator Bowl

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1979 Gator Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 9 0 6 15
North Carolina 0 7 7 3 17
Date December 28, 1979
Season 1979
Stadium Gator Bowl Stadium
Location Jacksonville, Florida
MVP Matt Kupec (North Carolina QB), Amos Lawrence (North Carolina RB), John Wangler (Michigan QB), Anthony Carter (Michigan WR)
Referee Clint Fuller (SWC)
Attendance 70,407
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson, Frank Broyles and Dave Diles
Gator Bowl
 < 1978  1980

The 1979 Gator Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 28, 1979. The North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference defeated the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference, 17–15.

Background[edit]

An 8-1 start (With a loss to #9 Notre Dame) had propelled Michigan to being ranked 10th in the polls, before a loss to #14 Purdue followed by a loss to #2 Ohio State at home made them fall to 14th in the polls and finish 3rd in the Big Ten Conference. The Tar Heels had started 4-0 and were ranked #14 before a loss to Wake Forest started a 1-3-1 middle stretch that ended with victories over Virginia and Duke to make them finish 5th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was Michigan's first Gator Bowl appearance. This was North Carolina's third ever Gator Bowl appearance.

Scoring summary[edit]

First quarter[edit]

  • No score

Second quarter[edit]

  • Michigan - Virgil, 20-yard field goal
  • Michigan - Anthony Carter, 53-yard pass from John Wangler (kick failed)
  • North Carolina - Doug Paschal, 1-yard run (Hayes kick)

Third quarter[edit]

  • North Carolina - Phil Farris 12-yard pass from Matt Kupec (Hayes kick)

Fourth quarter[edit]

  • North Carolina - Hayes 32-yard field goal
  • Michigan - Anthony Carter 30-yard pss from B. J. Dickey (B.J. Dickey pass failed)

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