1982 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

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1982 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
Arkansas 70714 28
Florida 71070 24
Date December 31, 1982
Season 1982
Stadium Astrodome
Location Houston, Texas
MVP Gary Anderson, RB, Arkansas
Dwayne Dixon, WR, Florida
Attendance 31,557
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1981  1983

The 1982 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was held on December 31, 1982 at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The #14 Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the Florida Gators by a score of 28–24.

Arkansas opened the scoring in the first quarter after running back Gary Anderson found the end zone from 16 yards out. The PAT was good and the Razorbacks led 7–0. The Gators responded, though, scoring 17 unanswered points (a 3-yard pass, a 34-yard field goal, and a 13-yard pass) to end the first quarter 7–7 and go into halftime up 17–7. The first points of the third quarter came from Arkansas, who scored on a 1-yard run from Anderson to make it a 17–14 game. Florida responded again, this time a 17-yard pass, to retake their ten-point lead and enter the fourth quarter up 24–14. Arkansas pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter; furthermore, they found the end zone twice and the game finished 28–24 in favor of Arkansas.

Throughout the game, Arkansas recorded five more first downs, 185 more rushing yards, 73 more total yards, and one less penalty. However, Florida recorded 112 more passing yards.

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