1983 Sugar Bowl

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1983 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 13 0 7 27
Georgia 3 7 7 6 23
Date January 1, 1983
Season 1982
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Referee Vance Carlson (Big Eight)
Attendance 78,127
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson and Frank Broyles
Sugar Bowl
 < 1982  1984

The 1983 Sugar Bowl was the 49th edition to the annual game. It featured the second-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, and the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Penn State won, 27–23, to finish atop the polls and win a national championship.

In the first quarter, Penn State running back Curt Warner scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, for Penn State to take a 7-0 lead. He finished the game with 117 yards rushing. Georgia got on the board in the first quarter following a 27-yard field goal from Kevin Butler to make it 7–3.

In the second quarter, Nick Gancitano kicked a 38-yard field goal to put the Nittany Lions atop 10–3. Warner added a 9-yard touchdown run, and Gancitano a 45-yard field goal for Penn State to take a commanding 20–3 lead. Before halftime, quarterback John Lastinger threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Herman Archie to cut the margin to 20–10.

In the third quarter, Herschel Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the margin to 20–17. Penn State responded in the fourth quarter with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Todd Blackledge to wide receiver Gregg Garrity to give Penn State a 27–17 lead. Lastinger threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Kay to make the score 27–23 Penn State. Penn State held on to win 27–23.