1984 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

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1984 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
West Virginia 141700 31
TCU 0707 14
DateDecember 31, 1984
StadiumHouston Astrodome
LocationHouston, Texas
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1983  1985

The 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers.


This was West Virginia's fourth straight bowl appearance and first Bluebonnet Bowl. They started off well, winning their first three games and at one point ranked 12th in the polls before losing their last three games. TCU improved seven games from last season under Wacker in his second season, in their first bowl appearance since 1965.

Game summary[edit]

West Virginia scored 21 points in a 14-minute span on the first half before TCU finally got onto the board. However, the Horned Frogs suffered with the loss of All-American running back Kenneth Davis, to a knee injury, as they trailed 31-7 at halftime. TCU scored in the second half just once, as West Virginia's 302 passing yard attack overwhelmed a team lacking a rush attack. However, Anthony Gulley finished with 150 yards passing for the Frogs, with touchdown passes to Dan Sharp and Keith Burnett. Willie Drewery had six catches and 152 yards for West Virginia. [1]


The Mountaineers would return to a bowl game three years later, but wouldn't win one until 2000. TCU did not make a bowl game again under Wacker, waiting 10 years for their next bowl game appearance, and 14 for a bowl win. Both would join the Big XII together in 2012.


Statistics TCU WVU
First Downs 15 23
Yards Rushing 92 200
Yards Passing 187 302
Return Yards 26 42
Total Yards 305 504
Punts-Average 6-47.5 4-37.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-2
Interceptions 1 1
Penalties-Yards 2-15 5-45


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2015-07-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)