1989 Freedom Bowl

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1989 Freedom Bowl
Freedom Bowl VI
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 17 10 7 0 34
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
Date December 30, 1989
Season 1989
Stadium Anaheim Stadium
Location Anaheim, California
Favorite Toss up
Attendance 33,858
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Freedom Bowl
 < 1988  1990

The 1989 Freedom Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 30 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. The game featured the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference and the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference, who were led by junior Emmitt Smith, a consensus All-American at running back.

Washington built a twenty-point lead at halftime and won 34–7.[1][2] Smith gained only 17 yards on seven carries, as Florida was forced to go to the air in the second half. It was Smith's lowest rushing total since his first game as a freshman, when he was a reserve.[2][3][4][5]

This was the last bowl game between the Pac-10 and SEC until the 2010 season, when Auburn met Oregon in the national championship game in Arizona.


  1. ^ "Huskies roll past Florida in 34-7 win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 31, 1989. p. 1D. 
  2. ^ a b King, Bill (December 31, 1989). "Florida finishes with a flop 34-7". Gainesville Sun. (Florida). p. 1C. 
  3. ^ Teaford, Elliott (December 31, 1989). "Huskies make it look easy : Freedom Bowl: Florida's Emmitt Smith is held to 17 yards as Washington passes, runs to 34-7 victory.". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Borst, Don (January 1, 1990). "After Freedom Bowl win, Huskies optimistic for '90". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). McClatchey News Service. p. C2. 
  5. ^ "Huskies swamp Gators 34-7 in Freedom Bowl". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). UPI. January 2, 1990. p. 12.