1997 Las Vegas Bowl
|1997 Las Vegas Bowl|
|Date||December 20, 1997|
|Stadium||Sam Boyd Stadium|
|Payout||US$800,000 per team|
The 1997 edition to the Las Vegas Bowl was the 6th edition of that annual game. It featured the Oregon Ducks, and the Air Force Falcons. Despite being decisive underedogs, the Oregon Ducks crushed 21st ranked Air Force
Oregon scored first on a 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Akili Smith to wide receiver Pat Johnson for a 7-0 Oregon lead. The big plays continued for Oregon, as running back Saladin McCullough rushed 76 yards for a touchdown, but the extra point attempt failed, and Oregon had a 13-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Oregon blocked an Air Force punt, and Kevin Parker recovered it in the end zone for another Oregon touchdown, but again the extra point failed, and Oregon had a 19-0 lead. Jason Maas threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tony Hartley to put the Ducks up 26-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Air Force finally got on the scoreboard, with a 1-yard touchdown run from Blane Morgan to make it 26-7. Later in the third quarter, Jason Maas threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Hartley, and a successful two-point conversion made it 34-7. Air Force scored its final touchdown, on a 45-yard runback of a fumble by Bryce Fisher. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 34-13. Oregon scored its final points on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Jason Maas to Pat Johnson, making the final score 41-13.