1982–83 NCAA football bowl games

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1982–83 NCAA football bowl games
Season 1982
Number of bowls 16
All-star games 2
Bowl games December 17, 1982 –
January 1, 1983
Champions Penn State Nittany Lions
Bowl Record by Conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
SEC 7 2–5 (0.286) 3
Big Ten 5 3–2 (0.600) 1
Independent 5 2–3 (0.400) 4
Big 8 3 1–2 (0.333) 2
Pac-10 3 3–0 (1.000) 4
SWC 3 2–1 (0.667) 3
ACC 2 1–1 (0.500) 3
WAC 2 1–1 (0.500) 0
MAC 1 0–1 (0.000) 0
PCAA 1 1–0 (1.000) 0

The 1982–83 NCAA football bowl games featured 16 games starting early in December and ending on January 1, 1983. The Aloha Bowl was introduced this year.

Independence Bowl[edit]

December 11, 1982 Shreveport, Louisiana
Independence Stadium

Wisconsin (Big 10) 14 Kansas State (Big 8) 3

Holiday Bowl[edit]

December 17, 1982 San Diego
Jack Murphy Stadium
At Large (): Ohio St. Buckeyes 47, WAC Champion: BYU Cougars 17

Tangerine Bowl[edit]

December 18, 1982 Orlando, Florida
Orlando Stadium Auburn Tigers (SEC) 33 v. Boston College Eagles (Ind) 26

California Bowl[edit]

December 18, 1982 Fresno, California
PCAA Champion: Fresno St. Bulldogs 29, MAC Champion: Bowling Green Falcons 28

Sun Bowl[edit]

December 25, 1982 El Paso, Texas

Sun Bowl Stadium

North Carolina (ACC) 26, Texas (SWC) 10

Aloha Bowl[edit]

December 25, 1982 Honolulu, Hawaii

Aloha Stadium

Washington (Pac-10) 26, Maryland (ACC) 20

Liberty Bowl[edit]

December 29, 1982: Alabama 21 (SEC) v. Illinois 15 (Big 10)

Gator Bowl[edit]

December 30, 1982 Jacksonville, Florida

Gator Bowl Stadium

Florida State (Independent) 26, West Virginia (Independent) 20

Hall of Fame Classic[edit]

Played in Birmingham, Alabama, this Hall of Fame Classic game (lasted from 1977 to 1985, then became the All-American Bowl for 5 more years) pitted the 8-4 Air Force Falcons against the 8-4 Vanderbilt Commodores on December 31, 1982. Down by 28-17, the Falcons struck for 19 points in final quarter to win 36-28. (source: Air Force Falcon Football Media Guide, 1996)

Bluebonnet Bowl[edit]

December 31, 1982 Houston, Texas
Astrodome

Arkansas (SWC) 28 Florida 24 (SEC)

Peach Bowl[edit]

December 31, 1982 Atlanta
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

Iowa (Big 10) 28 Tennessee 22 (SEC)

Fiesta Bowl[edit]

January 1, 1983 Tempe, Arizona
Sun Devil Stadium

Arizona St. 32 (Pac 10) Oklahoma (Big-8) 21

Orange Bowl[edit]

January 1, 1983 Miami
Miami Orange Bowl
Big 8 Champion: Nebraska Cornhuskers 21, At Large (SEC #2 ) LSU Tigers 20
Most Valuable Players: Turner Gill and Dave Rimington

Sugar Bowl[edit]

January 1, 1983 New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
At Large (Independent): Penn St. Nittany Lions 27, Georgia 23

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn St. 7 13 0 7 27
Georgia 3 7 7 6 23

After Penn State controlled the first half, Georgia attempted to muster a comeback in the second half. It looked like they might be successful, until Penn State completed a 47-yard play-action pass from Todd Blackledge to a diving Gregg Garrity for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Still, Georgia came back to score a touchdown of their own to get to within 4 points with 4 minutes remaining, but the Nittany Lions were able to run out the clock for the victory. The win earned Penn State its first national championship.

Scoring

  • PSU: Warner 2-yard run (Gancitano kick)
  • UGA: Butler 27-yard field goal
  • PSU: Gancitano 38-yard field goal
  • PSU: Warner 9-yard run (Gancitano kick)
  • PSU: Gancitano 45-yard field goal
  • UGA: Archie 10-yard pass from Lastinger (Butler kick)
  • UGA: Walker 1-yard run (Butler kick)
  • PSU: Garrity 47-yard pass from Blackledge (Gancitano kick)
  • UGA: Kay 9-yard pass from Lastinger (Run failed)

Most Valuable Player: Todd Blackledge

Rose Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 3 7 7 24
Michigan 0 0 7 7 14

January 1, 1983 Pasadena, California
Rose Bowl
Pac-10 Champion: UCLA Bruins 24, Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines 14
Most Outstanding Players: Tom Ramsey and Don Rogers

Cotton Bowl[edit]

January 1, 1983 Dallas
Cotton Bowl
SWC Champion: SMU Mustangs 7, At Large (Independent): Pitt Panthers 3

1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 0 3 0 3
Southern Methodist 0 0 7 0 7

SMU had a pair of great runners in Eric Dickerson and Craig James, while Pitt had a great passer in Dan Marino. However, a mistake-ridden performance would kill all the expected offensive fireworks, with SMU giving away two fumbles and Dan Marino throwing an interception in the end zone in the final quarter. The victory earned undefeated SMU the number two spot in the polls.

  • Scoring
  • SMU: Touchdown – McIllhenny
  • SMU: PAT – Harrell
  • Pitt: Field Goal – Schubert

Most Outstanding Players: Lance McIllhenny and Wes Hopkins

References[edit]