Knowledge Builders

who won the 1979 sugar bowl

by Prof. Estevan Lakin PhD Published 1 year ago Updated 1 year ago


Did Alabama win the national championship in 1979?

They finished the season undefeated (12–0 overall, 6–0 in the SEC) and with a victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. For their collective efforts, the Crimson Tide were recognized as consensus national champions for the 1979 season.

Who won the college football national championship in 1979?

the Alabama Crimson TideThe 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season saw the Alabama Crimson Tide bring home a national title with a perfect 12–0 season. The title was Alabama's 11th claimed, and their 6th Associated Press awarded title.

Who was the quarterback for Alabama in 1979?

RosterPlayerPosSummarySteadman Sheely*QBSteadman ShealyQB45 Cmp, 81 Att, 717 Yds, 4 TDDon JacobsQB10 Cmp, 23 Att, 193 Yds, 2 TDAlan GrayQB0 Cmp, 4 Att, 0 Yds, 0 TD40 more rows

Who played in the 1978 Sugar Bowl?

The 1978 Sugar Bowl was the 44th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday, January 2....1978 Sugar Bowl.Ohio State BuckeyesAlabama Crimson TideBig TenSoutheastern635Head coach: Woody HayesHead coach: Bear BryantAP Coaches 9 8AP Coaches 3 31 more row

Who won the 1978 college football championship?

Alabama claimed the national title because it defeated top-ranked Penn State on the field. USC claimed the title because it defeated Alabama in the regular season and also finished with only one loss.

What is an unclaimed national title?

Unclaimed National Championships are teams that have been named a National Champion by the various polls and so forth throughout the history of college football but the school itself does not claim it in the schools record book.

Who was Alabama's quarterback in 1978?

Rutledge was the first of two brothers to lead a national championship team. He led Alabama to the 1973 national championship and his brother Jeff Rutledge led Alabama to the 1978 national championship.

Who coached Alabama in 1980?

coach Bear BryantThe team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 23rd year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 5–1 in the SEC) and with a victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

Who was Alabama quarterback in 1985?

Mike Shula JrRoster1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football team rosterPlayersOffense Pos. # Name Class WR 1 Albert Bell Jr TE 85 Howard Cross Fr RB 26 Bobby Humphrey Fr RB 22 Gene Jelks Fr WR 17 Greg Richardson Jr QB 11 Mike Shula JrDefense Pos. # Name Class LB 97 Cornelius Bennett Jr CB 36 Chris Goode So LB 55 Derrick Thomas Fr

Who did Alabama play in the 1978 national championship?

They finished season with eleven wins and one loss (11–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC champions and as national champions after a victory over Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

Who won the 1980 NCAA football championship?

Nebraska Cornhuske... footballSouthern Miss Golden Eagles foo...1980 NCAA Division I-A football season/Champion

Who won the 1976 national championship football?

the Pitt PanthersThe 1976 NCAA Division I football season ended with a championship for the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh. Led by head coach Johnny Majors (voted the AFCA Coach of the Year), the Pitt Panthers brought a college football championship to the home of the defending pro football champions, the Steelers.

Who won the college football championship in 1977?

Notre DameThe 1977 NCAA Division I football season was one in which the top five teams finished with 11–1 records. Notre Dame, which beat top-ranked and undefeated Texas in the Cotton Bowl, became the national champion.

What happened in the second quarter of the Alabama football game?

Finally, with about three minutes to go in the second quarter, Alabama seemingly was about to break through. After getting good field position via a Penn State punt, Alabama found itself at the Penn State 22–yard line with a 1st and 10. Alabama quarterback Jeff Rutledge dropped back to throw, and was hit as he attempted to deliver the ball. The pass sailed high, and was intercepted by linebacker Rich Milot. Milot raced down the sideline with one man to beat. Major Ogilvie, who was on the other side of the field at the time of the interception, raced diagonally across the Superdome turf and knocked Milot out of bounds at the Alabama 37. At this point, Penn State was in field goal range and looked to break the 0–0 tie before halftime. However, on third down, Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina was sacked for a big loss by Alabama's Byron Braggs, putting Penn State out of field goal range.

What was the record of Penn State in 1978?

The 1978 Penn State squad would not disappoint. After surviving a very close opener against Temple, Penn State rolled the rest of the season to a perfect 11–0 record. While some games were relatively close, the Nittany Lions generally won with ease. The defense, ranked #1 in the nation in scoring defense, led the charge, as they held opposing teams to ten points or less a grand total of eight times, three of which were shutouts. In the final week of the regular season, Penn State defeated rival Pittsburgh 17–10 to finish an undefeated regular season.

Who put the Tide back on top 14-7?

Indeed, they did. Three plays later, it was Major Ogilvie himself, who jaunted eight yards to the goal line to put the Tide back on top 14-7.

How many yards did the first down bring?

First down brought a two-yard gain.

Where is the Sugar Bowl played?

Updated November 04, 2019. The Sugar Bowl has been played each year in New Orleans, Lousiana since 1935. The only exception was in 2006 when the game was played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, due to the massive damage to the Louisiana Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Which is older, the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl?

Only the Rose Bowl, first played in 1902, is older.

Who was the most valuable player in the 1979 Sugar Bowl?

For his heroics, Barry Krauss was named Most Valuable Player of the 1979 Sugar Bowl ? He was the only defensive player in game’s first 75 yearsto win the MVP award until Georgia’s Marcus Howard in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

What was the number 3 team in the 1977 Sugar Bowl?

At the end of the 1977 season, Bear Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tidewere ranked No. 3 in the nation. They smoked Ohio State in the ’78 Sugar Bowl, 35-6, and saw the top two teams lose that same day. However, the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irishhad beaten No. 1 Texas, then jumped Alabama to claim the national title.

Who won the fifth national championship in college football?

Most importantly, that football game solidified Alabama football’s place on college football’s mountaintop with the program’s fifth national championship under Paul “Bear” Bryant. In case there was any doubt, the Crimson Tide went 12-0 the following year and were dubbed back-to-back champs.


1978 Season

  • Penn State
    Penn State had high expectations coming into the 1978 season. The previous year, Penn State had gone 11–1 and won the 1977 Fiesta Bowl, with their only loss coming in a four-point heartbreaker to Kentucky at home. The 1978 Penn State squad would not disappoint. After survi…
  • Alabama
    Alabama, too, had high expectations coming into the 1978 season. The previous year, Alabama had gone 11–1, losing only to Nebraska, and steamrolled Ohio State in the 1978 Sugar Bowl. Coming into that day, Alabama was third in the country, and when the top two teams lost, the Cri…
See more on

The Matchup Forms

  • After the end of the regular season, it was a toss-up as to who would play where in the bowl games. Joe Paterno, head coach of Penn State, wanted to play in the 1979 Orange Bowl, which would be the last game of the night and would give Penn State the nation's undivided attention. Moreover, Paterno wanted his vaunted defense to face Oklahoma running back Billy Sims, the H…
See more on

Pre-Game Information

  • The game kicked off at 1:00 p.m. January 1, 1979, and was broadcast by ABC. The play-by-play was done by Keith Jackson, with the color commentary provided by Frank Broyles, the former Arkansas coach turned ABC color analyst. Penn State came into the game as a narrow favorite. Alabama was the home team, and thus wore its crimson jerseys. The uniforms were crimson hel…
See more on

The Game

  • First Quarter
    The game started off with what was expected by most: a defensive struggle. Alabama attempted to run the ball hard out of the wishbone, as expected, and while it did have some success, each and every time the Penn State defense would toughen more and more the further Alabama mov…
  • Second Quarter
    The first twelve minutes of the second quarter went just like the first quarter, i.e. a defensive struggle with little or no offensive success. Finally, with about three minutes to go in the second quarter, Alabama seemingly was about to break through. After getting good field position via a P…
See more on


  • Tomana, Joyce (1979-01-03). "Sugar Bowl turns sour for Penn State". Daily Collegian – Penn State University.
See more on

External Links

  1. "Sugar Bowl official website". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  2. "The List: Greatest bowl games". ESPN. 2003-05-20. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.…
  1. "Sugar Bowl official website". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  2. "The List: Greatest bowl games". ESPN. 2003-05-20. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved...

1.1979 Sugar Bowl - Wikipedia


34 hours ago Who won the 1979 sugar bowl? Steven Fiorini | How-to 1-and No. 2-ranked teams in the land, the Crimson Tide won – and Penn State lost – the 1979 national championship.

2.1979 Sugar Bowl | American Football Database | Fandom


25 hours ago 1979 - Alabama 14, Penn State 7. By Jordan Burchette. In the decades prior to the Bowl Championship Series, there was no guarantee that No. 1 would face No. 2 at season's …

3.Videos of Who Won The 1979 Sugar Bowl


24 hours ago  · Ala: Tony Nathan 21-127; Steve Whitman 11-51; Major Ogilvie 14-40 TD. PSU: Matt Suhey 10-48; Mike Guman 9-22; Booker Moore 9-6. Passing. Ala: Jeff Rutledge 8-15-2, 91 yards, …

4.Bowl Championship Series - 1979 - Alabama 14, Penn …


8 hours ago The Alabama Crimson Tide won the national championship with a perfect 12–0 season in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Alabama claimed the title for the 11th time, and it was …

5.45th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic ~ January 1, 1979


22 hours ago 84 rows ·  · 1979: Alabama: Alabama 14, Penn State 7: 1980: Alabama: Alabama 24, Arkansas 9: 1981: Georgia: Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10: 1982: Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 24, …

6.The Sugar Bowl Scores and Winners - LiveAbout


25 hours ago  · After the Lions beat Pittsburgh and the Tide defeated Auburn, Alabama moved up a notch in the polls. The Sugar Bowl found itself with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, only the fifth …

7.How Alabama and Penn State Met in the 1979 Sugar Bowl


16 hours ago Who did Alabama beat in the 1979 national championship? A hard-fought 14–7 victory gave Alabama head coach Bear Bryant his fifth national championship.1979 Sugar Bowl. Penn State …

8.Alabama's Goal Line Stand Proved "Defense Wins …


25 hours ago  · For his heroics, Barry Krauss was named Most Valuable Player of the 1979 Sugar Bowl -- He was the only defensive player in game's first 75 years to win the MVP award until …

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9