1956 Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 7770 21
Pittsburgh 0770 14
DateDecember 29, 1956
Season1956
StadiumGator Bowl Stadium
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPQB Wade Mitchell (Georgia Tech)
QB Corny Salvaterra (Pittsburgh)
Gator Bowl
 < 1955  1957

The 1956 Gator Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 29, 1956, at Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The game pitted the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Background

Georgia Tech began the season ranked #4, and they started the season with six straight victories, rising to #2 heading into a faceoff with #3 Tennessee, but they lost 6-0. Victoires over Alabama, #13 Florida and Georgia gave them nine victories and an invite to a bowl game for the sixth straight year.

The Panthers began the season ranked #10, along with victories over West Virginia and #7 Syracuse. However, they fell to California 14-0. After victories over Duke and Oregon that made them ranked at #11, they lost to #8 Minnesota, which made them fall to #20. They went 3-0-1 in their final four games, beating Notre Dame, Army, and #6 Miami, while tying Penn State. This was their second straight bowl game.

Game summary

Corny Salvaterra went 3-of-10 for 67 yards, with 16 rushes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh had more rushing yards (246 to 162), more passing yards (67 to 45), first downs (16 to 10), but also more turnovers (4 to 1) than Georgia Tech. [1]

Aftermath

Georgia Tech did not return to a bowl game until 1960, which was also in the Gator Bowl.

As for Pittsburgh, they did not return to a bowl game again until 1973, nor return to the Gator Bowl until 1977.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2016-12-17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)