1965 Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 09715 31
Texas Tech 07014 21
DateDecember 31, 1965
StadiumGator Bowl Stadium
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPTB Lenny Snow (Georgia Tech)
RB Donny Anderson (Texas Tech)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersChris Schenkel, Johnny Lujack
Gator Bowl
 < 1965 (Jan) 1966

The 1965 Gator Bowl (December) was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


Georgia Tech tied Vanderbilt, lost to Texas A&M, Tennessee and Georgia in their 2nd season as an independent. This was Georgia Tech's fourth bowl game of the decade along with their four Gator Bowl in nine years. The Red Raiders finished 2nd in the Southwest Conference, with their only losses being to #3 Texas and #2 Arkansas. This was the second bowl appearance of the Red Raiders in the decade, along with their first Gator Bowl appearance since 1954.

Game summary

Lenny Snow rushed for 136 yards on 35 carries for Georgia Tech. Donny Anderson rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries, while catching 9 passes for 138 yards. Georgia Tech had 10 more first downs than Tech (27 to 17), 364 rushing yards to the Red Raiders' 113, while being outpassed 283 to 77. Tech turned the ball over five times; Georgia Tech turned it over just twice.[1][2]


Statistics Georgia Tech Texas Tech
First downs 27 17
Rushing yards 368 112
Passing yards 77 283
Total offense 445 395
Passing 5–10–1 22–40–2
Fumbles–lost 2–1 3–3
Penalties–yards 4–57 3–25
Punts–average 3–41.0 5–32.0


Dodd would coach one more bowl game before his retirement in 1967. Georgia Tech did not reach the Gator Bowl again until 1999. Texas Tech did not make another bowl game until 1970, nor reach the Gator Bowl until 1973.


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