1970 Sun Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 7307 17
Texas Tech 0090 9
DateDecember 19, 1970
StadiumSun Bowl
LocationEl Paso, Texas
MVPDT Rock Perdoni (Georgia Tech)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDon Criqui
Frank Gifford
Sun Bowl
 < 1969  1971

The 1970 Sun Bowl was a college football bowl game that featured the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


After three straight 4-6 seasons, the Yellow Jackets had finally broken through in Bud Carson's fourth season as coach and first bowl since the 1967 Orange Bowl. The Red Raiders had finished third in the Southwest Conference in Jim Carlen's first season with the Red Raiders. This was Texas Tech's first bowl since 1965, and their first Sun Bowl since 1964. This was Georgia Tech's first ever Sun Bowl.

Game summary

Jack Williams led the Yellow Jackets on an 11-play, 62-yard drive, culminating with Rob Healy giving the Jackets a 7–0 lead on his 2-yard touchdown run with 10:23 left in the first quarter. Jack Moore made it 10–0 at halftime on his 21-yard field goal with :42 remaining in the half. Texas Tech responded with a Larry Hargrave 50-yard run that set up Doug McCutchen's 7-yard touchdown score to make it 10–7 with 8:13 in the third quarter. When Georgia Tech lined up to punt, Donald Rivers blocked the punt, with the ball sailing into the endzone to make it 10–9 with 6:41 remaining in the 3rd. Early in the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders had a chance to take the lead. However, the short field goal attempt by Dickie Ingram fell short. A Tech fumble was recovered by Bill Flowers at the Red Raider 25, and Kevin McNamara ran in for a 2-yard score six plays later to make it 19–10 with 1:44 remaining. Rock Perdoni had 13 tackles in an MVP effort. Quarterback Jack Williams completed 11 of 14 passes for 123 yards for the Yellow Jackets.[1][2]

Scoring summary


Texas Tech returned to the Sun Bowl in 1972, while the Yellow Jackets did not return until 2011.


Statistics Georgia Tech Texas Tech
First Downs 18 13
Rushing Yards 186 215
Passing Yards 138 28
Total Yards 324 243
Passes: Comp-Att (Int) 13-19 (1) 3-11 (3)
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 6-3
Punts-Average 6-34.3 4-41.0
Penalties-Yards 7-66 4-40


  1. ^ "Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site - RamblinWreck.com". ramblinwreck.com. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9 | Recaps - Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl | December 31, 2021 | El Paso, Texas