1978 Peach Bowl
1234 Total
Purdue 211307 41
Georgia Tech 07014 21
DateDecember 25, 1978
StadiumAtlanta–Fulton County Stadium
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPQB Mark Herrmann
DT Calvin Clark
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersLindsey Nelson
Paul Hornung
Peach Bowl
 < 1977  1979

The 1978 Peach Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Purdue Boilermakers.


Purdue finished 2nd in the Big Ten Conference, in their first bowl game since 1967. Georgia Tech was in their first bowl game since 1972. Due to the game being played on Christmas Day, a ticket drive had to be set up by Rodgers' wife. [1]

Game summary

Purdue took the lead with 10:40 in the first quarter and scored twice more in the next four minutes. Georgia Tech did not score until 9:35 remained in the half, after they trailed 28-0. Georgia Tech scored twice with less than three minutes remaining to narrow the lead from 41-7 to 41-21, but the game had already been decided. Quarterback Mark Herrmann threw 12-of-24 for two touchdowns (and two interceptions) and rushed for one more in a convincing 41-21 victory over Georgia Tech. Purdue's defense forced two first-half turnovers. This was the second 9-win season in Purdue history. [2][3]

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Fourth Quarter


Purdue won two more bowl games before Young's departure in 1981. Georgia Tech waited until 1985 to make their next bowl appearance.


Statistics Purdue Georgia Tech
First Downs 24 14
Net Yards Rushing 157 12
Net Yards Passing 166 168
Interceptions 2 2
Total Yards 323 180
Punts 5-36.6 7-36.7
Penalties 9-78 5-48
Fumbles Lost 1 2


  1. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/22172428/aint-that-a-peach-atlanta-bowl-has-come-a-long-way
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)