1979 Liberty Bowl
21st edition
1234 Total
Penn State 0603 9
Tulane 0006 6
DateDecember 22, 1979
Season1979
StadiumLiberty Bowl
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
MVPRoch Hontas (Tulane QB)
FavoritePenn State by 2½ points[1]
Attendance50,021
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersKeith Jackson,
Ara Parseghian,
Verne Lundquist
Liberty Bowl
 < 1978  1980

The 1979 Liberty Bowl was the 21st edition of the college football bowl game, held at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, December 22. Part of the 1979–80 bowl game season, it matched the Tulane Green Wave and the Penn State Nittany Lions, both independents. In a game without a touchdown, Penn State won 9–6.[2][3]

Teams

Main article: 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season

Penn State

Main article: 1979 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1979 Penn State squad finished the regular season with a record of 7–4 and losses against Texas A&M, Nebraska, Miami and Pittsburgh.[4] The appearance marked the third for Penn State in the Liberty Bowl, and the school's 18th overall bowl game.[5]

Tulane

Main article: 1979 Tulane Green Wave football team

The 1979 Tulane squad finished the regular season with a record of 9–2 and losses against Rice and West Virginia.[6] The appearance marked the second for Tulane in the Liberty Bowl, and the school's sixth overall bowl game.[7]

Game summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Penn State Tulane
2 9:57 Penn State 33-yard field goal by Herb Menhardt 3 0
2 1:59 Penn State 27-yard field goal by Menhardt 6 0
4 12:30 Tulane 26-yard field goal by Eddie Murray 6 3
4 2:40 Tulane 26-yard field goal by Murray 6 6
4 0:18 Penn State 20-yard field goal by Menhardt 9 6
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 9 6

References

  1. ^ "The latest line". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 22, 1979. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Penn State topples Tulane". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. December 23, 1979. p. D1.
  3. ^ "Menhardt's 3 field goals save Penn State in the Liberty Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire service reports. December 23, 1979. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "Game-by-Game under Joe Paterno (1966–2007)" (PDF). goPSUsports.com. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "College Football Data Warehouse: Penn State bowl games". Archived from the original (English) on November 9, 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Year-By-Year Summaries (1970s)". Tulane Athletic Communications Office. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "College Football Data Warehouse: Tulane bowl games". Archived from the original (English) on May 22, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011.