|1979 Liberty Bowl|
|Date||December 22, 1979|
|MVP||Roch Hontas (Tulane QB)|
|Favorite||Penn State by 2½ points|
|United States TV coverage|
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.
Main article: 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season
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. The appearance marked the third for Penn State in the Liberty Bowl, and the school's 18th overall bowl game.
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. The appearance marked the second for Tulane in the Liberty Bowl, and the school's sixth overall bowl game.