1982 Holiday Bowl
1234 Total
Ohio State 3141713 47
BYU 01007 17
DateDecember 17, 1982
StadiumJack Murphy Stadium
LocationSan Diego, California
MVPOffensive: Tim Spencer (Ohio State)
Defensive: Garcia Lane (Ohio State)
Halftime showMarching bands
PayoutUS$392,835 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersFred White and Irv Brown (ESPN)
Ray Scott and John Unitas (Mizlou)
Holiday Bowl
 < 1981  1983

The 1982 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 17, 1982, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 17th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, and the unranked BYU Cougars.

Scoring summary

Ohio State scored first on a 47-yard field goal by Rich Spangler, giving the Buckeyes a 3–0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, BYU quarterback Steve Young threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Neil Balholm giving BYU a 7–3 lead. Ohio State running back Tim Spencer scored on a 61-yard touchdown run, giving the Buckeyes a 10–7 lead. Buckeye quarterback Mike Tomczak later scored on a 3-yard run making it 17–7 in favor of the Buckeyes. BYU's Kurt Gunther kicked a 39-yard field goal before halftime to make it 17–10 Ohio State.

In the third quarter, Ohio State's Vaughn Broadnax scored on a 1-yard touchdown run giving OSU a 24–10 lead. Tim Spencer added an 18-yard touchdown run, and Rich Spangler a 37-yard field goal to give Ohio State a 34–10 lead at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Ohio State scored a 1-yard touchdown run going up 41–10. Steve Young fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to Gordon Hudson narrowing the lead to 41–17. However, Gayle scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to respond for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes had 329 rushing yards, 132 passing yards, while also having 196 yards on return yards, possessing the ball for 34:33 with 24 first downs. BYU had 19 rushing yards, 352 passing yards, 124 return yards, with possession time being 25:27. Both teams lost a fumble, while BYU had a pass intercepted. BYU had 9 penalties for 75 yards; Ohio State had 12 penalties for 109 yards.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Holiday Bowl Game History". Archived from the original on May 20, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2008.
  2. ^ "1982 Holiday Bowl – Bowl Games – Tradition - BYU Football Guide". Archived from the original on November 19, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "CougarStats: BYU Football: BYU vs. Ohio State 1982 Holiday Bowl".