|1984 Sugar Bowl|
|Date||January 2, 1984|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|MVP||Bo Jackson (Auburn RB)|
|Favorite||Auburn by 4 to 4½ points|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Keith Jackson, Frank Broyles|
The 1984 Sugar Bowl was the 50th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday, January 2. Part of the 1983–84 bowl game season, it matched the third-ranked Auburn Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the #8 Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference. Favored Auburn was shut out until the third quarter, but rallied with three field goals to win 9–7.
New Year's Day was on Sunday in 1984, and the college bowl games were played the following day.
Main article: 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season
Main article: 1983 Auburn Tigers football team
Main article: 1983 Michigan Wolverines football team
The game kicked off shortly after 7 p.m. CST, televised by ABC, at the same time as the Orange Bowl on NBC.
The only scoring in the first half was on a four-yard touchdown run by Michigan quarterback Steve Smith. It was set up by a 19-yard completion from Smith to Triando Makray, and 38 yards rushing by Rick Rogers. The Wolverines finished the first quarter with a 116–61 differential in yardage and took that 7–0 lead into halftime.
Auburn used a tremendous Wishbone rushing attack throughout the game and attempted only six passes. They finished with 301 rushing yards on 21 first downs, with 130 yards by Bo Jackson, the game's MVP. Midway through the third quarter, Auburn kicker Al Del Greco made a 31-yard field goal to get the Tigers on the scoreboard and the quarter ended with Michigan leading 7–3. In the fourth quarter, Del Greco added two more field goals, of 32 and 19 yards, the latter in the last half-minute, to seal a 9–7 victory for Auburn.
|Time of possession||37:32||22:28|
Despite Auburn's victory and a loss in the Cotton Bowl by No. 2 Texas earlier in the day to Georgia (whom Auburn beat in Athens on November 12), the Tigers were not voted national champions in either of the final wire service polls. The #5 Miami Hurricanes vaulted past Auburn to the top spot with their 31–30 victory over top-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl; Auburn remained at third in both final polls.