1989 Copper Bowl
1234 Total
NC State 0730 10
Arizona 71000 17
DateDecember 31, 1989
StadiumArizona Stadium
LocationTucson, Arizona
MVPShane Montgomery (QB, NC State) & Scott Geyer (DB, Arizona)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBob Neal and Tim Foley
Copper Bowl

The 1989 Copper Bowl featured the NC State Wolfpack and the Arizona Wildcats.

Arizona scored first on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Ronald Veal to Olatide Ogundiditimi giving Arizona a 7–0 lead throughout the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, with NC State driving, Shane Montgomery's pass was intercepted by Scott Geyer and returned 85 yards for a touchdown, making it 14–0 Arizona. Montgomery later found Todd Varn in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass cutting the lead to 14–7. Arizona took a 17–7 halftime lead on a 34-yard Gary Coston field goal. In the third quarter, a 43-yard Hartman field goal made the final score 17–10.[1][2]


Statistics NC State Arizona
First downs 23 8
Rushing yards 88 50
Passing yards 222 80
Return yards 10 107
Total offense 310 130
Punts–average 7–37.7 10–41.7
Fumbles–lost 2–2 3–2
Penalties–yards 6–49 5–47
Possession Time 38:06 21:54



  1. ^ a b c "Copper Bowl Summary". Albuquerque Journal. January 1, 1990. Retrieved January 17, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)