1972 – A failed two-point conversion attempt in the fourth
quarter by Iowa State allowed Georgia Tech to escape with a
31-30 victory. Tech QB Jim Stevens, starting the first game of his
career, was named MVP after passing for three touchdowns.
1970 1975 1980
168 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS OKLAHOMA STATE MISSOURI BOWL EVENTS WELCOME
1976 – Appearing in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the third
time in his career, Bear Bryant led No. 16 Alabama to a 36-6
win over No. 7 UCLA. For the first time in the Bowl’s history, a
defensive player was named MVP, as the Crimson Tide’s Barry
Krauss earned the honor.
1973 – An up-and-coming head coach named Lou Holtz
guided No. 16 N.C. State to a 31-18 win over No. 19 Kansas.
1974 – Despite an MVP performance by Randy White, No.
10 Maryland fell to unranked Tennessee 7-3.
1978 – Depite
and No. 18
on to a 17-point
halftime lead to
defeat LSU, 20-15.
1979 – Penn State converted a halfback pass late in the
fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal, as the
Nittany Lions downed Tulane 9-6.
1977 – Down 17-7
heading into the
fourth quarter, Tom
Osborne and the No.
two TDs to defeat
No. 14 North
1975 – In a
MVP Ricky Bell led
Southern Cal to a
victory over No.
A&M in John
McKay’s last game
as head coach of
1970 – Tulane rushed for
over 200 yards, 128 by MVP
David Abercrombie, to upend
1971 – In one of the more
memorable games in AutoZone
Liberty Bowl history, No.
9 Tennessee converted a
Arkansas fumble into the gamewinning
TD with less than two
minutes remaining to defeat the
No. 18 Razorbacks, 14-13.
1980 – In front of a sold-out crowd of 53,667 fans, Purdue’s
record-setting QB Mark Herrmann earned MVP honors after
tossing four touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ 28-25 win over