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Six memorable games for the 60th anniversary

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This season’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl between the Missouri Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowboys is a game that features high-powered offenses and the traditional SEC and Big 12 conference tie-ins.

In honor of the game’s 60th anniversary this New Year’s Eve, here is a look back at six of the many memorable Liberty Bowl matchups.

Dec. 30, 2017: Iowa State 21, Memphis 20

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium packed 57,266 fans into the stands for the Memphis Tigers’ first-ever AutoZone Liberty Bowl appearance last year. 

But the Tigers, who fell just shy of an AAC Championship, also came up just short in the game. Memphis senior Riley Ferguson threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. 

Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard was named the game’s MVP with 10 receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown.

Dec. 32, 2004: Louisville 44, Boise State 40

A matchup between two highly-touted teams, the game between No. 9 Boise State and No. 10 Louisville turned out to be the highest-scoring game in AutoZone Liberty Bowl history.

The Cardinals outgained Boise State 564-284 in total offense, but the Broncos forced four turnovers.

Bobby Petrino’s Louisville team trailed 40-35 in the final quarter, but regained the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Eric Shelton with six minutes to play. 

Louisville quarterback Stefon LeFors was named MVP of the game with 193 passing yards and two touchdowns.  

Dec. 29, 1987: Georgia 20, Arkansas 17

Georgia trailed 17-7 heading into the final quarter, but quickly stormed back to tie the game at 17 with over 10 minutes remaining. 

Arkansas would go on to miss the go-ahead field goal with 1:42 remaining, and the Razorbacks were intercepted on their second offensive drive inside the last two minutes.

Georgia kicker John Kassay nailed the game-winning field goal attempt from 39 yards away, and the Bulldogs won 20-17 as time expired.

Dec. 29, 1983: Notre Dame 19, Boston College 18

Future Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Doug Flutie threw for 287 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, but his Boston College team fell just shy of completing the comeback against the Irish.

Flutie threw one touchdown pass in the second half – the only score of the final 30 minutes – but the Eagles’ 2-point conversion was no good.

Dec. 29, 1982: Alabama 21, Illinois 15

Legendary college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant announced that the 1982 Liberty Bowl would be his final game with the Crimson Tide after spending 25 years with the program and winning six national titles.

Bryant’s team intercepted seven passes in the game, and the Crimson Tide went on to win as Craig Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The coach died of a heart attack less than a month later after his final game.

Dec. 18, 1972: Georgia Tech 31, Iowa State 30

The 1972 game between the Yellow Jackets and Cyclones was memorable for several reasons. 

The day before the game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution accurately reported that Iowa State coach Johnny Majors was leaving the Cyclones for Pittsburgh, to the surprise of the ISU players. 

The bowl was also the site of protest for several civil rights groups, who were angered by the suspension of black Georgia Tech quarterback, Eddie McAshan, for missing practice. About 150 people peacefully picketed outside of the stadium, according to the New York Times.

It turned out to be a one-point game, with Georgia Tech holding on thanks to a failed 2-point conversion by the Cyclones with 36 seconds remaining. 

 


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