1989 Gator Bowl (December)

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1989 Mazda Gator Bowl
45th Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Clemson 010017 27
West Virginia 7000 7
DateDecember 30, 1989
Season1989
StadiumGator Bowl
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPLevon Kirkland, LB, Clemson
Mike Fox, DT, West Virginia
Attendance82,911
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The 1989 Gator Bowl was held on December 30, 1989, at the Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The 14th-ranked Clemson Tigers defeated the 17th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 27–7. For sponsorship reasons, the game was officially known as the Mazda Gator Bowl.[1]

Game summary[edit]

The scoring was opened by West Virginia in the first quarter, as they scored on a 12-yard pass. The PAT was good and the Mountaineers led 7–0. Clemson retaliated in the second quarter, though, as they converted a 27-yard field goal and then a 1-yard touchdown run. The Tigers led at halftime, 10–7. The third quarter saw no scoring, and the fourth quarter's scoring was opened by Clemson, as they scored on a 4-yard rush to lead 17–7. The Tigers defense got them six more, as they recovered a fumble in the end zone to score yet another touchdown. The extra point was successfully converted, and the Tigers took a 24–7 lead. Clemson topped their victory off with a 24-yard field goal, and they won the game, 27–7.

Aftermath[edit]

The Tigers finished the game with eight more first downs, 139 more rushing yards, and 111 more total yards. WVU finished with 28 more passing yards.

As a result of their victory, Clemson rose from their #14 spot to finish at #12 for the 1989 season. The Mountaineers dropped from #17 to #21.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gator Bowl". The Baltimore Sun. December 30, 1989. p. 18. Retrieved November 25, 2018 – via newspapers.com.