1972 Fiesta Bowl

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1972 Fiesta Bowl
1234 Total
Missouri 071414 35
Arizona State 1414021 49
Date December 23, 1972
Season 1972
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Location Tempe, Arizona
MVP HB Woody Green (Arizona State)
DB Mike Fink (Missouri)
Attendance 51,138
United States TV coverage
Network Mizlou
Fiesta Bowl
 < 1971  1973

The 1972 Fiesta Bowl matched the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Missouri Tigers.

Background[edit]

The Tigers were making their first Fiesta Bowl appearance after finishing with a 6-5 record and a 3-4 record in the Big Eight Conference. The Sun Devils were champions of the WAC for the fourth straight year and appearing in their second straight Fiesta Bowl.

Game summary[edit]

Arizona State took the lead early with a Woody Green touchdown run, and added on with another Green run to have a 14-0 lead at the end of the first. Don Johnson narrowed the lead for Missouri, but ASU responded with a Brent McClanahan's touchdown run, later adding on with a Danny White touchdown pass to Ed Beverly to have a 28-7 lead at halftime. Chuck Link caught a touchdown pass from John Cherry to narrow the lead, but the extra point missed, making it only 28-13. Not to be deterred, Link caught another touchdown pass and converted the conversion to make it 28-21 as the third quarter came to a close. The Sun Devils struck back, as Green scored his third touchdown of the day to make it 35-21. But on the kickoff return, Mike Fink returned it 100 yards to make the lead only 7 once again. Beverly caught his second touchdown of the day from White to make it 42-28, and after a failed Missouri drive, Green scored his fourth and final touchdown of the day to give ASU a commanding 49-28 lead. Tommy Reamon ran in for a touchdown late to make the final score 49-35, as ASU won its second straight Fiesta Bowl. ASU set two records that still stand for most total yards (718) and first downs (33), which helped them win despite four turnovers compared to Missouri's three, which hurt them more. Woody Green, who ran for 202 yards on 25 carries for four touchdowns, was named Offensive MVP. [1]

Aftermath[edit]

ASU would make three more Fiesta Bowls before the decade ended, winning two of them. Missouri has not made an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl since this game.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics ASU Missouri
First Downs 33 16
Yards Rushing 452 229
Yards Passing 266 182
Return Yards 44 61
Total Yards 762 472
Punts-Average 3-43.6 6-37.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions 3 3
Penalties-Yards 6-50 2-10

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