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1975 Fiesta Bowl

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1975 Fiesta Bowl
1234 Total
Nebraska 0770 14
Arizona State 33011 17
DateDecember 26, 1975
StadiumSun Devil Stadium
LocationTempe, Arizona
MVPJohn Jefferson (WR, ASU)
Larry Gordon (LB, ASU)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersPat Summerall and
Tom Brookshier
 Fiesta Bowl 
 <  1974   1976

The 1975 Fiesta Bowl matched the Arizona State Sun Devils of the Western Athletic Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference.[1][2] This was the fifth Fiesta Bowl, played on December 26 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, ASU's home venue.

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The Cornhuskers won their first ten games of the season and climbed to second in the AP poll; they were set up for a Big Eight title and potential national championship until a fourth consecutive loss to Oklahoma on November 22. The Sun Devils won all eleven games in the regular season and took their fifth WAC title in six years; it was their fourth Fiesta Bowl appearance in five years. This was Nebraska's first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl; the Huskers had won their previous six bowl games, and the last five were major bowls.

Game summary

Placekicker Danny Kush started and ultimately ended the scoring in this game that arguably put the Fiesta Bowl on the map. He gave ASU an early lead in the first quarter, but Monte Anthony gave Nebraska the lead on his touchdown run. With less than a minute remaining in the half, the Sun Devils drove down the field and narrow the lead to a point with another Kush field goal.

Anthony added in another touchdown run in the third quarter to make Nebraska's lead 14–6. Trailing once again, wide receiver John Jefferson caught a ten-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Fred Mortensen, who had taken over after sophomore starter Dennis Sproul was briefly hurt on a sneak earlier in the game. Head coach Frank Kush opted to tie the game up at fourteen, and Larry Mucker caught a pass from Mortensen for the two-pont conversion. After Nebraska failed to make a successful drive, Sproul was ready to return. He drove the Sun Devils down the field and Kush kicked a 29-yard field goal for a three-point lead with 4:50 remaining. The Sun Devils held Nebraska scoreless the rest of the game and ASU won their fourth Fiesta Bowl. Jefferson was named Offensive MVP with eight receptions for 115 yards. Nebraska led in rushing yards, but ASU outyarded them in passing and total yards, had one less turnover, and scored just one touchdown.[3]


Arizona State (12–0) was second in the final AP poll, their best finish ever; Nebraska dropped to ninth.[4] ASU won another WAC title in 1977 and moved to the Pac-10 in 1978. Both teams returned multiple times to the Fiesta Bowl, Nebraska five times and ASU twice.


Statistics   Arizona  
First Downs 20 20
Rushes–Yards 37–162 57–198
Passing Yards 173 90
Passes 15–37–2 12–23–1
Return Yards 0 20
Total Yards 335 308
Punts–Average 5–37.2 7–39.4
Fumbles–Lost 0–0 2–2
Turnovers by 2 3
Penalties–Yards 6–54 4–38


  1. ^ a b "Sun Devils' 4th-down gamble pays". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 27, 1975. p. 3B.
  2. ^ a b "Sun Devils measure Nebraska". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 27, 1975. p. 13.
  3. ^ "1975 Fiesta Bowl - Arizona State vs. Nebraska". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  4. ^ "No. 1: Sooner voted national champions". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 3, 1976. p. 3B.
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