The 1960 Gator Bowl featured a second-year head coach up against his alma mater and mentor, as well as two teams that had met in a bowl game previously in the decade. Georgia Tech was 11-2 in bowl games entering the contest.
Arkansas finished their SWC schedule 5-1, losing only to #3 Texas. The Hogs also lost to #6 Ole Miss at Crump Stadium in a nonconference matchup.
The Ramblin' Wreck and Razorbacks did have a common opponent, The Mustangs of SMU (5-4-1), who GT defeated 16-12 and the Hogs beat 17-14.
The Ramblin' Wreck began by dominating the ball, consuming over eleven minutes before failing a field goal from the Arkansas 8 yard line. However, it took only two plays on Tech's second drive to hit pay dirt as GT quarterback Marvin Tibbetts scrambled 51 yards for a touchdown. Joe Paul Alberty scored from one yard out on the ensuing Razorback possession to tie the game at 7. Razorback rushers Lance Alworth and Jim Mooty took over in the third quarter, working in tandem to go 78 yards with Mooty finishing with a 19 yard score.
Arkansas' record in the postseason improved to 2-1-2, with Tech dropping to 11-3.