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1970 Sugar Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
{{{Visitor School}}} 0 12 3 7 22
{{{Home School}}} 14 10 3 0 27
Date January 1, 1970
Season 1969
Stadium Tulane Stadium
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Archie Manning
Attendance 80,096
Sugar Bowl
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The 1970 Sugar Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ole Miss Rebels. In the thirty-sixth Sugar Bowl, #13 Ole Miss upset #3 Arkansas, 27–22.[1]


Arkansas entered the game with a 9-1 record and #3 national ranking. Ole Miss, led by Johnny Vaught, entered at 7-3. The two neighboring states had developed a rivalry, with a yearly series ending in 1961. The two clubs also met in the 1963 Sugar Bowl.

#3 Arkansas

The Razorbacks were making a return trip to the Sugar Bowl, following up a victory in the 1969 Sugar Bowl.[2] Starting 9-0, the Razorbacks ended the regular season with a loss to the Texas Longhorns in The Game of the Century.[3] This loss to the #1 Longhorns cost the Hogs a SWC Championship and a chance at the national championship.

#13 Ole Miss

Ole Miss, led by coaching great Johnny Vaught and quarterback Archie Manning entered the game at 7-3.

Game summary

Ole Miss running back Bo Bowen scampered 69 yards to open the scoring, with Archie Manning adding another 18-yard TD run. Down 14-0, Arkansas responded with a 12 yard TD run by Bill Burnett, but the extra point was missed, and after a Rebel field goal and Archie Manning 30-yard TD strike, were down 24-6. Before halftime, Chuck Dicus hauled in a 47-yard pass from Bill Montgomery, but the two-point conversion was incomplete, and the Rebels took a 24-12 halftime lead.

The third quarter produced a field goal from each team, and in the fourth quarter fullback Bruce Maxwell caught a six-yard strike from Montgomery to cut the lead to five, but the rally fell short, the Hogs losing by a 27-22 final.

Though Archie Manning's sons Peyton and Eli later became star quarterbacks in the SEC, neither played in the Sugar Bowl.


  1. "2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football Media Guide." Article. University of Arkansas. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  2. "Sugar Bowl History." Sugar Bowl Year-by-year. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. "Texas-Arkansas Game of the Century." 1969 Texas-Arkansas. Retrieved March 31, 2010.