American Football Database
1975 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State University 0 0 3 3 6
University of Alabama 3 0 7 3 13
Date December 31, 1975
Season 1975
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Richard Todd, Alabama QB
Attendance 75,212
Sugar Bowl
 < 1974  1976

The 1975 Sugar Bowl, part of the 1975 bowl game season, took place on December 31, 1975, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the 1977 Penn State Nittany Lions, competing as a football independent. In the first Sugar Bowl played in the Superdome, Alabama was victorious in by a final score of 13–6.



The 1975 Alabama squad finished the regular season as SEC champions with a record of 10–1. The only defeat was a 20–7 loss to the Missouri Tigers in week one. On November 17, bowl officials announced that Alabama would face Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.[1] The appearance marked the seventh for Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and their 29th overall bowl appearance.

Penn State

The 1975 Penn State squad finished the regular season with a record of 9–2. Their only defeats were a 17–9 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in week three and a 15–14 loss to the NC State Wolfpack in week ten. On November 17, bowl officials announced that Penn State would face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.[1] The invitation for Penn State was controversial as Alabama's Bryant personally selected Penn State as their opponent instead of a higher ranked team from the Big 8 or Big 10.[2] The appearance marked the second for Penn State in the Sugar Bowl, and their 14th overall bowl appearance.

Game summary

After Penn State's Chris Bahr missed a 62-yard field goal, Alabama scored on a 25-yard Danny Ridgeway field goal to take a 3–0 lead.[3] After a scoreless second quarter, Penn State tied the game at 3–3 on a 42-yard Bahr field goal in the third.[3] Bama responded on the following drive with the lone touchdown of the game on a 14-yard Mike Stock run to take a 10–3 lead.[3][4] After cutting the lead to 10–6 on a 37-yard Bahr field goal, the Crimson Tide responded with an extended drive resulting in a 28-yard Ridgeway field goal in bringing the final score to 13–6.[3][4] For his 210 yards passing after completing ten of twelve pass attempts, Alabama quarterback Richard Todd was named the games Most Valuable Player.[3]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Penn State Alabama
1 5:33 9 plays, 72 yards Alabama 25-yard field goal by Danny Ridgeway 0 3
3 4:33 69 yards Penn State 42-yard field goal by Chris Bahr 3 3
3 1:42 Alabama Mike Stock 14-yard touchdown run, Danny Ridgeway kick good 3 10
4 11:19 Penn State 37-yard field goal by Chris Bahr 6 10
4 3:19 Alabama 28-yard field goal by Danny Ridgeway 6 13
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 13


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKenize, Mike (November 17, 1975). "Alabama vs. Penn State in Sugar". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 9. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  2. McKenize, Mike (November 18, 1975). "Bryant defends picking Penn State as foe". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 9. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Axelrod, Phil (January 1, 1976). "Lions bow to Alabama". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: p. 48. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wilson, Austin (January 1, 1976). "Sugar Bowl is sweet for Alabama". The Gadsden Times. The Associated Press: p. 17. Retrieved January 19, 2011.