1978 Garden State Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Rutgers University 10 0 0 8 18
Arizona State University 0 7 14 13 34
Date December 16, 1978
Season 1978
Stadium Giants Stadium
Location East Rutherford, New Jersey
MVP WR John Mistler (Arizona State)
Attendance 33,402[1]
Garden State Bowl

The 1978 Garden State Bowl, part of the 1978 bowl game season, took place on December 16, 1978, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The competing teams were the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, which competed as a football independent, and the Arizona State Sun Devils, representing the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10). In the inaugural edition of the Garden State Bowl, Arizona State came-from-behind to defeat Rutgers 34–18.


  1. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 37. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
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