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{{Infobox NCAA football yearly game
 
{{Infobox NCAA football yearly game
|Game Name=Fiesta Bowl
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| Game Name = Fiesta Bowl
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| Date Game Played =
|Title Sponsor=
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| Year Game Played = 1979
|Date Game Played=December 25
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| Football Season = 1979
|Year Game Played=1979
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| Stadium =
|Football Season=1979
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| City =
|Home Name Short=Arizona
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| Visitor School =
|Home Nickname=Wildcats
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| Visitor Name Short =
|Home Record=6–4–1
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|Home Conference = [[Pacific-10 Conference|Pac-10]]
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|Home Coach=[[Tony Mason (American football)|Tony Mason]]
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|MVP= K Mark Schubert (Pittsburgh)<br> SS [[Dave Liggins]] (Arizona)
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|Visitor Name Short=Pittsburgh
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|Visitor Nickname=Panthers
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| Home School =
|Visitor Record=10–1
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| Home Name Short =
|Visitor Conference = Independent
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| Home Nickname =
|Visitor Coach=[[Jackie Sherrill]]
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|Visitor AP=10
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|US Network=NBC
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|US Announcers= [[Charlie Jones (sportscaster)|Charlie Jones]] and [[Len Dawson]]
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|Stadium=[[Sun Devil Stadium]]
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|City=[[Tempe, Arizona]]
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|Attendance= 55,347
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The '''1979 Fiesta Bowl''' featured the [[1979 Pittsburgh Panthers football team|Pittsburgh Panthers]] and the [[1979 Arizona Wildcats football team|Arizona Wildcats]].
 
   
==Background==
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This was Pittsburgh's second Fiesta Bowl appearance. Arizona, despite finishing third in the [[Pac-12 Conference|Pacific-10 Conference]], was invited to their first Fiesta Bowl game.
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==Teams==
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===Team 1===
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===Team 2===
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==Game summary==
 
==Game summary==
Mark Schubert was the first kicker named MVP, with his three field goals helping the Panthers win a game that had four turnovers by Arizona and two by Pittsburgh. Schubert gave his team a lead they would never relinquish with his two field goals to have a 6–0 lead. Arizona responded with a Brett Weber field goal, but Benjie Pryor caught a touchdown pass from [[Dan Marino]] to increase the lead, as Schubert added in a field goal later to make it 16–3 at the end of three quarters. Arizona scored on a Hubert Oliver touchdown run to make it 16–10. After Pittsburgh punted the ball back to Arizona, the Wildcats looked to drive for the winning points with 1:05 left. But just seven seconds later, Jim Krohn's pass was intercepted by Terry White as the Panthers won their first Fiesta Bowl.<ref>{{Cite web |url=https://www.fiestabowl.org/fiesta-bowl/fiesta-bowl-game-history/game-results-recaps/1979-fiesta-bowl.php |title=Archived copy |access-date=2015-01-04 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20141102194132/https://www.fiestabowl.org/fiesta-bowl/fiesta-bowl-game-history/game-results-recaps/1979-fiesta-bowl.php |archive-date=2014-11-02 |dead-url=yes |df= }}</ref>
 
   
==Aftermath==
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Pittsburgh would return to the [[1984 Fiesta Bowl|Fiesta Bowl in 1984]], but {{as of|lc=y|2018}} have not won another Fiesta Bowl. Arizona would finally win a [[1986 Aloha Bowl|bowl game in 1986]], and later returned to the [[1994 Fiesta Bowl|Fiesta Bowl in 1994]].
 
   
==Statistics==
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! Statistics !! Arizona !! Pittsburgh
 
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| First Downs || 20|| 20
 
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| Yards Rushing|| 91|| 127
 
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| Yards Passing || 226|| 172
 
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| Return Yards || 46||37
 
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| Total Yards || 363|| 336
 
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|Punts-Average ||4-39.8|| 5-34.2
 
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|Fumbles-Lost ||2-1|| 1-0
 
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|Interceptions|| 3|| 2
 
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|Penalties-Yards ||7-85|| 10-89
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
   
{{1979 bowl game navbox}}
 
 
{{Fiesta Bowl navbox}}
 
{{Fiesta Bowl navbox}}
{{Arizona Wildcats bowl game navbox}}
 
{{Pittsburgh Panthers bowl game navbox}}
 
   
 
[[Category:1979–80 NCAA football bowl games|Fiesta Bowl]]
 
[[Category:1979–80 NCAA football bowl games|Fiesta Bowl]]
 
[[Category:Fiesta Bowl]]
 
[[Category:Fiesta Bowl]]
[[Category:Arizona Wildcats football bowl games]]
 
[[Category:Pittsburgh Panthers football bowl games]]
 
[[Category:1979 in sports in Arizona|Fiesta Bowl]]
 
[[Category:December 1979 sports events]]
 
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