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|Date Game Played=December 25
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|Football Season=1979
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|Home Name Short=Arizona
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|Home Nickname=Wildcats
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|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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|Visitor Record=10–1
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|Visitor Conference = Independent
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|Visitor Coach=[[Jackie Sherrill]]
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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]].
   
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==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.
==Teams==
 
===Team 1===
 
 
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===Team 2===
 
 
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==Game summary==
 
==Game summary==
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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>
   
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==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]].
   
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==Statistics==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! 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==
 
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1979 Fiesta Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
{{{Visitor School}}} 3 3 7 3 16
{{{Home School}}} 0 0 3 7 10
Date December 25, 1979
Season 1979
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Location Tempe, Arizona
MVP K Mark Schubert (Pittsburgh)
SS Dave Liggins (Arizona)
Attendance 55,347
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
Fiesta Bowl
 < 1978  1980

The 1979 Fiesta Bowl featured the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Arizona Wildcats.

Background

This was Pittsburgh's second Fiesta Bowl appearance. Arizona, despite finishing third in the Pacific-10 Conference, was invited to their first Fiesta Bowl game.

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.[1]

Aftermath

Pittsburgh would return to the Fiesta Bowl in 1984, but as of 2018 have not won another Fiesta Bowl. Arizona would finally win a bowl game in 1986, and later returned to the Fiesta Bowl in 1994.

Statistics

Statistics Arizona Pittsburgh
First Downs 20 20
Yards Rushing 91 127
Yards Passing 226 172
Return Yards 4637
Total Yards 363 336
Punts-Average 4-39.8 5-34.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions 3 2
Penalties-Yards 7-85 10-89

References

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