The 1979 Gator Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 28, 1979. The North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference defeated the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference, 17–15.
North Carolina Tar Heels
- Michigan - Virgil, 20-yard field goal
- Michigan - Anthony Carter, 53-yard pass from John Wangler (kick failed)
- North Carolina - Doug Paschal, 1-yard run (Hayes kick)
- North Carolina - Phil Farris 12-yard pass from Matt Kupec (Hayes kick)
- North Carolina - Hayes 32-yard field goal
- Michigan - Anthony Carter 30-yard pss from B. J. Dickey (B.J. Dickey pass failed)