1980 Garden State Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
United States Naval Academy 0 0 0 0 0
University of Houston 14 14 7 0 35
Date December 14, 1980
Season 1980
Stadium Giants Stadium
Location East Rutherford, New Jersey
MVP RB Terald Clark (Houston)
Attendance 41,417[1]
Payout US$400,000[2]

Garden State Bowl
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The 1980 Garden State Bowl, part of the 1980 bowl game season, took place on December 14, 1980, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The competing teams were the Navy Midshipmen, which competed as a football independent, and the Houston Cougars, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC). Houston dominated both sides of the ball in their 35–0 shutout of the Midshipmen. Despite playing in eight bowl games after the 1980 Garden State Bowl, this was Houston's last bowl game win until the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl, which marked the end of an eight game, bowl game losing streak.[3]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Houston[edit | edit source]

The 1980 Houston squad finished their regular season 6–5 and tied for second place in the Southwest Conference. The Cougars lost to Arizona State, Miami (FL), Baylor, Texas and Rice. They accepted an invitation to play in the Garden State Bowl against Navy on November 15.[4] The appearance was the first for Houston in the Garden State Bowl and their 10th overall bowl appearance.

Navy[edit | edit source]

The 1980 Navy squad finished their regular season 8–3. The Midshipmen lost to Virginia, Air Force and Notre Dame. They accepted an invitation to play in the Garden State Bowl against Houston on November 15 following their victory over Georgia Tech.[4] The appearance was the first for Navy in the Garden State Bowl and their 8th overall bowl appearance.

Game summary[edit | edit source]

After recovering a Navy fumble on their first drive, Houston scored their first of five rushing touchdowns when Terald Clark ran it in from one-yard out.[5] After Leo Truss blocked a punt, the Cougars drove 43-yards for their second first quarter touchdown on a one-yard Terry Elston run.[5] Early in the second quarter, Navy had their best scoring opportunity of the afternoon after a Houston turnover. However, Steve Fehr missed a 27-yard field goal and Houston retained their shutout.[6] The Cougars then extended their lead to 28–0 at halftime after touchdown runs of 16 and 26 yards by David Barrett and then Clark.[5] Clark then scored the final points of the game in the third quarter after Clark's third touchdown of the day on a two-yard run.[5] For his 163 yards and three touchdowns, Terald Clark was named the MVP of the game.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Navy Houston
1 10:41 8 31 Houston Terald Clark 1-yard touchdown run, Jeff Shaffer kick good 0 7
1 3:43 10 43 Houston Terry Elston 1-yard touchdown run, Jeff Shaffer kick good 0 14
2 7:51 7 69 Houston David Barrett 14-yard touchdown run, Jeff Shaffer kick no good 0 20
2 7:38 1 26 Houston Terald Clark 26-yard touchdown run, 2-point run good 0 28
3 9:48 13 71 Houston Terald Clark 2-yard touchdown run, Jeff Shaffer kick good 0 35
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 35

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 37. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Bowls.pdf. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  2. Rosenblatt, Richard (December 14, 1980). "Navy, Houston battle today in Garden State Bowl game". The TimesDaily. United Press International: p. 29. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ARQsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=98gEAAAAIBAJ&dq=garden-state%20houston%201980&pg=4611%2C3185865. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  3. "Houston gets first bowl win since 1980". Associated Press. ESPN.com. December 31, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=283662005. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Yeoman and Cougars ready for Navy". The Robesonian. Associated Press: p. 11. November 18, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3ixVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pz0NAAAAIBAJ&dq=garden-state%20houston&pg=4177%2C2785229. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "History: Bowl Recaps" (PDF). 2010 Houston Cougars Football Media Almanac. Houston, Texas: University of Houston Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 90. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/hou/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2010-media-guide-history.pdf. Retrieved October 1, 2011}.
  6. "Navy runs aground vs Houston". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press: p. 13. December 15, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hi8dAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0J4EAAAAIBAJ&dq=garden%20state%20houston&pg=3204%2C3878871. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
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