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1985 Cherry Bowl
Final edition bowl game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Maryland 6 22 7 0 35
Syracuse University 3 7 8 0 18
Date December 21, 1985
Stadium Pontiac Silverdome
Location Pontiac, Michigan
MVP Stan Gelbaugh, QB, Maryland
Attendance 51,858
United States TV coverage
Network Mizlou, USA Network
Announcers: Ray Lane and Jim Brandstatter
Cherry Bowl
 < 1984   

The 1985 Cherry Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Atlantic Coast Conference's Maryland Terrapins and the Big East Conference's Syracuse Orangemen. After an early 10–6 lead, The Orangemen gave up 22 unanswered second-quarter points, falling too far behind for a comeback and allowing the Terps to win with a final score of 35–18.[1]

Although it was only the second edition, the bowl folded after this game when the Cherry Bowl committee found it was more than $2,000,000 over budget. This ended postseason college football in Detroit until 1997, when the Motor City Bowl launched and the MAC Championship Game was first played on a neutral site.

Scoring summaryEdit

First QuarterEdit

  • Syracuse - McAulay 26, field goal
  • Maryland - Gelbaugh 4, run (kick failed)

Second QuarterEdit

  • Syracuse -Drummond 10, run (McAulay kick)
  • Maryland -Knight 3, pass from Gelbaugh (Badajnek run)
  • Maryland -Tye 8, fumble recovery (Plocki kick)
  • Maryland -Blount 20, run (Plocki kick)

Third QuarterEdit

  • Maryland -Abdur-Ra’oof 6, pass from Gelbaugh (Plocki kick)
  • Syracuse - McPherson 17, run (Schwedes from McPherson)

StatisticsEdit

Statistics Syracuse Maryland
First Downs 28 22
Rushing Yards 241 244
Passing Yards 204 223
Total Yards 445 467
Interceptions 1 3
Punts-Average 1/52.0 3/38.7
Fumbles-Lost 3/2 0/0
Penalties-Yards 3/26 5/54

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