American Football Database
1989 SeaWorld Holiday Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Pennsylvania State University 3 9 17 21 50
Brigham Young University 3 10 13 13 39
Date December 30, 1989
Season 1989
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Co-Offensive: Ty Detmer (BYU)
Co-Offensive: Blair Thomas (Penn State)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 61,113[1]
Payout US$1,109,038 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Tim Brando, Vince Dooley
and Jerry Punch
Holiday Bowl
 < 1988  1990

The 1989 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1989 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the BYU Cougars.

Game summary

BYU quarterback Ty Detmer was marching the Cougars toward a game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds when he had the ball stripped by Penn State's Gary Brown, who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown to seal the Nittany Lion's victory.

Stealing the ball before Detmer could throw it was the only way he could be stopped by the Penn State defense. Detmer completed 42 of 59 passes for 576 yards, all Holiday Bowl records, and shared Offensive MVP honors with Penn State running back Blair Thomas, who rushed for a Holiday Bowl record 35 times for 186 yards.


  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia

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