Test your bowl games knowledge

Jeff Birchfield • Jan 1, 2018 at 4:15 PM

With college football games dominating New Year’s Day, here’s some questions to test your knowledge of bowl games:

1. In one of the most famous games in ETSU history, the Bucs beat Louisiana Tech 34-14 to win the 1969 Grantland Rice Bowl. Which former NFL quarterback, who went on to win four Super Bowls, was the quarterback on that Louisiana Tech team?

2. True or False. The Bucs, coached by John Robert Bell, finished the season 10-0-1 after the bowl win. It is the only undefeated season ever in the history of ETSU football.

3. Tennessee beat Florida State 23-16 to win the first-ever BCS championship and the 1998 National Championship. In what bowl did the Vols beat the Seminoles to win that title?

4. Jason Witten had a five catches for 120 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown, in Tennessee’s 45-17 win in the 2002 Citrus Bowl. What Big Ten Conference team did the Vols beat to win this game?

5. The 1967 Orange Bowl featured two local icons. Steve Spurrier, who went to Science Hill High School, quarterbacked the Florida Gators to a 27-12 win over Georgia Tech, coached by Bobby Dodd, who attended what other local high school?

6. Spurrier’s last bowl game as a head coach came at South Carolina in the 2014 Independence Bowl. Who did the Gamecocks link together two turnovers against to beat 24-21 in that game?

7. True or False. Although Tennessee won the 1951 Associated Press National Championship, General Robert Neyland’s Vols lost to Maryland in the Sugar Bowl.

8. Michael Vick quarterbacked Virginia Tech to its only National Championship game appearance, where the Hokies lost 46-27 to Florida State in the 2000 Sugar Bowl. What local high school coach played wide receiver for the Hokies that season?

9. The Burley Bowl was a postseason college football game played on Thanksgiving Day in Johnson City from 1945-56. Which local college played High Point to a 7-7 tie in the first ever Burley Bowl?

10. ETSU set Burley Bowl records with three wins and five appearances. What other Tennessee school defeated the Bucs 32-12 in the final Burley Bowl game in 1956?

11. Which Tennessee quarterback did then Florida coach Steve Spurrier say that he’s only coming back for his senior year to be a three-time Citrus Bowl MVP?

12. Besides colleges, many local high schools played in bowl games back in the day. An example was Happy Valley beat Gibbs 13-6 in the 1984 Little T Bowl. What famous musician played for Gibbs in that game?



1. Terry Bradshaw

2. True

3. (Tostitos) Fiesta Bowl

4. Michigan

5. Dobyns-Bennett

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. True

8. Shawn Witten of Elizabethton

9. Milligan College

10. Memphis (then Memphis State)

11. Peyton Manning

12. Kenny Chesney

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