3/19/2007

Bowling for Memories: The Aloha Bowl

So, back to the giant college football book (step-stool) -

I checked out Penn State's bowl games - And I thought I'd take some time and review the games by venue - the (now defunct) Aloha Bowl seemed like a good place to start.

Penn State followed their national championship appearance in the 1983 Sugar Bowl by playing in the 1983 Aloha Bowl on December 26th. Many of the "stars" had left the team - but there were a few stragglers (most notably, Kenny Jackson) - Interestingly, the "kids" who had been redshirt freshmen on the 1982 squad were now playing - these were the kids that would be the heart of the 1985 and 1986 squads (Conlin, Cobbs, etc). DJ Dozier was a bona-fide freshman - and an instant star. Doug Strang was quarterback - that's not a name you forget - he had the difficult task of having to follow Blackledge.

PSU squared off against the Washington Huskies, who boasted a pretty powerful offense (the Huskies would play in the Orange Bowl the next year and beat Oklahoma, the team that would win the NC the next year... but I digress).

The PSU defense shut down the Huskie offense and held them to 10 points. DJ Dozier scored PSU's one touchdown, and the Lions went on to win 13 -10.

The best part is that the PSU player of the game was George Reynolds. George Reynolds was the punter. He booted eight punts during the contest, averaging almost 50 yards a kick (48.6).

It wasn't the "prettiest" Aloha Bowl in history, but it was PSU's one trip to the Big Island - and they won.

2 comments:

Mike said...

I was there (grandparents lived in Honolulu and we happened to be visiting that year); it was on Oahu (in Aloha Stadium, in west Honolulu), not the Big Island.

And, yes, the punter deserved the MVP.

Coach said...

Thanks for the geography update! What fun - Hawaii AND Penn State Football - you had the coolest grandparents.