Game Day: December 20, 1969
Although the Sun Bowl traditionally has close matchups, the Big Eight Conference co-champion and No. 14th Nebraska (8-2) completely dominated the Georgia Bulldogs 45-6.
Paul Rogers’ four field goals of 50, 32, 42 and 37 yards, plus sophomore Jeff Kinney’s 11-yard touchdown run gave the Huskers an 18-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Nebraska went on to score twenty more unanswered points until Paul Gilbert finally scored Georgia’s lone touchdown near the end of the fourth quarter.
Jeff Tagge ran in for one more Nebraska touchdown before the score settled at 45-6 in favor of the Cornhuskers.
Quarterback Van Brownson led the Cornhuskers and completed 11 of 18 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska finished with a 355-185 total offensive advantage over the Bulldogs.
Rogers, who earned Most Valuable Player honors, tied the NCAA bowl record for field goals (4) and his 15 total points set an NCAA bowl record for points by a kicker which would stand until 1981.
The Cornhuskers’ linebacker, Jerry Murtaugh, won Most Valuable Lineman.
Two coaching legends were matched up in this 1969 game – Nebraska’s Bob Devaney and Georgia’s Vince Dooley.
The Sun Bowl was the first of thirty straight bowl appearances for the the Nebraska Cornhuskers, an NCAA record.