1977 Sun Bowl (January)
|1977 Sun Bowl|
|Date||January 2, 1977|
|Location||El Paso, Texas|
|MVP||K Tony Franklin|
|National anthem||Cyndi Grecco|
|Halftime show||Fightin' Texas Aggie Band & Cyndi Grecco|
|United States TV coverage|
The Aggies finished third in the Southwest Conference due to losses to the eventual co-champions of the conference, Texas Tech and Houston, though they were invited to their first ever Sun Bowl. The Gators finished tied for third the Southeastern Conference with Kentucky and Mississippi State in their fourth straight bowl season.
The Aggies scored first on a Tony Franklin field goal from 39 yards out after a drive of nearly 4 minutes to give them the lead midway through the first quarter. The Gators had a miserable first half, with two first downs and no completed passes in total. Walker scored on a touchdown plunge to make it 10-0 in the 2nd quarter after a Florida fumble gave the ball to the Aggies at the 14. After a Florida punt, the Aggies were given the ball back at the 50. After gaining only 5 yards, the Aggies elected to let Franklin attempt a 62 yard field goal, which went through the uprights. His kick set a post season record and gave them a 13-0 lead. After both teams punted, the Aggies drove from their 33 to the Gator 16 and Franklin made a 33 yard field goal to make it 16-0 with 1:26 left in the second half. George Woodward scored on a touchdown plunge with 10:50 left in the 3rd on a short 45 yard drive. A successful 2-pt conversion made it 24-0 A&M. Wes Chandler rushed for a 29 yard touchdown to narrow the lead to 24-7. However, a Florida interception gave the ball back to the Aggies later in the quarter and George Woodward scored on a 3 yard touchdown plunge to make it 31-7. The Gators scored one last time in the 4th on a Terry LeCount touchdown plunge to make it 31-14. Woodard scored on a touchdown pass from Walker with 3:08 left to make it 37-14, and the Aggies won soon after. Franklin kicked three field goals and kicked two extra point attempts in an MVP effort. He was later named to the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team. George Woodward rushed for 125 yards on 25 attempts with 3 touchdowns. 
Florida did not return to a bowl game until 1980. A&M went to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl at the end of the year. They returned to the Sun Bowl in 1989, while Florida hasn't returned.
- "Sun Bowl Half-Time Begins in Mind's Eye". El Paso Times. December 8, 1976. p. 38. Retrieved January 17, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- Lee, Pete (January 4, 1977). "Editor's Corner". El Paso Herald-Post. p. 4. Retrieved January 17, 2019 – via newspapers.com.