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The 1983 Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 1983, was the 12th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game featured the Arizona State Sun Devils, and the Oklahoma Sooners.

1983 Fiesta Bowl
1234 Total
Arizona State 011714 32
Oklahoma 7680 21
DateJanuary 1, 1983
Season1982
StadiumSun Devil Stadium
LocationTempe, Arizona
MVPHB Marcus Dupree & DL Jim Jeffcoat
Attendance66,484
United States TV coverage
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersCharlie Jones, Len Dawson
Nielsen ratings7.9
Fiesta Bowl
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Senator Barry Goldwater attending the 1983 Fiesta Bowl Parade

Oklahoma scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Stanley Wilson, giving the Sooners a 7–0 lead. In the second quarter, Arizona State got a field goal from kicker Luis Zendejas to cut the lead to 7–3. Their defense later forced a safety, to make it 7–5. Zendejas kicked another 22-yard field goal to give Arizona State its first lead of the game at 8–7.

Wilson scored on his second rushing touchdown of the game to give Oklahoma a 13–8 lead. Zendejas answered with a 54-yard field goal before halftime, to cut the lead to 13–11, Oklahoma.

In the third quarter, Darryl Clack scored on a 15-yard touchdown run, to give Arizona State an 18–13 lead. Running back Fred Sims rushed 19 yards for a touchdown, and the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt was successful, giving Oklahoma a 21–18 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils got a 1-yard touchdown run from Alvin Moore, giving ASU a 25–21 lead. Arizona State quarterback Todd Hons threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Mark Brown to make the score 32–21. The Sun Devils hung on to post that final score.

Though Arizona State won the game, Oklahoma tailback Marcus Dupree was named the MVP of the game due to his amassing 239 rushing yards on only 19 carries, averaging over 12 yards every time he carried the ball from scrimmage. Amazingly, Dupree played only a little over 1/2 of the game, having to leave three times due to a broken finger, an ankle injury, a rib injury and a pulled hamstring. He set the rushing record for yards in the Fiesta Bowl, which still stands.

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