1998 Las Vegas Bowl

The 1998 Las Vegas Bowl was the seventh edition of the annual college football bowl game. It featured the San Diego State Aztecs, and the North Carolina Tar Heels. It remains the only bowl game in NCAA history where both of teams which participated in it started the season 0–3.

1998 Las Vegas Bowl
1234 Total
San Diego State 7303 13
North Carolina 12800 20
DateDecember 19, 1998
StadiumSam Boyd Stadium
LocationWhitney, Nevada
MVPRonald Curry (QB, North Carolina)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team[1]
Las Vegas Bowl
 < 1997  1999

Game summaryEdit

San Diego State scored first after receiver Lonny Mitchell recovered a San Diego State fumble and advanced it 60 yards for a touchdown, putting the Aztecs up 7-0. North Carolina got back into the game with field goals of 32 and 23 yards from Josh McGee, to pull the Tar Heels to within 7-6. Quarterback Ronald Curry took off on a 48-yard touchdown run, but a missed extra point left the score at 12-7, North Carolina.

In the second quarter, safety David Bomar recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, and a two-point conversion made the score 20-7 North Carolina. North Carolina would not score for the rest of the game. Before halftime, Nate Tandberg kicked a 32-yard field goal to pull SDSU to within 20-10. Later in the fourth quarter, he drilled another 38-yard field goal, to make it 20-13 UNC. North Carolina would hold on to win the game by that margin.


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