ESPN Classic Bowl Moments

Live, relive or unlive the 1979 and 1981 Sugar, 1985 and 1992 Fiesta and 1988 Rose Bowls in these flashbacks with the players who won them.

  • 1979 Sugar Bowl

    Before the BCS, there was no guarantee that No. 1 would face No. 2 at season's end to determine the national champ. The 45th Sugar Bowl gave fans the rare matchup they passionately craved and rightfully deserved.

  • 1981 Sugar Bowl

    No. 1 Georgia entered the Sugar Bowl seeking its first national title. Notre Dame was out to prove that the "unbeaten, untied and unbelievable" Bulldogs had escaped the regular season 11-0 as a matter of luck.

  • 1985 Fiesta Bowl

    The lead changed hands six times. The combatants combined for 827 yards of offense. And the scoring was fast and furious up until the game's final moments.

  • 1988 Rose Bowl

    After 22 years of placing anywhere but first in the Big Ten, Michigan State finally made it to Pasadena to face, of all teams, USC, a team it had beaten 27-13 in its season opener.

  • 1992 Fiesta Bowl

    Typified by eventual Cincinnati Bengals WR Carl Pickens, Tennessee was a cocky squad that planned to overwhelm Penn State in Fiesta Bowl XXI. You know what they say about battle plans…