1978 Sun Bowl

1978 Sun Bowl
1234 Total
Maryland 0000 0
Texas 217140 42
Date December 23, 1978
Season 1978
Stadium Sun Bowl
Location El Paso, Texas
MVP RB Lam Jones (Texas)
Referee Vance Carlson (Big 8)
Attendance 32,000
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Pat Summerall
Tom Brookshier

The 1978 Sun Bowl was a college football bowl game that featured the Texas Longhorns and the Maryland Terrapins.


The Longhorns went from being one game away from a title the previous year to finishing second in the Southwest Conference. The Terrapins finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and made their sixth straight bowl appearance. This was the first Sun Bowl for both teams.

Game summary

The Longhorns had almost as much rushing yards as Maryland had in total yards, demolishing the Terrapin defense and leading 28–0 at halftime. Lam Jones and A.J. Jones (no relation) traded rushing touchdowns, and Mark McBaeth threw a touchdown pass to Lam to make it 21–0 by the time the first quarter ended, in part due to the 33 yard average on the three punts Maryland did in the quarter. A fumbled kickoff return by Maryland gave the ball to Texas early in the second quarter, and McBaeth added a touchdown run of his own to make it 28–0. In the third quarter, a 16 yard punt by the Terrapins set up another Longhorn opportunity. A.J. Jones added in his second touchdown of the day to make it 35–0. A Johnnie Johnson interception gave the ball back to the Longhorns again. Ham Jones scored from 35 yards out to make it 42–0 two plays later. After that, the scoring stopped, as the Longhorns cruised to victory. [1][2]


The Terps returned to the Sun Bowl in 1984, while the Longhorns returned in 1979.


Statistics Maryland Texas
First Downs 20 18
Rushing Yards 34 220
Passing Yards 214 45
Total Yards 248 285
Comp-Att-Int 17-43-4 2-7-0
Return Yards 0 20
Punts-Average 8-37 7-41
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 5-35 7-42


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