When the Iowa State Cyclones (6-6) take on the USA Conference champion Tulsa (10-3) in the 2012 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN.today at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, it will not be the first time the Cyclones have played in the Liberty Bowl - in fact, they played a memorable game exactly 40 years ago, in 1972, against Georgia Tech, who edged the Johnny Majors-coached Cyclones that day, 31-30.
Iowa State quarterback George Amundson completed two touchdown passes to end Ike Harris, the second one for five yards with less than two minutes left in the game. The short pass made the score 31-30 in favor of Tech, but Amundson rolled out for a two-point conversion pass attempt with only 1:36 to play and threw the ball out of the end zone under pressure from Tech's Tim Macy and Beau Bruce.
Georgia Tech managed only a field goal of 32 yards by Cam Bonifay while amassing minus six yards on offense in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Amundson tossed a 13-yarder for a score to Harris and led another 41-yard drive which was capped on a one-yard run by Moses Moore.
Tech pulled ahead 17-14 in the second period on Jim Stevens' pass to Robinson and a 19-yard interception return by Gary Faulkner.
Iowa State's George Amundson is hit in the end zone as he passes in the 1972 Liberty Bowl. The pass was intercepted and returned for a TD.
Willie Jones returned the ensuing Tech kickoff 93 yards to provide Iowa State with a 21-17 halftime lead. He bobbled the ball momentarily at the seven, circled back to the one and outsped Tech's kicking specialists to score.
Coach Paul Rhoads leads his Iowa State Cyclones (6-6) onto the field today to face USA Conference Champion Tulsa (10-3) in the 2012 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN. Game time is 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. AP Photo
The teams went into the fourth period tied at 24-24 after a 30-yard field goal by Tom Goedjen of Iowa State and Stevens' 22-yard pass to Healy.