Fla. (AP) - Arkansas ripped Georgia Tech with All - America Jim Mooty's
speed and Joe Paul Alberty's fluid power Saturday and whipped the Yellow
Jackets 14-7 in the 15th Gator Bowl game.
For Bobby Dodd, it was his first loss in nine bowl trips as head coach
at Tech. And the coach who beat him- Arkansas' Frank Broyles- once
played for Tech
and was a Dodd aide for six seasons.
The teams swapped first half touchdowns but Arkansas took charge after
halftime. Mooty and his sophomore sidekick, Lance Alworth, were unable
to break wide for long gains until the third quarter.
Then they turned it on. The 165 - pound Mooty started Arkansas'
clinching touchdown march with a twisting, 24 yard sprint to midfield.
Alworth chipped in with two good sweeps. Then Mooty barreled 19 yards
for the touchdown.
Tech's heavier line, led by All-America center Maxie Baughan, whipped
Arkansas during a first quarter which Tech completely dominated. After
that there was little difference between the two lines.
Tech's touchdown came on the final play of the first quarter when
quarterback Marvin Tibbetts raced 51 yards on a keeper play. Tibbetts,
best known for his defensive play, was hurt on the second half kickoff
and saw no more action.
Alberty, who runs with tremendous power for a 178-pounder, picked up
some key first down yardage in Arkansas' 62 yard touchdown march in the
second quarter. And the fullback smashed over from the 1.
An overflow record crowd of 45,104 and a national television audience
saw the game.
Mooty, voted the most valuable player on the winning team, cracked
Tech's defenses for 99 yards in 18 carries. Baughan, the most valuable
player for the losers, turned in his usual sterling game, making tackles
all over the field.
Fred Braselton, Tech's ace passer, launched a desperate aerial attack in
the waning minutes of the game but Arkansas was ready and stopped every
threat before any damage could be done.
The first two quarters presented a sharply contrasting picture.
Tech took the opening kickoff and ate up 11 1/2 minutes with a power
drive which carried to the Razorback 8. On fourth down, Cal James tried
a field goal but the kick was wide. Floyd Faucette and Taz Anderson
ground out most of the yardage in that futile thrust.
After stopping Tech, Arkansas ran three plays and punted. That was the
only time the Razorbacks had the ball on offense in the opening quarter.
Tibbetts made his scoring jaunt on the second play after the Arkansas
punt. He faked a handoff, loped out to his left, cut back across the
field and went over almost untouched.
Then Arkansas dominated the second quarter just as Tech had the first.
Tech worked in only three scrimmage plays while Arkansas was staging its
Mooty, Alworth and Alberty pounded out most of the 62 yards on short
thrusts. Three times Alberty was called on for short first down yardage
and each time he got what was needed. He wound up with 38 yards in 12
Tibbetts' long run made him Tech's top gainer with 59 yards in three
runs. Anderson was next with 38 and Faucette got 23.
Tackles Jim Hollander and Marlin Epp and guards Gerald Gardner and Billy
Luplow and linebacker Wayne Harris played big roles in containing Tech's
The rain that the weatherman warned might come never did and the backs
had good footing- something Broyles said his boys needed to offset
Tech's 15-pound weight advantage.
Jim Monroe, who handled the Arkansas offense, mixed his plays well and
threw just often enough to prevent Tech from massing its defense.
GT- Tibbetts 51 run (Faucette kick)
AR- Alberty 1 run (Letsinger kick)
AR- Mooty 19 run (Letsinger kick)
GT– Tibbetts 3-59, Anderson 12-38
AR– Mooty 18-99, Alworth 9-40
GT- Braselton 8-18-64
AR- Monroe 2-4-21
GT- Graning 3-19
AR- Mooty 1-12