1973 Liberty Bowl Recap
NC State 31, Kansas 18
The tough Wolfpack ground game outscored the flashy Kansas passing attack as NC State rolled to a 31-18 Liberty Bowl victory.
The Pack surge was led by fullback Stan Fritts, who scored a pair of touchdowns and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Fritts smashed the Jayhawk line for 83 yards on 18 carries as Coach Lou Holtz’s squad won a bowl trophy for the second straight season.
Fritts opened the scoring on a two-yard run and gave the Wolfpack the lead for good at 17-10 with an eight-yard burst in the third quarter.
“We honestly believed we could run against them,” said Fritts. “We felt all season long we could run against anybody.”
State sealed the victory when reserve fullback Charley Young scored from 12 yards out following an 80-yard, 19-play drive in the fourth period. The drive included only one pass, and Young’s touchdown run was the longest play.
Freshman defensive tackle Jim Henderson capped the scoring with a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:03 remaining in the game.
The Wolfpack victory came in spite of an outstanding performance by Kansas’ All-America quarterback Dave Jaynes, who hit on 24 of 38 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown.
NCSU Fritts 2 run (Sewell kick)