1967 Liberty Bowl Recap
NC State 14, Georgia 7
One of the most successful squads in NC State football history capped its season with the Wolfpack’s first bowl victory. State made a pair of brilliant goal line stands in the final moments to preserve a 14-7 triumph.
Coach Earle Edwards’ Pack scored the winning touchdown in the fourth period when Tony Barchuk plunged over from the one to climax a 73-yard drive.
Barchuk’s touchdown broke a tie that was created when the two teams traded touchdowns during a five minute span in the second period.
However, the excitement was not over once the scoring had been completed. Georgia took the ball on its own one yard line following Barchuk’s dive, and stormed 98 yards to the Wolfpack one. At that point the Pack stiffened, and State’s Bill Morrow made the big play when he tackled Kent Lawrence at the one on a fourth-and-goal play.
Even after Morrow’s stop, the Bulldogs weren’t finished. State’s offense couldn’t move the ball and was forced to punt. Georgia blocked the punt and the Bulldogs took over on the NCSU nine.
The State defense was once again on the firing line, and the Wolfpack responded for a second time. Four straight Georgia passes fell incomplete and the Pack had its first bowl victory.
NC State’s first touchdown came on a six-yard pass from quarterback Jim Donnan to end Harry Martell.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lawrence returned the ball 42 yards, and the Bulldogs were rolling. Quarterback Kirby Moore completed three straight passes, and Georgia eventually tied the score on fullback Ron Jenkins’ one-yard plunge.
A sparkling performance was turned in by State punter Gary Yount, who set a Liberty Bowl record with a 41.6 yard average on six kicks. Martell also finished with a new bowl record of seven receptions.
NCSU Martell 6 pass from Donnan (Warren kick)
UGA Jenkins 1 run (McCullough kick)
NCSU Barchuk 1 run (Warren kick)