1992 Sugar Bowl
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1992 Sugar Bowl
1992 USF&G Sugar Bowl
1234 Total
Notre Dame 071022 39
Florida 106012 28
DateJanuary 1, 1992
Season1991
StadiumLouisiana Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
RefereeJames Sprenger (Pac-10)
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersFrank Gifford, Al Michaels and Dan Dierdorf

The 1992 Sugar Bowl was the 58th edition the Sugar Bowl. It featured the third-ranked Florida Gators and the 18th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Using a come-from-behind performance, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the highly favored Gators, 39-28. The game is also known as "The Cheerios Bowl", due to the comment a waiter supposedly told Lou Holtz at a restaurant that "The difference between Cheerios and Notre Dame is that Cheerios belong in a bowl".

The Florida Gators built an early 7-0 lead when their Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Shane Matthews, found All-SEC wide receiver Willie Jackson on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Florida led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, after Arden Czyzewski added a 26-yard field goal to cap the quarter.

Czyzewski added a 24-yard field goal, early in the second quarter, allowing the Gators to take a 13-0 lead. Notre Dame quarterback Rick Mirer capped a methodical drive with a perfect 40-yard touchdown pass to wideout Lake Dawson, making it 13-7 Gators. The Gators led 16-7 at half, after Czyzewski's third field goal of the game. In the third quarter, Notre Dame got a 23-yard field goal from Kevin Pendergast, and a 4-yard touchdown pass form Rick Mirer to Irv Smith to take a 17-16 lead. Czyzewski's 37-yard field goal made it 19-17 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Czyzewski's fifth field goal of the game gave the Gators a 22-17 lead with just 13:45 remaining. Notre Dame's Jerome Bettis then took over the game, as he rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 49 yards, as Notre Dame grabbed a 32-22 lead. Florida quickly responded with a 36-yard score from Matthews to Harrison Houston with 2:28 left to make it 32-28.

Notre Dame put the game out of reach following Bettis's third rushing touchdown of the game, a 39-yarder, to make the final score 39-28. Bettis finished the game with 150 yards rushing. Florida quarterback Shane Matthews set Sugar Bowl records for passing yards (370), and completions (28). Florida lost despite outgaining Notre Dame 511-433, and committing only two turnovers to Notre Dame's three.

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