|1989 Freedom Bowl|
|Freedom Bowl VI|
|Date||December 30, 1989|
|Favorite||Washington by 2½ to 3 points|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire|
The 1989 Freedom Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 30 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. The game featured the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference and the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference, who were led by junior Emmitt Smith, a consensus All-American at running back.
The Huskies opened with two wins, lost three straight, then won five of six to finish the regular season at 7–4, tied for second in the Pac-10.
The Gators lost their opener, won six straight, then lost three of four to finish the regular season at 7–4, tied for fourth in the SEC. Head coach Galen Hall resigned in early October after allegations of NCAA rules violations, and defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was the interim head coach.
Washington built a twenty-point lead at halftime and won 34–7. Smith gained only 17 yards on seven carries, as Florida was forced to go to the air in the second half. It was Smith's lowest rushing total since his first game as a freshman, when he was a reserve.
|Time of possession||41:52||18:08|
Unranked since early October, Washington was #23 in the final AP poll, and played in the next three Rose Bowls, which included a shared national championship after the second. Florida hired alumnus Steve Spurrier as head coach the next day, and he led the Gators for twelve seasons. Smith skipped his senior season and was selected seventeenth overall in the 1990 NFL Draft; he won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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