The 1984 Citrus Bowl was the final game of the 1983-84 NCAA college football season, pitting the No. 1 Texas Longhorns against the No. 2 Massachusetts Minutemen. In what is regarded as one of the greatest upsets of all time, the heavy underdog Minutemen beat Texas - the nation's pre-eminent football power - by a score of 30-18 to win their first national championship and end Texas's bid for an eighth national championship since 1966.
Led by head coach Chuck Noll, the Texas Longhorns entered the game with the most efficient quarterback in the nation in Jake Lewis, who won the Bosch Trophy in 1983 by a narrow margin over Sequoyah running back Marcus Dupree. The Longhorns also featured the best statistical defense in every category, including future College and NFL Hall of Fame safety and team captain Leonard James, who had 17 interceptions on the season, an NCAA record that still stands.
The Longhorns had opened 1983 as the No. 5 team in the country, and faced rival No. 1 Sequoyah the first weekend of October. In defeating Sequoyah 33-21 on the road and bottling up their dynamic running back Marcus Dupree, Texas leapt up to No. 1 in the polls, a position they would maintain for two months. They would be the only team to defeat the 1983 Sequoyah Braves. In their final game, against another highly-ranked rival, Texas A&M, the Longhorns defeated the No. 6 Aggies at home to cement their status as a runaway top team. Running backs George McGee and Dylan Curtis placed first and fourth, respectively, in Wyatt Award voting, Lewis took home the Bosch (with James placing fourth, the highest for a safety at the time) and Coach Noll won the Associated Press Coach of the Year Award.