Gator Bowl

Gator Bowl
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Stadium TIAA Bank Field
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Previous stadiums Gator Bowl Stadium (1946–1993)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (1994)
Previous locations Gainesville, Florida (1994)
Operated 1946–present
Conference tie-ins SEC, Big Ten, ACC
Previous conference tie-ins Southern (1946–52)
SEC (1953–75, 1992–94)
ACC (1996–2010)
Big East (1996–2010)
Big 12 (2006–10)
Notre Dame (2006–10)
Payout US$3,500,000 (As of 2014)
Sponsors
Mazda (1986–91)
Outback Steakhouse (1992–94)
Toyota (1995–2007)
Konica Minolta (2008–10)
Progressive Insurance (2011)
TaxSlayer.com (2012–present)
Former names
Gator Bowl (1946–85)
Mazda Gator Bowl (1986–91)
Outback Gator Bowl (1992–94)
Toyota Gator Bowl (1995–2007)
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl (2008–10)
Progressive Gator Bowl (2011)
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (2012–13)
TaxSlayer Bowl (2014-2017)
2016 matchup
Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky (Georgia Tech 33–18)
2017 matchup
Louisville vs. Mississippi State (Mississippi State 31–27)

The Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game held in Jacksonville, Florida, operated by Gator Bowl Sports. It has been held continuously since 1946, making it the sixth oldest college bowl, as well as the first one ever televised nationally.[1] The game was originally played at its namesake stadium until 1993. The 1994 game was played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville after Gator Bowl Stadium was demolished to make way for a replacement venue. This replacement, the now-TIAA Bank Field, has been home to the Gator Bowl since 1995.

The game has been sponsored by TaxSlayer.com since 2012, and officially known as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.[2] From 2014 to 2017, it was officially referred to as simply the TaxSlayer Bowl.[3] Previous sponsors include Progressive Insurance (2011), Konica Minolta (2008–10), Toyota (1995–2007), Outback Steakhouse (1992–94), and Mazda (1986–91).

History

According to writer Anthony C. DiMarco, Charles Hilty, Sr. first conceived of the event. Hilty, together with Ray McCarthy, Maurice Cherry, and W. C. Ivey, put up $10,000 to underwrite the first game, which was held at Jacksonville's football stadium, Fairfield Stadium, on January 1, 1946. The first two years of the event did not sell out the small capacity stadium, drawing only 7,362 to the 1946 match when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 26–14. The stadium was expanded in 1948 and renamed the Gator Bowl Stadium in honor of the event. However, it was not until the 1949 match-up between the Clemson Tigers and the Missouri Tigers that the future of the Gator Bowl was assured. The 1948 attendance of 16,666 for a 20–20 tie between Maryland and Georgia, was nearly doubled with 32,939 watching Clemson squeak by Missouri, 24–23, on a late field goal by Jack Miller. By the 1970s, the attendance regularly reached 60,000–70,000.[4]

Hotel Roosevelt fire in 1963

The Gator Bowl is one of Jacksonville's annual sports highlights. However, the event was once associated with a tragedy. In the early morning of December 29, 1963, the Hotel Roosevelt in downtown Jacksonville caught fire after a post-Gator Bowl party in the ballroom.[5] It was later determined that the party was not the cause of the fire, and that the timing was a coincidence. The fire resulted in 22 deaths.[6]

Woody Hayes incident in 1978

In the 1978 game between Ohio State and Clemson, Ohio State coach Woody Hayes lost his temper after a late game interception by Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman, who stepped in front of the receiver on a pass from quarterback Art Schlichter. Bauman ran the ball out of bounds on the Ohio State sideline where Hayes struck Bauman with his right forearm. The play sealed the Tigers' 17–15 win over the Buckeyes and Hayes was fired the next day before leaving Jacksonville.[7]

Bowden's Last Stand in 2010

In the 2010 game between Florida State and West Virginia, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden (who previously coached at West Virginia) coached the final game of a legendary career. Bowden had been the head coach at Florida State since 1976 and had won two national championships, thirteen ACC championships, and had a fourteen-year streak of top five finishes during that time. A record crowd of over 84,000 people attended,[8] the majority in Florida State Garnet and Gold, to witness Bowden being carried off the field[9] after a 33–21 Florida State victory.

TaxSlayer Bowl

In 2014, Gator Bowl Sports announced the bowl would be renamed the TaxSlayer Bowl following a new six-year deal with tax preparation company TaxSlayer.com. As a result of the deal, the bowl increased its payout and moved to a new time slot on January 2 for 2015 and 2016.[10] A new logo was released on April 3, 2014.

Venues

The 1946 and 1947 games were played in Fairfield Stadium, which had a seating capacity of 7,600. The stadium was expanded to 16,000 seats in 1948, and the structure was renamed the Gator Bowl. Prior to the 1949 game, the seating capacity was expanded to 36,058, at which it remained until 1957.[11] That stadium hosted the game through 1993, when it was almost completely demolished for the construction of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (now EverBank Field) on the same site. During the construction, the 1994 Gator Bowl was played instead at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida; the game following the 1995 season and all subsequent games were moved to January 1.

Organization

The game and associated activities are overseen by Gator Bowl Sports. Founded as the Gator Bowl Association in 1945, the organization expanded in 2013 to branch into other sports and events and increase its charity wing.[12]

The association comprises 225 Gator Bowl Committee members, 84 Chairman's Club members and sponsors, more than 700 volunteers, plus over a dozen paid staff members. In addition to the Gator Bowl, the GBA has also coordinated other events. It hosted the ACC Championship Game from 2005 to 2007 and the River City Showdown, a neutral site game between the Florida State Seminoles and another team, in 2007 and 2008.[13]

In the early years of the bowl, from 1946–1952, it featured a team from the Southern Conference against an at-large opponent. Beginning with the 1953 game, it switched to generally featuring a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team against an at-large opponent. From 1953 to the 1975 game, at least one SEC team appeared in 20 out of the 24 games, and in three of those games, both teams were from the SEC. The games from 1976 to 1995 usually, but not always, involved a team from the southeastern United States against a team from another part of the country. Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) played in 10 of these 20 games.

From 1996–2006, the Gator Bowl traditionally hosted the second-place ACC team against the second-place Big East Conference team. With the 2007 game, the ACC runner-up became contractually tied to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Gator Bowl began hosting the third-place ACC team versus a team from either the Big East (still the conference's #2 team unless they qualified for the Bowl Championship Series), the Big 12 Conference, or the unaffiliated Notre Dame Fighting Irish (who would take the Big East's spot in this game). The contract, which ran for four years, was held in conjunction with the Sun Bowl, with the Gator Bowl receiving first choice of teams, and required both bowls to take Big East teams twice and Big 12 teams twice. Since the previous two Gator Bowls featured the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, both Big 12 teams, a Big East team or Notre Dame would play in the 2010 Gator Bowl per the terms of the contract (West Virginia lost to Florida State in this game).

The conference alignment changed again in 2010, as the Big East and Notre Dame moved their hybrid arrangement to the Champs Sports Bowl for 2010, while the Gator Bowl declined to renew its contract with the Big 12. The Gator Bowl would feature the SEC and the Big Ten Conference starting with the 2010 season, joining the Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl as the third Big Ten-SEC bowl matchup on New Year's Day.[14] Starting in 2015, the bowl returned to a hybrid arrangement for a six-year period, with SEC teams playing ACC teams for three years and Big Ten teams the other three years; the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are also eligible during ACC years.[10]

Of the 66 editions of the Gator Bowl, 38 have been between ranked opponents.

Media coverage

The longtime broadcaster of the game was ABC, which showed the game in prime time from 1974 through 1985. Turner Sports bought the rights to the game after the 1991 match-up and TBS became the home of the Gator Bowl for the next four years, moving back to a late December date. The game returned to New Year's Day after NBC bought the rights to the Gator Bowl in 1996. CBS Sports took over the television contract in 2007 and held the rights for four years. ESPN purchased the rights to the game following its 2010 playing and the 2011 Gator Bowl aired on ESPN2; with the acquisition of the Gator Bowl the ESPN family of networks became the home of every New Year's Day bowl game (the network already had the rights to the Outback, Capital One, and Rose bowls and acquired the rights to the TicketCity Bowl and the remainder of the BCS games).

Title sponsors

Mazda was the first title sponsor, beginning in 1986 and lasting for five years. Outback Steakhouse sponsored the Gator Bowl for three years beginning in 1992, prior to obtaining their own Outback Bowl held in Tampa, Florida. From 1996–2006, the title sponsor was Toyota. Konica Minolta then became the sponsor from 2007 to 2010.[15] On December 14, 2010, the Gator Bowl Association announced that Progressive Insurance would become the title sponsor for the 2011 Gator Bowl.[16] On September 1, 2011, GBA announced a multi-year title sponsorship deal with TaxSlayer.com.

Game results

All rankings are taken from the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date played Winning team Losing team
January 1, 1946(19) Wake Forest26South Carolina14
January 1, 1947(14) Oklahoma34(18) North Carolina State13
January 1, 1948[a 1]Georgia 20, Maryland 20
January 1, 1949(11) Clemson24Missouri23
January 2, 1950(14) Maryland20(20) Missouri7
January 1, 1951(12) Wyoming20(18) Washington & Lee7
January 1, 1952Miami (Florida)14(19) Clemson0
January 1, 1953(15) Florida14(12) Tulsa13
January 1, 1954(12) Texas Tech35(17) Auburn13
December 31, 1954(13) Auburn33(18) Baylor13
December 31, 1955(8) Vanderbilt25Auburn13
December 29, 1956(4) Georgia Tech21(13) Pittsburgh14
December 28, 1957(13) Tennessee3(9) Texas A&M0
December 27, 1958(11) Mississippi7(14) Florida3
January 2, 1960(9) Arkansas14Georgia Tech7
December 31, 1960(18) Florida13(12) Baylor12
December 30, 1961(17) Penn State30(13) Georgia Tech15
December 29, 1962Florida17(9) Penn State7
December 28, 1963North Carolina35Air Force0
January 2, 1965Florida State36Oklahoma19
December 31, 1965Georgia Tech31(10) Texas Tech21
December 31, 1966Tennessee18Syracuse12
December 30, 1967(10) Penn State 17, Florida State 17
December 28, 1968(16) Missouri35(12) Alabama10
December 27, 1969(15) Florida14(11) Tennessee13
January 2, 1971(10) Auburn35Mississippi28
December 31, 1971(6) Georgia7North Carolina3
December 30, 1972(6) Auburn24(13) Colorado3
December 29, 1973(11) Texas Tech28(20) Tennessee19
December 30, 1974(6) Auburn27(11) Texas3
December 29, 1975(17) Maryland13(13) Florida0
December 27, 1976(15) Notre Dame20(20) Penn State9
December 30, 1977(10) Pittsburgh34(11) Clemson3
December 29, 1978(7) Clemson17(20) Ohio State15
December 28, 1979North Carolina17(14) Michigan15
December 29, 1980(3) Pittsburgh37(18) South Carolina9
December 28, 1981(11) North Carolina31Arkansas27
December 30, 1982Florida State31(10) West Virginia12
December 30, 1983(11) Florida14(10) Iowa6
December 28, 1984(9) Oklahoma State21(7) South Carolina14
December 30, 1985(18) Florida State34(19) Oklahoma State23
December 27, 1986Clemson27(20) Stanford21
December 31, 1987(7) LSU30(9) South Carolina13
January 1, 1989(19) Georgia34Michigan State27
December 30, 1989(14) Clemson27(17) West Virginia7
January 1, 1991(12) Michigan35(15) Mississippi3
December 29, 1991(20) Oklahoma48(19) Virginia14
December 31, 1992(14) Florida27(12) North Carolina State10
December 31, 1993(18) Alabama24(12) North Carolina10
December 30, 1994[a 2]Tennessee45(17) Virginia Tech23
January 1, 1996Syracuse41(23) Clemson0
January 1, 1997(12) North Carolina20(25) West Virginia13
January 1, 1998(7) North Carolina42Virginia Tech3
January 1, 1999(12) Georgia Tech35(17) Notre Dame28
January 1, 2000(23) Miami (Florida)28(17) Georgia Tech13
January 1, 2001(6) Virginia Tech41(16) Clemson20
January 1, 2002(24) Florida State30(15) Virginia Tech17
January 1, 2003(17) North Carolina State28(11) Notre Dame6
January 1, 2004(23) Maryland41(20) West Virginia7
January 1, 2005(17) Florida State30West Virginia18
January 2, 2006(12) Virginia Tech35(15) Louisville24
January 1, 2007(13) West Virginia38Georgia Tech35
January 1, 2008Texas Tech31(21) Virginia28
January 1, 2009Nebraska26Clemson21
January 1, 2010 Florida State33(18) West Virginia21
January 1, 2011(21) Mississippi State 52Michigan14
January 2, 2012Florida 24Ohio State17
January 1, 2013(21) Northwestern 34Mississippi State20
January 1, 2014Nebraska 24(22) Georgia19
January 2, 2015Tennessee 45Iowa28
January 2, 2016Georgia24Penn State17
December 31, 2016Georgia Tech33Kentucky18
December 30, 2017(24) Mississippi State31Louisville27
  1. Venue was renamed Gator Bowl in 1948.
  2. The 1994 game was held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville due to renovations.

MVPs

From 1946 through 1952, a single MVP was named. Starting with the 1953 game, MVPs are named for each team; in several instances, co-MVPs have been named for a team.

Most Valuable Players
Date Played MVP Team Position   Ref
January 1, 1946Nick SacrintyWake ForestQB [17]
January 1, 1947Joe GoldingOklahomaHB [18]
January 1, 1948Lu GambinoMarylandHB [19]
January 1, 1949Bobby GageClemsonHB [20]
January 2, 1950Bob WardMarylandG [21]
January 1, 1951Eddie TalboomWyomingHB [22]
January 1, 1952Jim DooleyMiami (Florida)HB [23]
Date Played MVP Team Position MVP Team Position Ref
January 1, 1953John HallFloridaRBMarv MatuszakTulsaT[24]
January 1, 1954Bobby CavazosTexas TechRBVince DooleyAuburnQB[25]
December 31, 1954Joe ChildressAuburnFBBilly HooperBaylorQB[26]
December 31, 1955Don OrrVanderbiltQBJoe ChildressAuburnFB[27]
December 29, 1956Wade MitchellGeorgia TechQBCorny SalvaterraPittsburghQB[28]
December 28, 1957Bobby GordonTennesseeTBJohn David CrowTexas A&MHB[29]
December 27, 1958Bobby FranklinMississippiQBDave HudsonFloridaE[30]
January 2, 1960Jim MootyArkansasHBMaxie BaughanGeorgia TechLB[31]
December 31, 1960Larry LibertoreFloridaQBBobby PlyBaylorQB[32]
December 30, 1961Galen HallPenn StateQBJoe AuerGeorgia TechHB[33]
December 29, 1962Tom ShannonFloridaQBDave RobinsonPenn StateE[34]
December 28, 1963Ken WillardNorth CarolinaRBDavid SicksAir ForceC[35]
January 2, 1965Steve Tensi
Fred Biletnikoff
Florida StateQB
SE
Carl McAdamsOklahomaLB[36]
December 31, 1965Lenny SnowGeorgia TechTBDonny AndersonTexas TechRB[37]
December 31, 1966Dewey WarrenTennesseeQBFloyd LittleSyracuseHB[38]
December 30, 1967Kim HammondFlorida StateQBTom ShermanPenn StateQB[39]
December 28, 1968Terry McMillanMissouriQBMike HallAlabamaLB[40]
December 27, 1969Mike KelleyFloridaLBCurt WatsonTennesseeFB[41]
January 2, 1971Pat SullivanAuburnQBArchie ManningOle' MissQB[42]
December 31, 1971Jimmy PoulosGeorgiaTBJames WebsterNorth CarolinaLB[43]
December 30, 1972Wade WhatleyAuburnQBMark CooneyColoradoLB[44]
December 29, 1973Joe BarnesTexas TechQBHaskel StanbackTennesseeTB[45]
December 30, 1974Phil GargisAuburnQBEarl CampbellTexasRB[46]
December 29, 1975Steve AtkinsMarylandTBSammy GreenFloridaLB[47]
December 27, 1976Al HunterNotre DameHBJimmy CefaloPenn StateWR[48]
December 30, 1977Matt CavanaughPittsburghQBJerry ButlerClemsonSE[49]
December 29, 1978Steve FullerClemsonQBArt SchlichterOhio StateQB[50]
December 28, 1979Matt Kupec[n 1]
Amos Lawrence
North CarolinaQB
RB
John Wangler
Anthony Carter
MichiganQB
WR
[51][52]
December 29, 1980Rick TrocanoPittsburghQBGeorge RogersSouth CarolinaRB[53]
December 28, 1981Kelvin Bryant
Ethan Horton
North CarolinaTB
TB
Gary AndersonArkansasRB[54]
December 30, 1982Greg AllenFlorida StateTBPaul WoodsideWest VirginiaK
December 30, 1983Tony LillyFloridaSOwen GillIowaFB[55]
December 28, 1984Thurman ThomasOklahoma StateRBMike HoldSouth CarolinaQB[56]
December 30, 1985Chip FergusonFlorida StateQBThurman ThomasOklahoma StateRB[57]
December 27, 1986Rodney WilliamsClemsonQBBrad MusterStanfordRB[58]
December 31, 1987Wendell DavisLSUSEHarold GreenSouth CarolinaRB[59]
January 1, 1989Wayne JohnsonGeorgiaQBAndre RisonMichigan StateWR[60]
December 30, 1989Levon KirklandClemsonLBMike FoxWest VirginiaDT[61]
January 1, 1991Offensive Line[n 2]MichiganN/ATyrone AshleyMississippiDB[62]
December 29, 1991Cale GundyOklahomaQBTyrone DavisVirginiaDB[63]
December 31, 1992Errict RhettFloridaRBReggie LawrenceNorth Carolina StateWR[64]
December 31, 1993Brian BurgdorfAlabamaQBCorey HollidayNorth CarolinaWR[65]
December 30, 1994James StewartTennesseeTBMaurice DeShazoVirginia TechQB[66]
January 1, 1996Donovan McNabbSyracuseQBPeter FordClemsonCB[67]
January 1, 1997Oscar DavenportNorth CarolinaQBDavid SaundersWest VirginiaWR[68]
January 1, 1998Chris KeldorfNorth CarolinaQBNick SorensenVirginia TechQB[69]
January 1, 1999Dez White
Joe Hamilton
Georgia TechWR
QB
Autry DensonNotre DameRB[70]
January 1, 2000Nate WebsterMiami (Florida)LBJoe HamiltonGeorgia TechQB[71]
January 1, 2001Michael VickVirginia TechQBRod GardnerClemsonWR
January 1, 2002Javon WalkerFlorida StateWRAndré DavisVirginia TechWR[72]
January 1, 2003Philip RiversNorth Carolina StateQBCedric HillardNotre DameNG[73]
January 1, 2004Scott McBrienMarylandQBBrian KingWest VirginiaDB[74]
January 1, 2005Leon WashingtonFlorida StateRBKay-Jay HarrisWest VirginiaRB[75]
January 2, 2006Cedric HumesVirginia TechRBHunter CantwellLouisvilleQB[76]
January 1, 2007Pat WhiteWest VirginiaQBCalvin JohnsonGeorgia TechWR[77]
January 1, 2008Graham HarrellTexas TechQBChris Long[n 3]VirginiaDE[78]
January 1, 2009Joe GanzNebraskaQBDaQuan BowersClemsonDE[79]
January 1, 2010EJ ManuelFlorida StateQBNoel DevineWest VirginiaHB[80]
January 1, 2011Chris RelfMississippi StateQBDenard RobinsonMichiganQB[81]
January 2, 2012Andre DeboseFloridaWREtienne SabinoOhio StateLB[82]
January 1, 2013Jared CarpenterNorthwesternSNickoe WhitleyMississippi StateDB[83]
January 1, 2014Quincy EnunwaNebraskaWRTodd GurleyGeorgiaTB[84]
January 2, 2015Joshua DobbsTennesseeQBJosey JewellIowaLB[85]
January 2, 2016Terry GodwinGeorgiaWRTrace McSorleyPenn StateQB[86]
December 31, 2016Dedrick MillsGeorgia TechRBStephen Johnson IIKentuckyQB
December 30, 2017Mark McLaurinMississippi StateSLamar JacksonLouisvilleQB[87]
  1. The bowl's official site omits Kupec as co-MVP for North Carolina in the 1979 game.
  2. Michigan's offensive linemen in the January 1991 game were Tom Dohring, Matt Elliott, Steve Everitt, Dean Dingman, and Greg Skrepenak.
  3. Other sources list Mikell Simpson, who rushed for 170 yards, as the Virginia MVP for the 2008 game.

Most appearances

Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.

Gator Bowl Hall of Fame

The Gator Bowl created a Hall of Fame in 1989, and admits new members annually. From 1989 through 2013, a total of 82 people connected with the bowl were inducted. With the bowl's name change in 2014, it appears inductions were suspended for two years, then resumed in 2016.

YearInducteesRef.
1989Dan Devine, Ray Graves, Ralph Jordan, Floyd Little, Archie Manning, Bobby Dodd[88]
1990Vince Dooley, Bobby Gage, Frank Howard, Pat Sullivan, Bob Woodruff, George R. Olsen
1991Wally Butts, Bill Peterson, Ron Sellers, Ken Willard
1992Maxie Baughan, Lu Gambino, Don Faurot, Johnny Vaught
1993DeWitt Weaver, Tom Shannon, Joe Childress
1994Doug Dickey, Rip Engle, Larry Libertore, Jr.
1995Fred Biletnikoff, Frank Broyles, Nicholas Sacrinty, Richard Stratton, Steve Tensi
1996Dave Robinson, Wade Mitchell, Jim Dooley, Dick Crum
1997Judge John "Papa" Hall, Gene Stallings, Kim Hammond, John F. Lanahan
1998Ross Browner, James Stewart, Danny Ford
1999Jack Bush, Walter C. Dunbar, Jay Solomon
2000Joe Paterno, Terry McMillan, Bob Bradley
2001John David Crow, Don Nehlen, Carlisle Jones
2002W. W. "Bill" Gay, Jackie Sherrill, Hugh Green
2003Donny Anderson, Rodney Hampton, Ash Verlander
2004Chip Ferguson, Bill Nimnicht, Jr., Steve Spurrier, Greg Allen
2005Desmond Howard, Peter Kirill, Sr., Peahead Walker
2006Dave Braine, Carl Cannon
2007Don Davis, George Rogers, Bear Bryant[89]
2008Errict Rhett, Wendell Davis[90]
2009Wilford C. Lyon, Jr, Gary Pajcic, Bob Golic[91]
2010Bobby Bowden, Mike Tranghese[92]
2011Pat Jones, Anthony Carter, Bill Nimnicht Sr.[93]
2012Corky Rogers, Donald Orr[94]
2013Donovin Darius[95]
2014no inductees
2015no inductees
2016Frank Beamer, Tom Shouvlin[96]
2017Leon Washington[97]

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