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Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early. Tickets to the game are $80 each (plus Ticketmaster service charge). Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster at
For information on priority seating through a bowl membership package call the Outback Bowl office directly at (813) 874-BOWL or go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com for details.
The past four games have been decided in overtime or in the final minute. Last year’s game featured
The Outback Bowl will host its 28th game this season. The Bowl attracts an average of 40,000 out of market visitors from more than 40 states each year and has contributed more than $100 million to universities over its history. It has also generated an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the
(via Outback Bowl Communications) - Outback Bowl officials have extended its contract with the Southeastern Conference for six additional years through the January 2020 Bowl game. The agreement extends an 18-year relationship with the conference to play in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium where they will face a team from the Big Ten Conference. As part of the new agreements, the Outback Bowl will continue its New Year’s Day tradition where it has been the past 25 years.
“The Outback Bowl has a rich history with strong ties to the SEC and we are pleased to continue this relationship with such an outstanding post-season game,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The Tampa Bay area offers a great destination for our schools and their fans and we are excited to continue our relationship.
“We are extremely happy to announce the extension of our relationship with the Southeastern Conference for six additional years after the upcoming game,” noted Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. “We look forward to continuing this exciting match-up of the SEC and Big Ten, two of the most outstanding conferences in college football. We truly appreciate our partnership with Commissioner Slive and the Athletic Directors and Presidents of the Southeastern Conference universities.”
Officials have previously announced six-year extensions with title sponsor Outback Steakhouse and the Big Ten Conference.
The Outback Bowl has hosted an SEC vs Big Ten match-up in its game the past 18 years, and 20 years in all, during its 27-year history. The SEC holds a 12-8 advantage in those games, though they lead just 6-5 the past 11 years. The past four games were each decided in the final minute or overtime.
The 2014 Outback Bowl will kickoff at 1 P.M. on January 1st. Special priority seating Membership packages can be purchased directly through the Outback Bowl office by calling (813) 874-BOWL. Non-membership tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster in September. For more information go to www.outbackbowl.com
By: Dory LeBlanc
In a game that pitted the SEC against its conference nemesis the Big 10, the #18 Michigan Wolverines were unable to hang on to a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter and fell to the #10 South Carolina Gamecocks 33-28.
South Carolina jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead in the first quarter after junior quarterback Connor Shaw unleashed a 56-yard pass to Damiere Byrd with just over a minute and a half into the game. Michigan fired back with a 39-yard field goal halfway through the opening quarter, but a 63-yard punt return by Ace Sanders put the Gamecocks up 14-3 with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
Michigan QB Devin Gardner found a wide open Drew Dileo for a five yard touchdown on third-and-three in the opening drive of the second quarter to pull within four of the Gamecocks, 14-10.
South Carolina answered on their following drive with a four-yard TD pass from QB Dylan Thompson to Ace Sanders, a Bradenton native, to extend the Gamecock lead to 21-10.
The scoring came to a stalemate until the third quarter when Matt Wile kicked a 52-yard field goal to give the Wolverines three more points with four minutes expired in the second half.
Michigan then took the lead for the first time of the game as Gardner hit Jeremy Gallon for a 10-yard touchdown towards the end of the third quarter to make it 22-21.
With a heavy Maize and Blue crowd at Raymond James Stadium behind them, the Wolverines' offensive line was able to hold off a fierce South Carolina pass rush led by sophomore Jadeveon Clowney throughout much of the game until the fourth quarter when the Hendricks Award (given to the nation's best defensive end) winner delivered one of the most fierce hits in college football this year on UM's Vincent Smith, which sent the running back eight yards backwards, without the ball and his helmet.
Clowney recovered the ball, which put South Carolina on the Michigan 31. On the ensuing play, SC QB Connor Shaw found Sanders for a TD - which gave the Gamecocks a 27-22 lead.
The Wolverines regained the lead on the next possesion after Gardner found Gallon again - this time for 17 yards. The two-point conversion failed, however, with four minutes left.
With 3:29 on the game clock, the Gamecocks, using both Shaw and Thompson at quarterback in the series, marched down the field 70 yards to cap off the drive with a 32 yard TD pass from Thompson to Bruce Ellington. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but with 11 seconds left in the contest and down by five, Michigan needed a touchdown for the win.
Starting at the Michigan 32, Gardner had time for one attempt which went awry as his arm was hit as he tried to throw the ball, sealing the victory for South Carolina.