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The 2000 Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game following the 1999–2000 football season. The game matched the Michigan State Spartans against the Florida Gators.

2000 Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl
1234 Total
Michigan State 317611 37
Florida 71467 34
DateJanuary 1, 2000
Season1999
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPPlaxico Burress (Michigan State WR)
RefereeCourtney Mauzy (ACC)
Attendance62,011
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersBrent Musburger, Gary Danielson, Jack Arute
Florida Citrus Bowl
 < 1999  2001

Michigan State came into the game with interim coach Bobby Williams, who took over on December 5, five days after Nick Saban departed to take over the Louisiana State program.

Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress caught a career-high 13 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Paul Edinger kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to lead the ninth-ranked Spartans to a 37-34 victory over the No. 10 Gators. Williams was later hired as the head coach of the Spartans.

Contents

Scoring summaryEdit

1st quarterEdit

2nd quarterEdit

  • Michigan State – Plaxico Burress 37 pass from Bill Burke (Paul Edinger kick) 13:24 left. MSU 10 UF 7
  • Michigan State – T.J. Turner 24-yard fumble recovery (Paul Edinger kick) 12:44 left. MSU 17 UF 7
  • Florida – Travis Taylor 8-yard pass from Doug Johnson (Jeff Chandler kick) 8:12 left. MSU 17 UF 14
  • Michigan State – Paul Edinger 20-yard field goal 3:09 left. MSU 20 UF 14
  • Florida – Doug Johnson 1-yard run (Jeff Chandler kick) 0:33 left. UF 21 MSU 20

3rd quarterEdit

  • Michigan State – Plaxico Burress 21-yard pass from Bill Burke (2-pt conversion failed) 1:10 left. MSU 26 UF 21
  • Florida – Travis Taylor 39-yard pass from Doug Johnson (2-pt conversion failed) 0:03 left. UF 27 MSU 26

4th quarterEdit

  • Florida – Robert Gillespie 2-yard run (Jeff Chandler kick) 13:27 left. UF 34 MSU 26
  • Michigan State – Plaxico Burress 30-yard pass from Bill Burke (Gari Scott pass from Bill Burke) 10:46 left. MSU 34 UF 34
  • Michigan State – Paul Edinger 39-yard field goal 0:00 left. MSU 37 UF 34

StatisticsEdit

Statistics Michigan State Florida
First Downs 25 27
Rushing Yards 143 67
Passing Yards 257 300
Total Yards 400 367
Punt Return Yards 13 0
Kickoff Return Yards 132 118
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 35-21-2 51-25-0
Punts-Average 3-43.3 6-35.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-2
Penalties-Yards 7-80 10-100

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