2008 Outback Bowl
|2008 Outback Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 2008|
|Stadium||Raymond James Stadium|
|MVP||Erik Ainge (Tennessee QB)|
|Favorite||Tennessee by 4|
|Payout||US$3 million per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman|
As is the case every year, the opposing teams are from the Big Ten Conference (Wisconsin) and Southeastern Conference (Tennessee). The Volunteers were runners-up in the SEC, having lost to LSU, 21–14, in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia on December 1. The Badgers were trying for a second straight 10-win season under head coach Bret Bielema.
Tennessee won, 21–17. Wisconsin had a chance to win the game in the final minute, but Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan was intercepted on a desperation pass, sealing a Volunteers win. Game MVP Erik Ainge completed 25 of his 43 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill ran the ball 16 times for 132 yards.
1 TEN TD 3 yd run by Gerald Jones (Daniel Lincoln Kick good) 7-0 TEN
1 WIS TD 6 yd run by Tyler Donovan (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick good) 7-7 Tie
2 TEN TD Josh Briscoe 29 yd pass from Erik Ainge (Lincoln Kick) 14-7 TEN
2 WIS TD Andy Crooks 4 yd pass from Tyler Donovan (Mehlhaff Kick) 21-14 TEN
3 WIS FG Taylor Mehlhaff 27 yards 21-17 TEN
This would prove to be Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's final bowl game with the Vols as the following season, he would resign as head coach of the Vols.
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