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. The game was originally played at Gator Bowl Stadium through the December 1993 game. The December 1994 game was played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville after the namesake stadium was demolished to make way for a replacement venue, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. That venue, now known as TIAA Bank Field, has been home to the Gator Bowl since the January 1996 game.
|TaxSlayer Gator Bowl|
|Stadium||TIAA Bank Field|
|Previous stadiums||Gator Bowl Stadium (1946–1993)|
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (1994)
|Previous locations||Gainesville, Florida (1994)|
|Conference tie-ins||SEC, Big Ten, ACC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||Southern (1946–52)|
SEC (1953–75, 1992–94)
Big East (1996–2010)
Big 12 (2006–10)
Notre Dame (2006–10)
|Payout||US$5,350,000 (2019 season)|
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 (2014–17)
|Texas A&M vs. NC State (Texas A&M 52–13)|
|2019 season matchup|
|Tennessee vs. Indiana (Tennessee 23–22)|
The game has been sponsored by TaxSlayer.com since 2012, and starting with the 2018 edition is officially known as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. From 2015 to 2017, it was officially referred to as simply the TaxSlayer Bowl. Previous sponsors include Progressive Insurance (2011), Konica Minolta (2008–10), Toyota (1995–2007), Outback Steakhouse (1992–94), and Mazda (1986–91).
- 1 History
- 2 Venues
- 3 Organization
- 4 Teams typically featured
- 5 Title sponsors
- 6 Game results
- 7 MVPs
- 8 Most appearances
- 9 Appearances by conference
- 10 Gator Bowl Hall of Fame
- 11 Game records
- 12 Media coverage
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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 matchup 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.
Hotel Roosevelt fire in 1963Edit
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. 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.
Woody Hayes incident in 1978Edit
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.
Bowden's Last Stand in 2010Edit
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, 13 ACC championships, and had a 14-year streak of top five finishes during that time. A record crowd of over 84,000 people  witnessed Bowden being carried off the field after a 33–21 Florida State victory.
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. A new logo was released on April 3, 2014. For the December 2018 contest, "Gator" was reinstated in the name for the first time since 2015, with the bowl being called the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
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. That stadium hosted the game through 1993, when it was almost completely demolished for the construction of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on the same site. During construction, the December 1994 game was played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The January 1996 game, and all subsequent games to date, have been held at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, currently known as TIAA Bank Field.
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.
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.
Teams typically featuredEdit
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 ten 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. 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.
Through 74 playings (the 2018 edition), 38 have been contested with both teams ranked (per the AP Poll), most recently the 2006 edition. The highest ranked team to appear was No. 3 Pittsburgh in the 1980 edition.
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. On December 14, 2010, the Gator Bowl Association announced that Progressive Insurance would become the title sponsor for the 2011 Gator Bowl. On September 1, 2011, GBA announced a multi-year title sponsorship deal with TaxSlayer.com.
All rankings are taken from the AP Poll prior to the game being played. Italics denote a tie game.
|Date played||Bowl name||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.|
|January 1, 1946||Gator Bowl||#19 Wake Forest||26||South Carolina||14||7,362|
|January 1, 1947||Gator Bowl||#14 Oklahoma||34||#18 NC State||13||10,134|
|January 1, 1948||Gator Bowl [n 1]||Georgia||20||Maryland||20||16,666|
|January 1, 1949||Gator Bowl||#11 Clemson||24||Missouri||23||32,939|
|January 2, 1950||Gator Bowl||#14 Maryland||20||#20 Missouri||7||18,409|
|January 1, 1951||Gator Bowl||#12 Wyoming||20||#18 Washington & Lee||7||7,362|
|January 1, 1952||Gator Bowl||Miami (Florida)||14||#19 Clemson||0||34,577|
|January 1, 1953||Gator Bowl||#15 Florida||14||#12 Tulsa||13||28,340|
|January 1, 1954||Gator Bowl||#12 Texas Tech||35||#17 Auburn||13||28,641|
|December 31, 1954||Gator Bowl||#13 Auburn||33||#18 Baylor||13||28,426|
|December 31, 1955||Gator Bowl||#8 Vanderbilt||25||Auburn||13||32,174|
|December 29, 1956||Gator Bowl||#4 Georgia Tech||21||#13 Pittsburgh||14||32,256|
|December 28, 1957||Gator Bowl||#13 Tennessee||3||#9 Texas A&M||0||41,160|
|December 27, 1958||Gator Bowl||#11 Ole Miss||7||#14 Florida||3||41,312|
|January 2, 1960||Gator Bowl||#9 Arkansas||14||Georgia Tech||7||45,104|
|December 31, 1960||Gator Bowl||#18 Florida||13||#12 Baylor||12||50,122|
|December 30, 1961||Gator Bowl||#17 Penn State||30||#13 Georgia Tech||15||50,202|
|December 29, 1962||Gator Bowl||Florida||17||#9 Penn State||7||50,026|
|December 28, 1963||Gator Bowl||North Carolina||35||Air Force||0||50,018|
|January 2, 1965||Gator Bowl||Florida State||36||Oklahoma||19||50,408|
|December 31, 1965||Gator Bowl||Georgia Tech||31||#10 Texas Tech||21||60,127|
|December 31, 1966||Gator Bowl||Tennessee||18||Syracuse||12||60,312|
|December 30, 1967||Gator Bowl||#10 Penn State||17||Florida State||17||68,019|
|December 28, 1968||Gator Bowl||#16 Missouri||35||#12 Alabama||10||68,011|
|December 27, 1969||Gator Bowl||#15 Florida||14||#11 Tennessee||13||72,248|
|January 2, 1971||Gator Bowl||#10 Auburn||35||Ole Miss||28||71,136|
|December 31, 1971||Gator Bowl||#6 Georgia||7||North Carolina||3||71,208|
|December 30, 1972||Gator Bowl||#6 Auburn||24||#13 Colorado||3||71,214|
|December 29, 1973||Gator Bowl||#11 Texas Tech||28||#20 Tennessee||19||62,109|
|December 30, 1974||Gator Bowl||#6 Auburn||27||#11 Texas||3||63,811|
|December 29, 1975||Gator Bowl||#17 Maryland||13||#13 Florida||0||64,012|
|December 27, 1976||Gator Bowl||#15 Notre Dame||20||#20 Penn State||9||67,837|
|December 30, 1977||Gator Bowl||#10 Pittsburgh||34||#11 Clemson||3||72,289|
|December 29, 1978||Gator Bowl||#7 Clemson||17||#20 Ohio State||15||72,011|
|December 28, 1979||Gator Bowl||North Carolina||17||#14 Michigan||15||70,407|
|December 29, 1980||Gator Bowl||#3 Pittsburgh||37||#18 South Carolina||9||72,297|
|December 28, 1981||Gator Bowl||#11 North Carolina||31||Arkansas||27||71,009|
|December 30, 1982||Gator Bowl||Florida State||31||#10 West Virginia||12||80,913|
|December 30, 1983||Gator Bowl||#11 Florida||14||#10 Iowa||6||81,293|
|December 28, 1984||Gator Bowl||#9 Oklahoma State||21||#7 South Carolina||14||82,138|
|December 30, 1985||Gator Bowl||#18 Florida State||34||#19 Oklahoma State||23||79,417|
|December 27, 1986||Gator Bowl||Clemson||27||#20 Stanford||21||80,104|
|December 31, 1987||Gator Bowl||#7 LSU||30||#9 South Carolina||13||82,119|
|January 1, 1989||Gator Bowl||#19 Georgia||34||Michigan State||27||76,236|
|December 30, 1989||Gator Bowl||#14 Clemson||27||#17 West Virginia||7||82,911|
|January 1, 1991||Gator Bowl||#12 Michigan||35||#15 Ole Miss||3||68,297|
|December 29, 1991||Gator Bowl||#20 Oklahoma||48||#19 Virginia||14||62,003|
|December 31, 1992||Gator Bowl||#14 Florida||27||#12 NC State||10||71,233|
|December 31, 1993||Gator Bowl||#18 Alabama||24||#12 North Carolina||10||67,205|
|December 30, 1994||Gator Bowl [n 2]||Tennessee||45||#17 Virginia Tech||23||62,200|
|January 1, 1996||Gator Bowl [n 3]||Syracuse||41||#23 Clemson||0||67,940|
|January 1, 1997||Gator Bowl||#12 North Carolina||20||#25 West Virginia||13||52,103|
|January 1, 1998||Gator Bowl||#7 North Carolina||42||Virginia Tech||3||54,116|
|January 1, 1999||Gator Bowl||#12 Georgia Tech||35||#17 Notre Dame||28||70,791|
|January 1, 2000||Gator Bowl||#23 Miami (Florida)||28||#17 Georgia Tech||13||43,416|
|January 1, 2001||Gator Bowl||#6 Virginia Tech||41||#16 Clemson||20||68,741|
|January 1, 2002||Gator Bowl||#24 Florida State||30||#15 Virginia Tech||17||72,202|
|January 1, 2003||Gator Bowl||#17 NC State||28||#11 Notre Dame||6||73,491|
|January 1, 2004||Gator Bowl||#23 Maryland||41||#20 West Virginia||7||78,891|
|January 1, 2005||Gator Bowl||#17 Florida State||30||West Virginia||18||70,112|
|January 2, 2006||Gator Bowl||#12 Virginia Tech||35||#15 Louisville||24||63,780|
|January 1, 2007||Gator Bowl||#13 West Virginia||38||Georgia Tech||35||67,714|
|January 1, 2008||Gator Bowl||Texas Tech||31||#21 Virginia||28||60,243|
|January 1, 2009||Gator Bowl||Nebraska||26||Clemson||21||67,232|
|January 1, 2010||Gator Bowl||Florida State||33||#18 West Virginia||21||84,129|
|January 1, 2011||Gator Bowl||#21 Mississippi State||52||Michigan||14||68,325|
|January 2, 2012||Gator Bowl||Florida||24||Ohio State||17||61,312|
|January 1, 2013||Gator Bowl||#21 Northwestern||34||Mississippi State||20||60,712|
|January 1, 2014||Gator Bowl||Nebraska||24||#22 Georgia||19||60,712|
|January 2, 2015||TaxSlayer Bowl||Tennessee||45||Iowa||28||56,310|
|January 2, 2016||TaxSlayer Bowl||Georgia||24||Penn State||17||58,212|
|December 31, 2016||TaxSlayer Bowl||Georgia Tech||33||Kentucky||18||43,102|
|December 30, 2017||TaxSlayer Bowl||#24 Mississippi State||31||Louisville||27||41,310|
|December 31, 2018||Gator Bowl||#21 Texas A&M||52||NC State||13||38,206|
|January 2, 2020||Gator Bowl||Tennessee||23||Indiana||22||61,789|
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|
|January 1, 1946||Nick Sacrinty||Wake Forest||QB|||
|January 1, 1947||Joe Golding||Oklahoma||HB|||
|January 1, 1948||Lu Gambino||Maryland||HB|||
|January 1, 1949||Bobby Gage||Clemson||HB|||
|January 2, 1950||Bob Ward||Maryland||G|||
|January 1, 1951||Eddie Talboom||Wyoming||HB|||
|January 1, 1952||Jim Dooley||Miami (Florida)||HB|||
|January 1, 1953||John Hall||Florida||RB||Marv Matuszak||Tulsa||T|||
|January 1, 1954||Bobby Cavazos||Texas Tech||RB||Vince Dooley||Auburn||QB|||
|December 31, 1954||Joe Childress||Auburn||FB||Billy Hooper||Baylor||QB|||
|December 31, 1955||Don Orr||Vanderbilt||QB||Joe Childress||Auburn||FB|||
|December 29, 1956||Wade Mitchell||Georgia Tech||QB||Corny Salvaterra||Pittsburgh||QB|||
|December 28, 1957||Bobby Gordon||Tennessee||TB||John David Crow||Texas A&M||HB|||
|December 27, 1958||Bobby Franklin||Ole Miss||QB||Dave Hudson||Florida||E|||
|January 2, 1960||Jim Mooty||Arkansas||HB||Maxie Baughan||Georgia Tech||LB|||
|December 31, 1960||Larry Libertore||Florida||QB||Bobby Ply||Baylor||QB|||
|December 30, 1961||Galen Hall||Penn State||QB||Joe Auer||Georgia Tech||HB|||
|December 29, 1962||Tom Shannon||Florida||QB||Dave Robinson||Penn State||E|||
|December 28, 1963||Ken Willard||North Carolina||RB||David Sicks||Air Force||C|||
|January 2, 1965||Steve Tensi
|December 31, 1965||Lenny Snow||Georgia Tech||TB||Donny Anderson||Texas Tech||RB|||
|December 31, 1966||Dewey Warren||Tennessee||QB||Floyd Little||Syracuse||HB|||
|December 30, 1967||Kim Hammond||Florida State||QB||Tom Sherman||Penn State||QB|||
|December 28, 1968||Terry McMillan||Missouri||QB||Mike Hall||Alabama||LB|||
|December 27, 1969||Mike Kelley||Florida||LB||Curt Watson||Tennessee||FB|||
|January 2, 1971||Pat Sullivan||Auburn||QB||Archie Manning||Ole Miss||QB|||
|December 31, 1971||Jimmy Poulos||Georgia||TB||James Webster||North Carolina||LB|||
|December 30, 1972||Wade Whatley||Auburn||QB||Mark Cooney||Colorado||LB|||
|December 29, 1973||Joe Barnes||Texas Tech||QB||Haskel Stanback||Tennessee||TB|||
|December 30, 1974||Phil Gargis||Auburn||QB||Earl Campbell||Texas||RB|||
|December 29, 1975||Steve Atkins||Maryland||TB||Sammy Green||Florida||LB|||
|December 27, 1976||Al Hunter||Notre Dame||HB||Jimmy Cefalo||Penn State||WR|||
|December 30, 1977||Matt Cavanaugh||Pittsburgh||QB||Jerry Butler||Clemson||SE|||
|December 29, 1978||Steve Fuller||Clemson||QB||Art Schlichter||Ohio State||QB|||
|December 28, 1979||Matt Kupec[n 1]
|December 29, 1980||Rick Trocano||Pittsburgh||QB||George Rogers||South Carolina||RB|||
|December 28, 1981||Kelvin Bryant
|December 30, 1982||Greg Allen||Florida State||TB||Paul Woodside||West Virginia||K|||
|December 30, 1983||Tony Lilly||Florida||S||Owen Gill||Iowa||FB|||
|December 28, 1984||Thurman Thomas||Oklahoma State||RB||Mike Hold||South Carolina||QB|||
|December 30, 1985||Chip Ferguson||Florida State||QB||Thurman Thomas||Oklahoma State||RB|||
|December 27, 1986||Rodney Williams||Clemson||QB||Brad Muster||Stanford||RB|||
|December 31, 1987||Wendell Davis||LSU||SE||Harold Green||South Carolina||RB|||
|January 1, 1989||Wayne Johnson||Georgia||QB||Andre Rison||Michigan State||WR|||
|December 30, 1989||Levon Kirkland||Clemson||LB||Mike Fox||West Virginia||DT|||
|January 1, 1991||Offensive Line[n 2]||Michigan||N/A||Tyrone Ashley||Ole Miss||DB|||
|December 29, 1991||Cale Gundy||Oklahoma||QB||Tyrone Davis||Virginia||DB|||
|December 31, 1992||Errict Rhett||Florida||RB||Reggie Lawrence||North Carolina State||WR|||
|December 31, 1993||Brian Burgdorf||Alabama||QB||Corey Holliday||North Carolina||WR|||
|December 30, 1994||James Stewart||Tennessee||TB||Maurice DeShazo||Virginia Tech||QB|||
|January 1, 1996||Donovan McNabb||Syracuse||QB||Peter Ford||Clemson||CB|||
|January 1, 1997||Oscar Davenport||North Carolina||QB||David Saunders||West Virginia||WR|||
|January 1, 1998||Chris Keldorf||North Carolina||QB||Nick Sorensen||Virginia Tech||QB|||
|January 1, 1999||Dez White
|Autry Denson||Notre Dame||RB|||
|January 1, 2000||Nate Webster||Miami (Florida)||LB||Joe Hamilton||Georgia Tech||QB|||
|January 1, 2001||Michael Vick||Virginia Tech||QB||Rod Gardner||Clemson||WR|||
|January 1, 2002||Javon Walker||Florida State||WR||André Davis||Virginia Tech||WR|||
|January 1, 2003||Philip Rivers||North Carolina State||QB||Cedric Hillard||Notre Dame||NG|||
|January 1, 2004||Scott McBrien||Maryland||QB||Brian King||West Virginia||DB|||
|January 1, 2005||Leon Washington||Florida State||RB||Kay-Jay Harris||West Virginia||RB|||
|January 2, 2006||Cedric Humes||Virginia Tech||RB||Hunter Cantwell||Louisville||QB|||
|January 1, 2007||Pat White||West Virginia||QB||Calvin Johnson||Georgia Tech||WR|||
|January 1, 2008||Graham Harrell||Texas Tech||QB||Chris Long[n 3]||Virginia||DE|||
|January 1, 2009||Joe Ganz||Nebraska||QB||DaQuan Bowers||Clemson||DE|||
|January 1, 2010||EJ Manuel||Florida State||QB||Noel Devine||West Virginia||HB|||
|January 1, 2011||Chris Relf||Mississippi State||QB||Denard Robinson||Michigan||QB|||
|January 2, 2012||Andre Debose||Florida||WR||Etienne Sabino||Ohio State||LB|||
|January 1, 2013||Jared Carpenter||Northwestern||S||Nickoe Whitley||Mississippi State||DB|||
|January 1, 2014||Quincy Enunwa||Nebraska||WR||Todd Gurley||Georgia||TB|||
|January 2, 2015||Joshua Dobbs||Tennessee||QB||Josey Jewell||Iowa||LB|||
|January 2, 2016||Terry Godwin||Georgia||WR||Trace McSorley||Penn State||QB|||
|December 31, 2016||Dedrick Mills||Georgia Tech||RB||Stephen Johnson II||Kentucky||QB|||
|December 30, 2017||Mark McLaurin||Mississippi State||S||Lamar Jackson||Louisville||QB|||
|December 31, 2018||Trayveon Williams||Texas A&M||RB||Ryan Finley||NC State||QB|||
|January 2, 2020||Eric Gray||Tennessee||RB||Peyton Ramsey||Indiana||QB|||
- The bowl's official site omits Kupec as co-MVP for North Carolina in the 1979 game.
- Michigan's offensive linemen in the January 1991 game were Tom Dohring, Matt Elliott, Steve Everitt, Dean Dingman, and Greg Skrepenak.
- Other sources list Mikell Simpson, who rushed for 170 yards, as the Virginia MVP for the 2008 game.
Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the January 2020 edition (75 games, 150 appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|SEC||42||27||14||1||.655||1952*, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1970*, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988*, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2010*, 2011*, 2014*, 2015*, 2017, 2018, 2019*||1953*, 1955, 1958, 1959*, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1970*, 1973, 1975, 1990, 2012*, 2013*, 2016||1947*|
|ACC||30||17||13||0||.567||1963, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1989, 1996*, 1997*, 1998*, 2001*, 2002*, 2003*, 2004*, 2005*, 2009*, 2016||1971, 1977, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995*, 1999*, 2000*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2017, 2018|
|Independents||23||9||12||2||.435||1951*, 1961, 1964*, 1965, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1985||1956, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1998*, 2002*||1967, 1967|
|Big East||12||4||8||0||.333||1995*, 1999*, 2000*, 2006*||1994, 1996*, 1997*, 2001*, 2003*, 2004*, 2005*, 2009*|
|Big Ten||12||3||9||0||.250||1990, 2012*, 2013*||1978, 1979, 1983, 1988*, 2010*, 2011*, 2014*, 2015*, 2019*|
|Big Eight||9||4||5||0||.444||1946*, 1968, 1984, 1991||1948*, 1949*, 1964*, 1972, 1985|
|SoCon||8||3||4||1||.438||1945*, 1948*, 1949*||1945*, 1946*, 1950*, 1951*||1947*|
|SWC||8||2||6||0||.250||1959*, 1973||1954, 1957, 1960, 1965, 1974, 1981|
|Big 12||2||2||0||0||1.000||2007*, 2008*|
- Games marked with an asterisk (*) were played in January of the following calendar year.
- Records reflect conference affiliations at the time each game was played.[a]
- Conferences that are defunct or no longer active in FBS are marked in italics.
- The Big Eight's record includes appearances when the conference was known as the Big Six and Big Seven.
- Big East teams made 12 appearances and were 4–8; the American Athletic Conference (The American) retains the conference charter following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines.
- Two teams from the same conference have met five times: 1945*, 1955, 1958, 1969, and 1970*. The first instance was SoCon teams, while the others have been SEC teams.
- Two independent teams have met four times: 1967, 1976, 1980, and 1982.
- Independent appearances (23): Air Force (1963), Florida State (1964*, 1967, 1982, 1985), Georgia Tech (1965), Miami (FL) (1951*), Notre Dame (1976, 1998*, 2002*), Penn State (1961, 1962, 1967, 1976), Pittsburgh (1956, 1977, 1980), South Carolina (1980, 1984, 1987), Syracuse (1966), and West Virginia (1982, 1989).
Gator Bowl Hall of FameEdit
The Gator Bowl created a Hall of Fame in 1989; new members were announced annually through 2013, with a total of 82 inductees at that time. After 2013, additions have occurred intermittently.
75th Anniversary All Gator Bowl TeamEdit
In September 2019, bowl organizers announced an All Gator Bowl Team, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary game, played in January 2020.
|Archie Manning||QB||Mississippi||No. 26||Ed Reed||DB||Miami||No. 55|
|Floyd Little||RB||Syracuse||No. 22||Tony Lilly||DB||Florida||No. 39|
|Larry Csonka||FB||Syracuse||No. 22||Hugh Green||DE||Pittsburgh||No. 36|
|Fred Biletnikoff||WR||Florida State||No. 20||Jack Youngblood||DE||Florida||No. 25|
|Andre Rison||WR||Michigan State||No. 44||Wilber Marshall||LB||Florida||No. 39|
|Ken MacAfee||TE||Notre Dame||No. 32||Donovin Darius||DB||Syracuse||No. 51|
|Mark May||T||Pittsburgh||No. 36||Mark McLaurin||DB||Mississippi State||No. 73|
|Greg Skrepenak||T||Michigan||No. 46||Matt Millen||DT||Penn State||No. 32|
|Dean Dingman||G||Michigan||No. 46||Ndamukong Suh||DT||Nebraska||No. 64|
|Zeke Smith||G||Auburn||No. 11||Ryan Shazier||LB||Ohio State||No. 67|
|Maxie Baughan||C||Georgia Tech||No. 15||Lawrence Taylor||LB||North Carolina||No. 35|
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||52, shared by:
Mississippi State vs. Michigan
Texas A&M vs. NC State
|Most points scored (losing team)||35, Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia||2007|
|Most points scored (both teams)||73, West Virginia (38) vs. Georgia Tech (35)||2007|
|Fewest points allowed||0, most recently:
Syracuse vs. Clemson
|Largest margin of victory||41, Syracuse (41) vs. Clemson (0)||1996|
|Rushing yards||423, Auburn vs. Baylor||Dec. 1954|
|Passing yards||407, Texas Tech vs. Virginia||2008|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||45, Missouri vs. Alabama||1968|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||0, Alabama vs. Missouri||1968|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdowns (overall)||4, shared by:
Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State vs. Oklahoma
James Stewart, Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech
|Rushing yards||236, Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M vs. NC State||2018|
|Rushing touchdowns||3, shared by six players, most recent:
Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech vs. Clemson
|Passing yards||407, Graham Harrell, Texas Tech vs. Virginia||2008|
|Passing touchdowns||5, Steve Tensi, Florida State vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 1965|
|Receiving yards||252, Andre Rison, Michigan State vs. Georgia||Jan. 1989|
|Receiving touchdowns||4, Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 1965|
|Interceptions||4, Jim Dooley, Miami (FL) vs. Clemson||1952|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||96, Mikell Simpson, Virginia vs. Texas Tech||2008|
|Touchdown pass||99, Quincy Enunwa from Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska vs Georgia||2014|
|Kickoff return||99, Andre Debose, Florida vs Ohio State||2012|
|Interception return||90, Charlie Brembs, South Carolina vs. Wake Forest||1946|
|Punt||76, Bobby Joe Green, Florida vs. Ole Miss||1958|
|Field goal||51, Brian Lee, Ole Miss vs. Michigan||Jan. 1991|
|Bowl Attendance||84,129, Florida State vs. West Virginia||2010|
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).
|Date||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Sideline reporters|
|December 30, 2017||Touchdown Radio||J.P. Shadrick||Brady Ackerman|
|December 31, 2016||Touchdown Radio||Taylor Zarzour||Gino Torretta||J.P. Shadrick|
|January 2, 2016||ESPN Radio||Eamon McAnaney||John Congemi||Ian Fitzsimmons|
|January 2, 2015||ESPN Radio||Adam Amin||John Congemi||Dawn Davenport|
|January 1, 2014||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||K. C. Jones|
|January 2, 2013||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||Gino Torretta|
|January 1, 2012||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||Gino Torretta|
|January 1, 2011||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||Gino Torretta|
|January 1, 2010||Westwood One||John Tautges||Tony Boselli|
|January 1, 2009||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||Gino Torretta and Mike Dempsey|
|January 1, 2008||Touchdown Radio||Frank Frangie||Gino Torretta and Mike Dempsey|
|January 1, 2005||Nevada Sports Network||Alex Shelton||Dexter Carter|
|Date||Flagship station||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Sideline reporter(s)|
|January 2, 2012||WBNS-FM (Ohio State)
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