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1996 Outback Bowl

1996 Outback Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 3 13 27 0 43
Auburn 0 7 0 7 14
Date January 1, 1996
Season 1995
Stadium Tampa Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Bobby Engram (Penn State WR)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Ron Franklin, Mike Gottfried

The 1996 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the Auburn Tigers, and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State turned a close first half into a blowout, with a big third quarter run, and ended up winning 43-14. Penn State's 43 points remain to this day a record in the Outback Bowl.

The first quarter was dominated by defense, as the only points came on a 19-yard field goal from Penn State placekicker Brett Conway. With that chip shot, Penn State opened up a 3-0 lead. With 12:39 left in the second quarter, Auburn posted the first touchdown of the game, with a beautiful 25-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Nix to Robert Baker. Auburn claimed a 7-3 lead after the successful PAT.

Auburn's defense continued its stellar play, giving up field goals of 22 and 38 yards to fall behind 9-7. Then with just 5 seconds in the half, Penn State quarterback Wally Richardson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Archie, to make it a 16-7 halftime lead.

Penn State opened the second half on a tear, thanks to effective adjustments. Just 5 minutes into the second half, Richardson earned his second touchdown pass of the game, a 9 yard spiral to Bobby Engram, who later played in the nfl, to take a 23-7 lead. Just 2 and a half minutes later, Richardson threw his third touchdown pass, a 4 yarder to Steven Pitts making it 29-7. Penn State elected to go for 2, but failed.

Halfback Curtis Enis scored from 1 yard out to make it 36-7. A minute later, Richardson hooked up with Bobby Engram, for their second touchdown of the game, a 20 yarder. After 40 consecutive unanswered points by Penn State, they ran the score up to 43-7. Auburn scored one more time in the fourth quarter, on a 16-yard run by Kevin McLeod, making the final score 43-14.

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