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1998 Florida Citrus Bowl

1998 CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 3 3 0 6
Florida 14 0 0 7 21
Date January 1, 1998
Season 1997
Stadium Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium
Location Orlando, Florida
MVP RB Fred Taylor (Florida)
Attendance 72,940
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Terry Gannon
Tim Brant

The 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl featured the Florida Gators and the Penn State Nittany Lions.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


Penn State was ranked #1 for the first three weeks of the season and were 7–0 before a loss to eventual national champion Michigan. They won two of their last three games but ultimately finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference title, though they finished the regular season in the AP top 10 for the fifth straight year. This was Florida's first Citrus Bowl and Penn State's third appearance.

Game summary

Noah Brindise gave Florida a 7–0 lead on a touchdown sneak after a 80-yard drive that took only 4:12 and had Fred Taylor contribute 47 yards of rushing. While trying to respond, Mike McQueary's pass was intercepted by Fred Weary and returned to the 35. Doug Johnson followed with a touchdown pass to Jacquez Green to make it 14–0 a few plays later. Travis Forney made it 14–3 after a field goal set up by a Johnson interception. Midway through the third quarter, Forney made it 14–6 on his second kick. After Johnson's injury to his shoulder, Jesse Palmer stepped in as quarterback and led Florida to an early fourth quarter touchdown pass to Green to make the final score 21–6 as Penn State was stifled by the defense of Florida. McQueary went 10 of 32 for 92 yards and 3 interceptions while Penn State has only one yard of rushing in the first half en route to only 47 the whole day. Fred Taylor ended his career at Florida with the most amount of rushing yards in Citrus Bowl history, rushing for 234 yards on 43 carries.[1][2]


Florida has returned to the Citrus Bowl just once, in 2000 while Penn State did in 2009.


Statistics Florida Penn State
First Downs 23 9
Yards Rushing 254 47
Yards Passing 143 92
Total Yards 397 139
Possession Time 35:07 24:53
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions 2 3
Penalties-Yards 5-45 1-5


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  2. ^ "1998 Florida Citrus Bowl" (PDF). Florida Gators Football Media Guide. Florida Gators Athletics. p. 134. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
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