January 2, 2013 |
Steve Spurrier's plan to use two quarterbacks in the Outback Bowl worked so well that Dylan Thompson and Connor Shaw both earned game balls in Tampa, Fla. That's a first for the Head Ball Coach, who has a well-known penchant for benching struggling QBs. Except in this case, the Gamecocks' winningest coach used his talented pair of passers by design. Shaw began Tuesday's 33-28 victory over Michigan (8-5) with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd. Thompson closed it out by throwing a 32-yard TD strike to Bruce Ellington in the final minute.
December 29, 1995 |
If you like offense, don't stay up all night partying on New Year's Eve. The best offensive show on New Year's Day is set for 11 a.m in Tampa Stadium. It matches two of the great college football programs in America. One has the best offense in school history. The other has a terrific offense, but had the misfortune of following one of the great offenses in collegiate history. Both teams have a defense, but few have noticed. The Outback Bowl, formerly the Hall of Fame Bowl, will be about points.
November 28, 1995 |
Joe Paterno recalls seeing Terry Bowden when the Auburn coach was still small enough to tug on the pants leg of his famous father, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. And barring an unforeseen result in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game, Paterno again will see Terry Bowden. Only this time, Bowden will be standing across from Paterno on the lush grass of Tampa Stadium at the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, trying to tug a victory away from the legendary Penn State coach.
November 27, 1995 |
The members of the Outback Bowl selection committee peeled off their unsightly electric green sports jackets, rolled up their sleeves, and staged a Penn State-Michigan rematch yesterday in their Tampa, Fla., office. The Nittany Lions - who two weekends ago defeated the Wolverines at Beaver Stadium, 27-17 - won this one as well. A university spokesman said yesterday that the Outback Bowl had selected Penn State to play in the New Year's Day game at Tampa Stadium. The Nittany Lions' opponent will be the third selection from the Southeastern Conference, most likely Auburn.
December 19, 2012
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license but remains eligible to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina. Jahad Thomas , a senior running back at Elizabeth (N.J.) High, gave an oral commitment to play football at Temple. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder will join Elizabeth quarterback and close friend P.J. Walker as members of the Owls' 2013 recruiting class. Thomas and Walker both made official visits to North Broad Street last weekend.
January 1, 1996 |
Joe Paterno was reluctant to agree with the suggestion, but he did so anyway. Yes, he conceded, today's Outback Bowl matchup between his 15th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (8-3) and the 16th-ranked Auburn Tigers (8-3) at Tampa Stadium would probably be more like run-and-gun basketball than scratch-and-claw football. "If both teams are careful with the football, I think it'll be a fairly high-scoring game," he said yesterday, his face indicating that he hoped he was wrong.
December 7, 1998 |
When Penn State lines up against Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch at the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1, Nittany Lions fans will get a view of what might have been - a quarterback who completes passes with stunning accuracy. After Penn State's bowl destination and its opponent became official yesterday, coach Joe Paterno recalled the summer when the prolific Couch attended a football camp for youngsters in Happy Valley. "I know a lot about Tim Couch because we tried hard to recruit him," Paterno said.
December 6, 2006 |
Since Penn State and Tennessee have two of the three largest stadiums in the nation and play in conferences with lucrative TV packages, it's no surprise that both programs are turning a handsome profit. According to the schools' most recent Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act filings, they earned a combined profit of $41.9 million on football last season. While every school reports its financial data differently - some, for example, list the cost of scholarships as athletic-department expenses, others as revenue - the figures clearly reveal two fiscally healthy programs.
December 26, 2000 |
Derek Watson, South Carolina's first 1,000-yard rusher in four years, will sit out the Outback Bowl because of a violation of team policy. Coach Lou Holtz would not say what rules Watson broke. The Gamecocks (7-4) will face No. 19 Ohio State in the Jan. 1 game in Tampa, Fla. Early Thursday morning, Watson was unhurt in a car wreck he had while driving teammate Teddy Crawford's car. Watson said a blown tire had caused the accident. The police report said Watson had been ticketed for driving too fast and driving with a suspended license.
November 10, 2011 |
Police in San Antonio, Texas are investigating allegations that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy while on a 1998 team trip to the city, a spokesman said. The probe - based on testimony laid out in last weekend's grand jury presentment - could lead to additional charges for the embattled former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach. "We are investigating the possibility that an offense may have happened while here in San Antonio," police department spokesman Officer Matthew Porter said.