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1988 Florida Citrus Growers Association Florida Citrus Bowl
1234 Total
Clemson 77714 35
Penn State 7030 10
DateJanuary 1, 1988
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPRodney Williams, QB, Clemson
RefereePaul Schmitt (SICOA)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersGary Bender and Lynn Swann
Florida Citrus Bowl
 < 1987  1989

The 1988 Florida Citrus Bowl was held on January 1, 1988 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The #14 Clemson Tigers defeated the #20 Penn State Nittany Lions by a score of 35–10.[1]

The first quarter saw both teams score: first the Tigers on a 7-yard rush and then Penn State on a 39-yard pass. The second quarter saw only a Clemson touchdown on a 6-yard rush, and the halftime score was 14–7. Penn State converted a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 4, but then Clemson proceeded to score 21 unanswered points. The Tigers scored on a 1-yard touchdown rush to end the third quarter 21–10, and then scored on two more rushes, from 25 and 4 yards out. Clemson won the game by a score of 35–10.[2]


  1. ^ Ap (January 2, 1988). "Florida Citrus Bowl; Penn State Routed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "THE BOWL GAMES : Florida Citrus Bowl : Clemson Has Too Much for Penn State, 35-10". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1988. Retrieved April 22, 2022.