1999 FedEx Orange Bowl
65th Orange Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
1234 Total
Florida 141403 31
Syracuse 0307 10
DateJanuary 2, 1999
Season1998
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPFlorida WR Travis Taylor
FavoriteFlorida by 7 (62.5) [1]
RefereeDick Honig (Big Ten)
Attendance67,919[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersBrad Nessler and Gary Danielson
Nielsen ratings8.4[2]
Orange Bowl
 < 1998  2000

The 1999 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 2, 1999. It was also one of 1998–99 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games. This 65th edition of the Orange Bowl (the last one ever played at the Miami Orange Bowl) featured the Syracuse Orangemen, and the Florida Gators. Florida came into the game with a 9–2 record, whereas Syracuse was 8–3. Consequently, the Gators were favorites playing in their home state.

Florida came out of the gates swinging, with quarterback Doug Johnson throwing two touchdown passes to wide receiver Travis Taylor creating a 14-0 Florida lead. Syracuse got on the scoreboard in the second quarter following a field goal to close the gap to 14–3. Florida added two more touchdowns before the half to widen the gap to 28–3.

Florida continued to dominate the game, before giving up a 62 yard touchdown from quarterback Donovan McNabb to wide receiver Maurice Jackson, with only 3 minutes left in the game. Florida then ran out the clock to finish the game. Florida, whose only two losses came against top-two opponents, cranked out over 400 yards of total offense. Travis Taylor was named MVP, after catching 7 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Terry Jackson rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries.

This Orange Bowl was played at the Miami Orange Bowl because Pro Player Stadium (later known as Hard Rock Stadium) was being used for an NFL wild card playoff game; coincidentally, both the NFL game and the Orange Bowl were aired on the same network, ABC.

Aftermath

The 1999 Orange Bowl victory clinched Florida's sixth consecutive 10-win season. They finished the season 10-2, and ranked in the final Top 5.

References

  1. ^ "Orange Bowl Odds: College football". Vegasinsider. January 1, 2003. p. C10.
  2. ^ a b "BCS Game Results". orangebowl.org. September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved 2008-01-13.