2000 Toyota Gator Bowl
55th Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 0760 13
Miami 71407 28
DateJanuary 1, 2000
Season1999
StadiumAlltel Stadium
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPLB Nate Webster (Miami)
QB Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech)
Attendance43,416
Gator Bowl
 < 1999  2001

The 2000 Gator Bowl featured the Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Background

The Jackets had at one point been ranked as high as 7th in the polls before two losses had made them fall to 17th. They finished 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was their third consecutive bowl season. The Hurricanes finished 2nd in the Big East Conference with a loss to Virginia Tech late in the season costing them a share of the title. But Miami was making their third bowl appearance under Davis, who was hired to help rebuild the program after a scandal that rocked the school in 1995.

Game summary

Tech had multiple opportunities to score, but two interceptions and two missed field goals doomed the Jackets in their first bowl loss since 1978. Miami scored the first 14 points of the game on a James Jackson rushing touchdown and an Andre King touchdown catch from Kenny Kelly. Tech mustered a Joe Hamilton touchdown late in the first half but Miami scored before the half ended on a Clinton Portis 73 yard run to lead 21–7. From that point on, Tech scored just six points on two Luke Manget field goals, which narrowed it to 21–13. But Ken Dorsey's touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne midway through the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Hurricanes.[1]

Aftermath

Miami would go to the Sugar Bowl the next year, their last bowl game with Davis before he departed for the Cleveland Browns. The Jackets would go to one more bowl game with O'Leary before he left the program. The Jackets would return to the Gator Bowl seven years later.

Statistics

Statistics Miami GT
First Downs 22 29
Yards Rushing 239 217
Yards Passing 208 245
Total Offense Yards 447 462
Punts-Average 5-42.6 6-26.2
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Interceptions 1 2
Penalties-Yards 9-90 7-75
Time of Possession 27:40 32:20

References

  1. ^ "USA TODAY Latest news".