2011 Outback Bowl
25th Outback Bowl
Anniversary logo
1234 Total
Florida 014617 37
Penn State 71070 24
DateJanuary 1, 2011
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPS Ahmad Black, Florida
FavoriteFlorida by 7[1]
National anthemJanet Dacal
RefereeJack Childress (ACC)
PayoutUS$3.4 million
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Suzy Kolber
Nielsen ratings7.1 (12.4 million)
Outback Bowl
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The 2011 Outback Bowl, a college football bowl game, matched the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) against the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten. The 25th edition of the Outback Bowl, it was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game kicked off at 1 p.m. EST on January 1, 2011, and was telecast on ABC. The Florida Gators won with a final score of 37–24.



See also: 2010 Florida Gators football team

The Gators also entered the bowl with an identical 7–5 record to their opponents. This was set to be head coach Urban Meyer's final game at Florida as he retired for health reasons. The offense especially sputtered toward season's end, turning the ball over six times and averaging 251.0 yards in Florida's last two games against FBS opponents, losses to South Carolina and Florida State by a combined 67–21. Florida was without starters cornerback Janoris Jenkins (right shoulder), right tackle Maurice Hurt (right knee), defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh (right hip) and Terron Sanders (right shoulder) who had surgeries.

Penn State

See also: 2010 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The Nittany Lions entered the contest with a 7–5 record in coach Joe Paterno's 45th year at the helm. Paterno looked to add to his record 24 postseason victories. Penn State, finished ninth in the Big Ten in points per game (24.6). Freshman Rob Bolden threw five touchdowns in seven games before being replaced by sophomore Matt McGloin, who tossed 13 TDs the rest of the way. The Nittany Lions had played in three previous Outback Bowls having won all of them. They attempted to be the first team in bowl history with 4 Outback Bowl victories.

Game Notes

This was the third time that the two squads have met in school history. Florida currently leads the matchup 3–0. Both prior meetings were also in bowl games, the 1962 Gator Bowl and the 1998 Citrus Bowl. The game drew a national television rating of 7.1, the fourth highest among all 2010/2011 Bowl Games.

Game summary

Scoring summary

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter



Penn State


  1. ^ The Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2010