2016 Outback Bowl
30th Outback Bowl
1234 Total
Northwestern 0600 6
Tennessee 710721 45
DateJanuary 1, 2016
Season2015
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPJalen Hurd
FavoriteTennessee by 8[1]
RefereeGary Patterson (ACC)[2]
Attendance53,202[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN2/Sports USA
AnnouncersMark Jones, Rod Gilmore, & Quint Kessenich (ESPN2)
Mike Morgan, Doug Plank, & Rich Herrera (Sports USA)
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The 2016 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 2016, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was the 30th edition of the Outback Bowl (previously called the Hall of Fame Bowl), featuring the #13 Northwestern Wildcats from the Big Ten and the #23 Tennessee Volunteers from the SEC.[3] It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season, with kickoff at noon EST on ESPN2. It was sponsored by the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise.

Teams

Northwestern

Northwestern, ranked #13 in the nation, finished the regular season with a 10–2 record, losing two consecutive games mid-season to ranked teams, Michigan and Iowa. The Wildcats finished second in the Big Ten's western division behind Iowa. Northwestern was led by quarterback Clayton Thorson, with support from runningback Justin Jackson. Pat Fitzgerald was in his tenth year as Northwestern's head coach.[4]

Tennessee

After starting the season ranked as high as #23 in the country, Tennessee went 3–4, losing two of three close games to higher-ranked teams and having fourth-quarter leads in all four losses, before winning their last five games of the season. The Volunteers won against then-ranked #19 Georgia and lost only one game in the remainder of the SEC schedule, which was to eventual National Champion Alabama. Tennessee is led by quarterback Joshua Dobbs, with support from running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara, as well as Evan Berry and Cameron Sutton on special teams. The Volunteers are coached by Butch Jones in his third year.[5]

Series history

In their only series game, the 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl, Tennessee won 48–28.[6]

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP NU UT
1 0:14 7 75 2:45 UT Joshua Dobbs 14-yard touchdown run, Aaron Medley kick good 0 7
2 10:47 11 46 3:25 UT 35-yard field goal by Aaron Medley 0 10
2 5:40 12 75 5:07 NU Justin Jackson 5-yard touchdown run, Jack Mitchell kick no good 6 10
2 2:18 9 75 3:22 UT Alvin Kamara 11-yard touchdown run, Aaron Medley kick good 6 17
3 4:40 14 67 5:47 UT Jalen Hurd 3-yard touchdown run, Aaron Medley kick good 6 24
4 11:42 9 80 3:36 UT Joshua Dobbs 18-yard touchdown run, Aaron Medley kick good 6 31
4 4:24 7 32 3:38 UT John Kelly 1-yard touchdown run, Aaron Medley kick good 6 38
4 0:08 UT Interception returned 100 yards for touchdown by Evan Berry, Aaron Medley kick good 6 45
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 45

Source: [2]

Statistics

Statistics[2] NU UT
First downs 18 24
Plays–yards 70–261 84–420
Rushes–yards 37–132 53–226
Passing yards 129 194
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 14–33–4 16–30–0
Time of possession 25:51 34:09

References

  1. ^ Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2015
  2. ^ a b c d "2016 Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Tennessee Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Stites, Adam (December 6, 2015). "2015 Outback Bowl, Tennessee vs. Northwestern: Date, time, location and more". SB Nation. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Wildcats headed to 2016 Outback Bowl". nusports.com. Evanston, Illinois: CBS Interactive. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Vols headed to Outback Bowl". utsports.com. Knoxville, Tennessee: CBS Interactive. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "1997 Florida Citrus Bowl". utsports.com. Orlando, Florida: CBS Interactive. January 1, 1997. Retrieved December 7, 2015.