2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
75th Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Indiana 03163 22
Tennessee 06314 23
DateJanuary 2, 2020
Season2019
StadiumTIAA Bank Field
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPEric Gray (RB, Tennessee)[1] & Peyton Ramsey (QB, Indiana)[2]
FavoriteTennessee by 3.5[3]
National anthemThe Brown Kelly
RefereeMike McCabe (Pac-12)[4]
Halftime showEaston Area High School, Tennessee Volunteers, and Indiana Hoosiers
Attendance61,789
PayoutUS$5,350,000[5]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersTom Hart (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst) and Katie George (sideline)
Gator Bowl
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The 2020 Gator Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 2, 2020, with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.[6] It was the 75th edition of the Gator Bowl, and was one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by financial technology company TaxSlayer, the game was officially known as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

Teams

The game matched the Indiana Hoosiers from the Big Ten Conference and the Tennessee Volunteers from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This was the second meeting between the programs; they previously met in the January 1988 Peach Bowl, won by Tennessee, 27–22.[7]

Indiana Hoosiers

Main article: 2019 Indiana Hoosiers football team

Indiana entered the game with an 8–4 record (5–4 in conference). They finished in fourth place in the Big Ten's East Division. The Hoosiers' four losses were all to ranked opponents: Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, and Michigan. This was Indiana's first Gator Bowl appearance.

Tennessee Volunteers

Main article: 2019 Tennessee Volunteers football team

Tennessee entered the game with a 7–5 record (5–3 in conference). They finished in third place in the SEC's East Division. The Volunteers lost to all three ranked opponents they faced: Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. After starting their season 2–5, the Volunteers entered the bowl on a five-game winning streak. This was Tennessee's seventh Gator Bowl; the Volunteers had a record of 4–2 in prior appearances.

Game summary

2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
1 2 34Total
Indiana 0 3 16322
Tennessee 0 6 31423

at TIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 74 °F (23 °C) • Wind: SSE 10 mph
  • Game attendance: 61,789
  • Referee: Mike McCabe
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst) and Katie George (sideline)
  • ESPN game summary
Game information
First Quarter
No scoring
Second Quarter
  • (14:49) TENN – Brent Cimaglia 23 yard field goal (Drive: 12 plays, 67 yards, 6:04; Tennessee 3–0)
  • (5:21) TENN – Brent Cimaglia 32 yard field goal (Drive: 14 plays, 50 yards, 6:14; Tennessee 6–0)
  • (0:00) IND – Logan Justus 24 yard field goal (Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 2:24; Tennessee 6–3)
Third Quarter
  • (9:29) IND – Peyton Ramsey 1 yard rush, Logan Justus kick (Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 5:31; Indiana 10–6)
  • (8:26) IND – Jamar Johnson 63 yard interception return, kick failed (Indiana 16–6)
  • (4:11) TENN – Brent Cimaglia 43 yard field goal (Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, 4:15; Indiana 16–9)
  • (1:01) IND – Logan Justus 49 yard field goal (Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:05; Indiana 19–9)
Fourth Quarter
  • (10:27) IND – Logan Justus 30 yard field goal (Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:54; Indiana 22–9)
  • (4:21) TENN – Quavaris Crouch 1 yard rush, Brent Cimaglia kick (Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 2:45; Indiana 22–16)
  • (3:51) TENN – Eric Gray 16 yard rush, Brent Cimaglia kick (Drive: 3 plays, 54 yards, 0:28; Tennessee 23–22)

Statistics

Statistics IND TENN
First downs 17 19
Plays–yards 65–303 69–374
Rushes–yards 31–76 35–136
Passing yards 227 238
Passing: comp–att–int 20–34–1 19–34–2
Time of possession 29:27 30:33
Team Category Player Statistics
Indiana Passing Peyton Ramsey 20/34, 227 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Peyton Ramsey 17 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Peyton Hendershot 6 receptions, 67 yards
Tennessee Passing Jarrett Guarantano 18/31, 221 yards, 2 INT
Rushing Eric Gray 14 carries, 86 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Josh Palmer 6 receptions, 68 yards

References

  1. ^ Carson, Brad (January 2, 2020). "Tennessee scores twice late to stun Indiana 23-22 in Gator Bowl". 929espn.radio.com. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Postgame Notes: TaxSlayer Gator Bowl". iuhoosiers.com. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Indiana vs. Tennessee - Game Summary". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "2019-20 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 Bowl Schedule". collegefootballpoll.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "2019-20 college football bowl schedule, games, dates, times, TV channels". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Indiana Hoosiers vs. Tennessee Volunteers football series history". winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 8, 2019.