2022 Vrbo Citrus Bowl
76th Citrus Bowl
1234 Total
Kentucky 7607 20
Iowa 0377 17
DateJanuary 1, 2022
Season2021
StadiumCamping World Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPWan'Dale Robinson (WR, Kentucky)[1]
FavoriteKentucky by 2.5[2]
RefereeJeff Heaser (ACC)[3]
Attendance50,769
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersABC: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Ben Hartsock (analyst) & Taylor Davis (sideline)
Citrus Bowl
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The 2022 Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2022, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. EST and televised on ABC.[4] It was the 76th edition of the Citrus Bowl, and was one of the 2021–22 bowl games concluding the 2021 FBS football season. Sponsored by Vrbo, a vacation rental marketplace owned by the HomeAway division of Expedia, the game was officially known as the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.

Teams

In the first meeting between the two programs, the game featured the Kentucky Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference. Both teams received and accepted invitations on Sunday, December 5.[5]

Kentucky Wildcats

Main article: 2021 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The Wildcats entered the Citrus Bowl with a 9–3 record (5–3 SEC) and a No. 22 ranking in the final CFP poll. Kentucky made its second Citrus Bowl appearance (2019).

Iowa Hawkeyes

Main article: 2021 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The Hawkeyes, winners of the Big Ten West Division, entered the Citrus Bowl with a 10–3 record (7–2 B1G) and a No. 15 ranking in the final CFP poll. Iowa also made its second Citrus Bowl appearance (2005).

Game summary

2022 Vrbo Citrus Bowl
1 2 34Total
No. 22 Kentucky 7 6 0720
No. 15 Iowa 0 3 7717

at Camping World StadiumOrlando, Florida

  • Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) • Wind: 11 mph (18 km/h) S
  • Game attendance: 50,769
  • Referee: Jeff Heaser
  • TV announcers (ABC): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
  • Box score
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • 11:03 IOWA – Caleb Shudak 28-yard field goal. Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards, 4:41. Kentucky 7–3.
  • 2:48 UK – Matt Ruffolo 21-yard field goal. Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards, 8:15. Kentucky 10–3.
  • 0:38 UK – Matt Ruffolo 27-yard field goal. Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards, 1:31. Kentucky 13–3.
Third quarter
  • 3:21 IOWA – Arland Bruce IV 20-yard rush, Caleb Shudak kick good. Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards, 2:46. Kentucky 13–10.
Fourth quarter
  • 10:54 IOWA – Sam LaPorta 36-yard pass from Spencer Petras, Caleb Shudak kick good. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 3:15. Iowa 17–13.
  • 1:47 UK – Chris Rodriguez Jr. 6-yard rush, Matt Ruffolo kick good. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 1:43. Kentucky 20–17.

Statistics

Statistics UK IOWA
First downs 24 20
Plays–yards 75–354 60–384
Rushes–yards 47–121 30–173
Passing yards 233 211
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 17–28–1 19–30–3
Time of possession 37:54 22:06
Team Category Player Statistics
Kentucky Passing Will Levis 17/28, 233 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Chris Rodriguez Jr. 20 rushes, 107 yards, TD
Receiving Wan'Dale Robinson 10 receptions, 170 yards
Iowa Passing Spencer Petras 19/30, 211 yards, TD, 3 INT
Rushing Gavin Williams 16 rushes, 98 yards
Receiving Sam LaPorta 7 receptions, 122 yards, TD

See also

References

  1. ^ Story, Mark. "5 things you need to know from UK's Citrus Bowl win over Iowa". kentucky.com. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  2. ^ Fawkes, Ben. "Odds for College Football Playoff, every bowl game". vsin.com. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "2021-22 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. December 6, 2021. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "2021 College Football Bowl Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Iowa, Kentucky Will Meet For The First Time In Citrus Bowl". Associated Press. December 5, 2021. Retrieved December 5, 2021.