2022 Outback Bowl
36th Outback Bowl
1234 Total
Penn State 01000 10
Arkansas 70170 24
DateJanuary 1, 2022
Season2021
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPKJ Jefferson (QB, Arkansas)[1]
FavoriteArkansas by 2.5[2]
RefereeTuta Salaam (Big 12)[3]
Halftime showRazorback Marching Band, Penn State Blue Band
Attendance46,577
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN2
AnnouncersDave Flemming (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), and Stormy Buonantony (sideline)
Outback Bowl
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The 2022 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2022, with kickoff at 12:00 p.m. EST and televised on ESPN2.[4] It was the 36th edition of the Outback Bowl, and was one of the 2021–22 bowl games concluding the 2021 FBS football season. Outback Steakhouse was the game's title sponsor. The game featured the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC and the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten. Arkansas pulled away in the second half to win the game, 24-10, and Razorback QB K.J. Jefferson was named the games MVP.

Teams

Consistent with conference tie-ins, the game was played between teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten Conference. The bowl also has a tie-in with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

This was the first time that Arkansas and Penn State had ever played each other.[5]

Arkansas Razorbacks

Main article: 2021 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

Penn State Nittany Lions

Main article: 2021 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

Game summary

2022 Outback Bowl
1 2 34Total
Penn State 0 10 0010
No. 21 Arkansas 7 0 17024

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

  • Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 46,577
  • Referee: Tuta Salaam
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), and Stormy Buonantony (sideline)
  • Box score
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Penn State Arkansas
1 0:00 12 61 5:42 Arkansas Raheim Sanders 3-yard touchdown run, Cam Little kick good 0 7
2 10:53 1 42 0:07 Penn State KeAndre Lambert-Smith 42-yard touchdown reception from Sean Clifford, Jake Pinegar kick good 7 7
2 5:19 7 61 2:40 Penn State 33-yard field goal by Jake Pinegar 10 7
3 12:42 7 75 2:18 Arkansas KJ Jefferson 8-yard touchdown run, Cam Little kick good 10 14
3 6:29 10 46 4:32 Arkansas 36-yard field goal by Cam Little 10 17
3 2:08 4 79 1:38 Arkansas Raheim Sanders 1-yard touchdown run, Cam Little kick good 10 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 10 24

Statistics

Team statistics[edit]

Team statistical comparison
Statistic Penn State Arkansas
First downs 17 25
First downs rushing 8 21
First downs passing 8 3
First downs penalty 1 1
Third down efficiency 6–15 4–14
Fourth down efficiency 1–2 3–3
Total plays–net yards 63–323 78–451
Rushing attempts–net yards 28–125 58–361
Yards per rush 4.5 6.2
Yards passing 198 90
Pass completions–attempts 15–35 14–20
Interceptions thrown 2 2
Punt returns–total yards 2–23 1–8
Kickoff returns–total yards 0–0 0–0
Punts–average yardage 5–39.4 5–44.4
Fumbles–lost 1–0 1–0
Penalties–yards 3–10 6–40
Time of possession 23:47 36:13

Individual statistics[edit]

Penn State statistics
Nittany Lions passing
C–A Yds TD–INT
Sean Clifford 14–32 195 1–2
Christian Veilleux 1–2 3 0–0
Jordan Stout 0–1 0 0–0
Nittany Lions rushing
Car Yds TD
Sean Clifford 12 46 0
Keyvone Lee 4 35 0
Noah Cain 5 28 0
Parker Washington 2 12 0
Devyn Ford 1 4 0
Christian Veilleux 2 3 0
TEAM 2 −3 0
Nittany Lions receiving
Rec Yds TD
Parker Washington 7 98 0
KeAndre Lambert-Smith 3 1
Keyvone Lee 1 15 0
Noah Cain 2 12 0
Tyler Warren 1 0 0
Brenton Strange 1 −1 0
Arkansas statistics
Razorbacks passing
C–A Yds TD–INT
KJ Jefferson 14–19 98 0–1
Warren Thompson 0–1 0 0–1
Razorbacks rushing
Car Yds TD
KJ Jefferson 20 110 1
Raheim Sanders 13 79 2
Dominique Johnson 11 77 0
Malik Hornsby 4 67 0
AJ Green 4 26 0
Trelon Smith 2 6 0
TEAM 2 −6 0
De'Vion Warren 2 −6 0
Razorbacks receiving
Rec Yds TD
De'Vion Warren 3 33 0
Tyson Morris 3 32 0
Warren Thompson 1 12 0
Trey Knox 2 11 0
Blake Kern 1 8 0
Bryce Stephens 3 5 0
Dominique Johnson 1 −3 0

References

  1. ^ Wayne, E. "KJ Jefferson named MVP of Outback Bowl". Yahoo Sports. 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 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "2021 College Football Bowl Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Winsipedia - Arkansas vs. Penn State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved 2021-12-05.