1988 All-American Bowl
|1988 All-American Bowl|
|Date||December 29, 1988|
|MVP||RB Emmitt Smith (Florida)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Roger Twibell and Lee Corso|
The 1988 All-American Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the University of Florida Gators on December 29, 1988. The game was the final contest of the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams, and ended in a 14–10 victory for Florida.
Head Coach John Mackovic led Illinois to a 6-4-1 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten, reaching the All-American Bowl against the successful Southeastern Conference team from Florida. On the first play from scrimmage, Florida freshman Emmitt Smith ran 55 yards for a touchdown. Illinois tied the score on a 30-yard run by Keith Jones in the second quarter. After a fourth-quarter Doug Higgins field goal gave Illinois a three-point lead, Smith scored his second touchdown with less than four minutes remaining to give the Gators the victory.
|1||Florida||Emmitt Smith 55-yard touchdown run, John Francis kick good||0||7|
|2||Illinois||Keith Jones 30-yard touchdown run, Doug Higgins kick good||7||7|
|4||Illinois||Doug Higgins 44-yard field goal||10||7|
|Florida||Emmitt Smith 2-yard touchdown run, John Francis kick good||10||14|
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 55-194-249; UF - 187-69-256.
Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Jones 18-88-1; UF - Smith 28-159-2.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jeff George 37-20-2-0-194; UF - Kyle Morris 12-6-2-0-50.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Mike Bellamy 5-49-0; Steven Williams 5-49-0; UF - Terence Barber 4-29-0.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Most Valuable Players in Former Major Bowls" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 100. Retrieved October 1, 2011.