1999 Outback Bowl

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1999 Outback Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 14 0 0 0 14
Penn State 3 10 6 7 26
Date January 1, 1999
Season 1998
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Courtney Brown (Penn State DE)
Favorite Penn State favored by 7
Attendance 66,005
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Ron Franklin, Mike Gottfried, Adrian Karsten
Outback Bowl
 < 1998  2000

The 1999 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Penn State entered the game with an 8-3 record and #22 ranking in the AP poll;[1] the Nittany Lions had been ranked as high as #7 in the AP poll that season.[1] Kentucky entered the game at 7-4, unranked, though having been ranked earlier in the season in the USA Today coaches' poll.[2] Penn State was favored by 7 points.[3] Kentucky entered the game with three starting offensive linemen replaced by freshman reserves.[4]

The game proved to be the first sellout in the history of the Outback Bowl.[4]

Kentucky started the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Couch to wide receiver Lance Mickelsen for an early 7-0 Kentucky lead. Penn State responded with a 43-yard field goal from kicker Travis Forney. Minutes later, Tim Couch found Anthony White for a 16-yard touchdown pass, to give Kentucky a 14-3 lead.

In the second quarter, Penn State quarterback Kevin Thompson connected with Joe Nastasi for a 56-yard touchdown pass, pulling Penn State to within 14-10. Travis Forney kicked a 26-yard field goal before half to make the score 14-13.

In the third quarter, Forney connected on two field goals of 21 and 25 yards to give Penn State a 19-14 lead. In the fourth quarter, Chafie Fields scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with four minutes left to give Penn State a 26-14 lead. Penn State's defense held, and the final score stood up.


  1. ^ a b "AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ 2001 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p.164
  3. ^ Phil Steele's 2007 College Football Preview, p.55
  4. ^ a b 2001 Kentucky Football Media Guide, '1999 Outback Bowl', p.169

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