2019 Citrus Bowl

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2019 VRBO Citrus Bowl
73rd Citrus Bowl
1234 Total
Kentucky 100170 27
Penn State 07017 24
DateJanuary 1, 2019
Season2018
StadiumCamping World Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPBenny Snell Jr. (RB, Kentucky)[1]
FavoritePenn State by 6.5[2]
RefereeRiley Johnson (ACC)
Attendance59,167[3]
PayoutUS$8,550,000 [4]
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC & ESPN Radio
AnnouncersDave Flemming, Brock Huard and Laura Rutledge (ABC)
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman (ESPN Radio)
Citrus Bowl
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The 2019 Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 2019.[5] It was the 73rd edition of what is now the Citrus Bowl, and was one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by VRBO, a vacation rental marketplace owned by HomeAway, the game was officially be known as the VRBO Citrus Bowl.

Teams[edit]

The game was played between the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference and the Kentucky Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[6] The teams had previously met five times, with Penn State holding a 3–2 edge; their most recent meeting was the 1999 Outback Bowl, won by Penn State.[6]

Penn State Nittany Lions[edit]

Penn State received and accepted a bid to the Citrus Bowl on December 2.[6] The Nittany Lions entered the bowl with a 9–3 record (6–3 in conference).

Kentucky Wildcats[edit]

Kentucky received and accepted a bid to the Citrus Bowl on December 2.[6] The Wildcats entered the bowl with a 9–3 record (5–3 in conference).

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP UK PSU
1 12:23 5 24 1:52 UK 28-yard field goal by Miles Butler 3 0
1 0:45 UK Punt returned 58 yards for touchdown by Lynn Bowden Jr., Miles Butler kick good 10 0
2 13:56 5 75 1:49 PSU Nick Bowers 1-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Jake Pinegar kick good 10 7
3 12:38 6 65 2:22 UK Benny Snell Jr. 2-yard touchdown run, Miles Butler kick good 17 7
3 3:48 11 65 6:05 UK 28-yard field goal by Miles Butler 20 7
3 1:35 2 66 0:57 UK Benny Snell Jr. 12-yard touchdown run, Miles Butler kick good 27 7
4 13:37 10 75 2:58 PSU Trace McSorley 1-yard touchdown run, Jake Pinegar kick good 27 14
4 9:00 6 60 2:24 PSU Pat Freiermuth 18-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Jake Pinegar kick good 27 21
4 4:12 12 61 3:34 PSU 32-yard field goal by Jake Pinegar 27 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 27 24

Statistics[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Wildcats 10 0 17 0 27
No. 12 Nittany Lions 0 7 0 17 24
Statistics UK PSU
First downs 16 22
Plays–yards 57–297 75–410
Rushes–yards 42–176 40–164
Passing yards 121 246
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 9–15–0 17–33–1
Time of possession 30:42 29:18
Team Category Player Statistics
Kentucky Passing Terry Wilson 9/15, 121 yds
Rushing Benny Snell Jr. 26 car, 144 yds, 2 TD
Receiving Lynn Bowden Jr. 5 rec, 84 yds
Penn State Passing Trace McSorley 17/33, 246 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Trace McSorley 19 car, 75 yds
Receiving DeAndre Thompkins 4 rec, 74 yds

References[edit]

  1. ^ @OnwardState (January 1, 2019). "Benny Snell Jr. took home @CitrusBowl MVP honors in his final game for the Wildcats" (Tweet). Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fawkes, Ben (December 10, 2018). "Odds for every 2018-19 CFB bowl game". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^ @CitrusBowl (January 1, 2019). "Game attendance for today's matchup @CWStadium is 59,167" (Tweet). Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "2018 Bowl Schedule". CFP.com. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule". ESPN. May 2, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Winmore, Findsome & (2 December 2018). "Penn State and Kentucky to meet in 2019 VRBO Citrus Bowl". Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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