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12 Days of Bowlmas: Time to win a bowl game in Florida

Each weekday from now until the end of the year, KSR will be bringing you tidbits about the Citrus Bowl to get you ready for Kentucky’s showdown with Penn State. First up: a little bit of bowl history.

This will be Kentucky’s first Citrus Bowl appearance, but did you know Kentucky’s never won a bowl game in Florida? This will be the Cats’ fourth time playing a bowl in the Sunshine State, but so far, no Ws.

Date Bowl Opponent Result Coach
January 2, 1950 Orange Bowl (Miami) Santa Clara L, 21-13 Bear Bryant
January 1, 1999 Outback Bowl (Tampa) Penn State L, 26-14 Hal Mumme
December 31, 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville) Georgia Tech L, 33-18 Mark Stoops

In fact, the Cats haven’t won many games in Florida period. As we know all too well, prior to this year’s 27-16 victory, Kentucky hadn’t beaten the Gators in Gainesville since 1979. In the 69-game series between the two teams, Kentucky’s only won 18 times, eight times in the state of Florida.

Time to break another streak.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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1 Comment for 12 Days of Bowlmas: Time to win a bowl game in Florida

  1. mashburnfan1
    8:01 pm December 13, 2018 Permalink

    This team has done many things we have not done in a very long time, why not break this Florida bowl streak. My tix arrived today, already got plane tix and planning on a great week, starting with a W on Tuesday. We are staying till Friday and hitting some theme parks.