Key Moments in Outback Bowl History
The Bowl Association Announces its new name as the Tampa Bay Bowl and reveals its new logo.
Arkansas defeats Penn State in the bowl game appearing in their first ever bowl in Tampa.
The Bowl is played in during the COVID 19 Pandemic in front of a limited stadium crowd.
Outback Bowl surpasses $155 million contributed to universities over its history.
|Nov 18, 2019|
Outback Bowl Charitable Giving Initiative donations surpass $1.5 million distributed to charities since 2016.
|Oct 18, 2019|
Outback Bowl extends agreement with ESPN/ABC networks for six additional years through the January 2026 bowl game.
|Sept 23, 2019|
Outback Bowl Charitable Giving Initiative surpasses 100 charities that have received donations from the bowl game since it started in 2016.
|June 4, 2019|
Outback Bowl extends agreements with SEC and Big Ten Conference for six years through the January 2026 bowl game.
|May 20, 2019|
Outback Steakhouse signs six-year contract extension to title sponsor the bowl through the January 2026 game.
Outback Steakhouse celebrates 25th Anniversary as title sponsor of the bowl, the longest title sponsor in college bowl game history.
Outback Bowl Board of Directors approves start of Outback Bowl Charitable Giving Initiative to support deserving Tampa Bay area charities. Donates $100,000 to non-profits.
|Jan 1, 2016|
The Outback Bowl celebrates its 30th Anniversary game.
|Jan 1, 2015|
Wisconsin defeats Auburn 34-31 in overtime for the bowls fourth overtime decision and third overtime game in six years. Badger A.D. Barry Alvarez came out of retirement to coach the team to the win.
Outback Bowl extends agreements with Big Ten, SEC and ESPN/ABC networks for six additional years through the January 2020 bowl game.
|June 26, 2013|
Outback Steakhouse signs six year contract extension to title sponsor the bowl through the 2020 game.
|Jan 2, 2012|
The 2012 Outback Bowl goes to triple overtime, only the third time in NCAA history a bowl game has gone to that point. Michigan State University comes back from a 0-16 deficit at halftime to defeat Georgia 33-30 blocking a field goal attempt on the final play.
|Jan 1, 2011|
Outback Bowl Celebrates its 25th Anniversary game featuring Penn State vs Florida in Urban Meyers final game as the Gators Head Coach.
|Jan 1, 2010|
Auburn defeats Northwestern 38-35 in bowls second overtime game. Teams tie or set 39 Outback Bowl records and 9 NCAA records in what many believe is the most exciting game in bowls history.
|Oct - Dec 2009|
Bowl completes contract extensions with Big Ten, SEC and ABC/ESPN for four additional years through the January 2014 game.
|May 12, 2009|
Outback Steakhouse commits to four year contract extension through 2014 game.
|Jan 2, 2006|
Outback Bowl celebrates 20th Anniversary
|July 26, 2005|
Bowl completes contract extensions with SEC, Big Ten, ESPN and Outback Steakhouse through the 2010 game.
|Jan 1, 2005|
Bowl hosts its highest ranked team in No. 7 Georgia.
|Jan 1, 2004|
Bowl played in front of fourth consecutive sellout crowd.
Bowl signs four year extensions with SEC, Big Ten, ESPN & Outback through January 2006 game.
|Jan 1, 2001|
Bowl celebrates its 15th anniversary.
|Jan 1, 2000|
Outback Bowl becomes first sporting event of the new millennium; Game between Georgia and Purdue becomes only second OT Bowl game in history and features greatest comeback by a team (25 points by Georgia) in history of all bowls.
|Jan 1, 1999|
Bowl moves to brand new Raymond James Stadium; Sells out its first game which features Penn State and Kentucky.
|July 28, 1997|
Bowl extends agreements with SEC, Big Ten, ESPN & Outback through January 2002.
|Jan 1, 1996|
Bowl celebrates 10th anniversary.
|April 12, 1995|
Bowl signs six-year deal with Outback Steakhouse as title sponsor; changes name to Outback Bowl.
|Oct 26, 1994|
Bowl signs six-year contract with SEC and Big Ten Conferences; Extends ESPN contract.
|April 24, 1992|
Bowl signs first contract with ESPN TV.
|Jan 1, 1990|
Bowl hosts No. 9 Auburn and No. 21 Ohio State which attracts record crowd of 68,085 and is third highest rated of all the bowls.
|Jan 1, 1989|
Bowl moved to New Years Day lineup where it has remained ever since; hosts two top 20 teams for first time: No. 16 Syracuse and No. 19 LSU.
|Jan 2, 1988|
Bowl matches two of most prestigious teams in the sport, Michigan vs Alabama, in their only meeting to date. Wolverines win in final seconds.
|Aug 3, 1987|
Bowl signs contract with NBC TV
|Dec 23, 1986|
Inaugural Hall of Fame Bowl
|April 16, 1986|
NCAA awards college bowl to Tampa Bay