Outback Bowl a Tampa Bay Treasure for More Than 30 Years

For each of the past 32 years the Outback Bowl has made a positive impact on the Tampa Bay region and college football. Over it's history the 501 (c)3 organization has contributed $143 million to universities and generated an estimated $1 Billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area. The Outback Bowl also generates millions of dollars in national and international exposure for the region each year and in just the last two years has donated $500,000 to dozens of local charities. In fact the biggest winner each year is the Tampa Bay community.

OUTBACK BOWL AGAIN DONATES $200,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES

In addition to the approximately $6.4 million contributed to NCAA member instititutions for educational purposes, this years Outback Bowl Charitable Giving Initiative once again made contributions totaling $200,000 to thirty-six deserving non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay community. The organizations were chosen by the bowls Board of Directors and presented checks for either $5,000 or $10,000 to assist in their worthwhile efforts. The Outback Bowl as donated $500,000 through this initiative since 2016.

South Carolina Uses Big Second Half to Defeat Michigan

South Carolina, down 19-3 in the third quarter, rallied to score 23 unanswered points to win the 2018 edition of the Outback Bowl 26-19 over the Michigan Wolverines. The Gamecocks forced five turnovers while chipping away at Michigan's advantage. Rico Dowdle was the first to reach the end zone with a 17-yard touchdown run. Outback Bowl MVP Jake Bentley would connect with Bryan Edwards for a 21-yard score before throwing a 53-yard strike to Shi Smith. A 22-yard field goal by Parker White capped the 26-19 victory for South Carolina. Check out our photo gallery for game day photos. Will Muschamp Quotes | Jake Bentley Quotes | Jim Harbaugh Quotes

Ringing in the New Year Outback Bowl Style!

Fans in the Tampa area got a chance to cheer on their teams Sunday night in historic Ybor City at the New Year's Eve Parade and Pep Rally. The parade included floats, the Michigan and South Carolina marching bands, and several high school bands. Both team bands and cheerleaders fired up fans by performing in the pep rally and battle of the bands that followed! View photos from New Year's Eve in our photo gallery.

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