2007 Music City Bowl History & More
Florida State DT Andre Fluellen
Florida State DT Andre Fluellen
Posted Dec 25, 2007

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Kentucky (7-5) vs. Florida State (7-5)

Dec. 31st, 4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Music City Bowl History
2006 Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
2005 Virginia 34, Minnesota 31
2004 Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
2003 Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14
2002 Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14
2001 Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 West Virginia 49, Mississippi 38
1999 Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13
1998 Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7

Best Wildcat Bowl Moment: Considering that Kentucky has won just three bowl games over the last 54 years, there aren’t many options.  If you dig deep enough, however, you’ll find a hidden gem in the 1951 Sugar Bowl.  Under the guidance of Bear Bryant, the Wildcats shocked national champion Oklahoma 13-7 behind a stingy defense and a pair of Wilbur Jamerson touchdowns to finish with 11 wins for the first time in school history.

Best Seminole Bowl Moment: The ‘Noles’ 14-game bowl unbeaten streak from 1982-1998 is one of the most incredible runs of any kind in college football history.  The high point of that boon—and there were many—was the classic 1994 Orange Bowl with Nebraska that matched the top two teams in the country.  Florida State took an 18-16 lead on a Scott Bentley chip shot with 21 seconds left, but had to watch as a Byron Bennett field goal attempt fittingly sailed wide left before wrapping up the win and the school’s first national championship.  

Kentucky's best win ... Kentucky 24 ... Georgia 20
Kentucky's Tony Dixon ran for a three-yard touchdown with just over a minute to play, and then Trevard Lindley sealed the upset picking off Matthew Stafford. The Bulldogs took the lead halfway through the third quarter on a three-yard Danny Ware touchdown run, but the extra point went wide leaving the door open for UK to tie it with a field goal and leading to the Dixon run. Stafford threw a ten-yard touchdown pass to Mario Raley in the first quarter and Brannan Southerland ran for a one-yard score to take a 14-3 lead in the first half, but UK came back on two Keenan Burton touchdown catches.

Kentucky's worst loss ... LSU 49 ... Kentucky 0
LSU rolled over Kentucky with 278 passing yards and 268 on the ground with JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn each throwing two touchdown passes and Jacob Hester running for two first half scores. Russell connected with Dwayne Bowe on first half scoring passes from seven and 48 yards out on the way to a 28-0 first half lead, and then Bowe caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn in the third. Kentucky only gained 227 yards of total offense.

Clemson's best win ...
Clemson 31 ... Georgia Tech 7
Clemson pulled off a shocker running for 321 yards on the normally stout Georgia Tech defense and getting beaten for three second half home runs. C.J. Spiller ripped off a 50-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter to go up 17-0, and then the Yellow Jackets came up with their best drive of the night capped off with a brilliant 35-yard touchdown catch from James Johnson. Spiller answered with a brilliant 50-yard score  taking a short pass and making two defenders grasp for air on the way to the end zone. James Davis capped off a big day with a five-yard scoring run. Georgia Tech star receiver Calvin Johnson was held without a catch.

Clemson's worst loss ...
Virginia Tech 24 ... Clemson 7
Virginia Tech RB Branden Ore ran for 203 yards and two scores while the defense held Clemson to just 166 yards of total offense in the stunning win. The Tigers scored first getting a good early drive finishing with a six-yard James Davis run, and then Tech turned it on with Sean Glennon getting into the end zone after Ore dove down to the six-inch line, Brandon Pace hitting a 37-yard field goal, and Ore running it in from 11 and three yards out. The Hokie D allowed 76 yards over the final three quarters.

2006 Music City Bowl
Virginia 34 ... Minnesota 31

Virginia overcame an early 14-0 deficit to finally get the winning points on a 39-yard field goal from Connor Hughes with 1:08 to play. Minnesota had one last shot, but QB Bryan Cupito's bomb was intercepted in the end zone. The Gopher passing game rolled with four Cupito touchdown passes, with two to Jared Ellerson from 57 and 23 yards out, but the balance of the Virginia attack, and the play of QB Marques Hagans, wouldn't let up. Hagans barely avoided a safety on Virginia's final drive, and ended up leading the offense to a 75-yard, 13 play drive for the winning field goal. Wali Lundy ran for two scores for the Cavaliers.
Player of the game: Virginia QB Marques Hagans completed 24 of 32 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and ran for 26 yards on ten carries.
Stat Leaders: Minnesota - Passing: Bryan Cupito, 18-28, 263 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Laurence Maroney, 26-109. Receiving: Ernest Wheelwright, 7-120, 1 TD
Virginia - Passing: Marques Hagans, 25-32, 358 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Wali Lundy, 16-59, 2 TD. Receiving: Deyon Williams, 6-88, 1 TD

Florida State Bowl History (21-12-1)
2006 Emerald Florida State 44, UCLA 27
2005 Orange Penn State 26, Florida State 23 (3 OT)
2004 Gator Florida State 30, West Virginia 18
2003 Sugar Miami 16, Florida State 14
2002 Sugar Georgia 26, Florida State 13
2001 Gator Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 17
2000 Orange Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
1999 Sugar Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29
1998 Fiesta Tennessee 23, Florida State 16
1997 Sugar Florida State 31, Ohio State 14
1996 Sugar Florida 52, Florida State 20
1995 Orange Florida State 31, Notre Dame 26
1994 Sugar Florida State 23, Florida 17
1993 Orange Florida State 18, Nebraska 16
1992 Orange Florida State 27, Nebraska 14
1991 Cotton Florida State 10, Texas A&M 2
1990 Blockbuster Florida State 24, Penn State 17
1989 Fiesta Florida State 41, Nebraska 17
1988 Sugar Florida State 13, Auburn 7
1987 Fiesta Florida State 31, Nebraska 28
1986 All-American Florida State 27, Indiana 13
1985 Gator Florida State 34, Oklahoma State 23
1984 Citrus Florida State 17, Georgia 17
1983 Peach Florida State 28, North Carolina 3
1982 Gator Florida State 31, West Virginia 12
1980 Orange Oklahoma 18, Florida State 17
1979 Orange Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
1977 Tangerine Florida State 40, Texas Tech 17
1971 Fiesta Arizona State 45, Florida State 38
1968 Peach LSU 31, Florida State 21
1967 Gator Florida State 17, Penn State 17
1966 Sun Wyoming 28, Florida State 20
1965 Gator Florida State 36, Oklahoma 19
1958 Bluegrass Oklahoma State 15, Florida State 6
1954 Sun Texas Western 47, Florida State 20
1950 Cigar Florida State 19, Wofford 6
Kentucky Bowl History (6-5)
2006 Music City Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
1999 Music City Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13
1998 Outback Penn State 26, Kentucky 14
1993 Peach Clemson 14, Kentucky 13
1984 Hall of Fame Kentucky 20, Wisconsin 19
1983 Hall of Fame West Virginia 20, Kentucky 16
1976 Peach Kentucky 21, North Carolina 0
1951 Cotton Kentucky 20, TCU 7
1950 Sugar Kentucky 13, Oklahoma 7
1949 Orange Santa Clara 21, Kentucky 13
1947 Great Lakes Kentucky 24, Villanova 14