15 Fun Facts About The Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, and the Capital One Bowl


What started out as the Tangerine Bowl has seen some great college football performances over the years. This has been a special bowl game with some special moments. The players and teams who have taken the field there, regardless of what the name of the bowl game was at the time, have earned their spot in history.

Here is a look at some fun facts about the Capital One Bowl.

-The bowl was known as the Tangerine Bowl from 1947 to 1982. It was then known as the Florida Citrus Bowl from 1983 to 2002. Finally, it was renamed the Capital One Bowl in 2003.

-The first Tangerine Bowl in 1947 had an attendance of just 9,000 people.

-The most people ever to watch one of these games was in the 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl that featured the Florida Gators defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions. 72,940 people were in attendance that day.

-The first two Tangerine Bowls were won by Catawba College. Both games were shutouts as they beat Maryville 31-0 in 1947 and then beat Marshall 7-0 in 1948.

-Every bowl game in this series has played at the Florida Citrus Bowl which has previously gone by the names of Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl, and Citrus Bowl. In fact, it had two runs where it was known as Orlando Stadium, first from 1936 to 1946 and then again from 1977 to 1982.

-In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the University of Toledo rolled off three straight Tangerine Bowl victories. They beat Davidson in 1969, William & Mary in 1970, and Richmond in 1971.

-Not only did the Toledo Rockets win three straight Tangerine Bowls but their quarterback Chuck Ealey was the MVP of each of those wins.

-The University of Miami of Ohio was the second team to win three consecutive Tangerine Bowls. They defeated the University of Florida in 1973, the University of Georgia in 1974, and the University of South Carolina in 1975.

-The Toledo Rockets hold the record for the most points scored in a Tangerine Bowl. They set the record in 1969 when they defeated Davidson by the score of 56-33.

-The most points ever scored in a losing effort is 42 and was put up by Ohio University in a 1968 loss to Richmond who had scored 49.

-The 1973 Tangerine Bowl is the only game to have not been played at the historic home stadium. It was relocated to nearby Florida Field in Gainesville, the home field of the Florda Gators, while the Tangerine Bowl was being remodeled and upgraded. A controversial move was made in inviting the Gators to play on their home field in a bowl game. That game was won by the visiting Miami University Redskins of Ohio.

-The 2003 Capital One Bowl was the first time the game had gone to overtime. Georgia eventually proved victorious as it defeated Purdue 34-27.

-The first tie game in the bowl’s history came in just the third year of its existence. The 1949 Tangerine Bowl had Murray State and Sul Ross State play to a 21-21 tie.

-Four times in history have colleges lost back to back bowls in this series. Emory & Henry College lost the 1950 and 1951 Tangerine Bowls, Southern Mississippi lost the 1956 and 1957 Tangerine Bowls, West Chester College lost the 1966 and 1967 Tangerine Bowls, and Ohio State University lost the 1995 and 1996 Florida Citrus Bowls.

-Some players that won the MVP Award of this bowl game and then went on to make a name for themselves in professional football include Bob Waters, Willie Lanier, Freddie Solomon, Jack Lambert, Sherman Smith, Cris Collinsworth, Terry Allen, Jeff George, Garrison Hearst, Bobby Engram, Peyton Manning, Fred Taylor, Plaxico Burress, Ronnie Brown, Chad Henne, and Matthew Stafford.

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