The Outback Bowl is an annual New Year's Day college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The event was originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994 until being renamed in 1995 for its new title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse. It is organized by the Tampa Bay Bowl Association under Jim McVay, who has been the president/CEO since 1988. The Outback Bowl is not Tampa's first bowl game, as the Cigar Bowl was played at old Phillips Field near downtown from 1947–1954. However, the earlier event matched small college teams, so the Outback Bowl was the first major bowl game to be played in the area. (A notable participant in the 1950 Cigar Bowl was Florida State, but the FSU football program had just begun at the time and they were not yet considered a major college team.)
The Hall of Fame Classic was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977–1985. In the spring of 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame decided to discontinue their association with the bowl and realign with a new bowl game to be played in Tampa Stadium which would inherit the Hall of Fame Bowl name. The bowl did not have agreements to bring in teams from particular conferences in its early years but often matched a school from either the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from another region. In 1999, the Outback Bowl was moved from Tampa Stadium into newly built Raymond James Stadium next door.
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Outback Bowl - Jalen Hurd - Netflix
Jalen Tyler Hurd (born January 23, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Baylor Bears. He previously played running back for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Outback Bowl - 2016 season - Netflix
Hurd came into his junior season in the same personnel package with Kamara and Kelly. In the season opener, a 20–13 overtime victory over Appalachian State, he had 28 carries for 110 rushing yards. He scored a touchdown in overtime off of a Joshua Dobbs fumble to give the Vols the go-ahead score. In the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol against Virginia Tech, he had 22 carries for 99 yards in the 45–24 victory. On September 24, in the 38–28 victory over the #19 Florida Gators, he had 26 carries for 95 yards to go along with two receptions for 25 yards and a receiving touchdown. In the game against #25 Georgia, with the Vols trailing 10–0, he looked as if was going to score a receiving touchdown, but he slowed down and coasted on the way to the goal line and was hit hard by a Bulldogs defender and fumbled. On October 31, 2016, after a 24–21 loss against South Carolina, head coach Butch Jones announced that Hurd would be transferring from the University of Tennessee, effective immediately. Hurd finished his Tennessee career with 2,638 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions, 492 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns.
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