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College Football
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Florida 37, Penn State 24
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 1, 2011
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Temperature: 72°
Head Official: Jack Childress
Attendance: 60574

Florida's Ahmad Black intercepted Matthew McGloin and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown, thwarting Penn State's potential winning drive and lifting the Gators to a 37-24 victory in the Outback Bowl on Saturday in Urban Meyer's last game as Florida's head coach.

It wasn't pretty -- the teams combined for seven turnovers and neither topped 300 yards of total offense until Penn State's final drive. But the Gators (8-5) managed to put together three consecutive scoring drives spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to take the lead after falling behind 24-17.

The Gators used a trio of quarterbacks, but freshman Jordan Reed was the most effective, completing 8-of-13 passes for 61 yards and rushing for 70 yards on 24 carries. McGloin drove the Nittany Lions (7-6) to the Florida 25-yard line with 1:11 left, but Black's second interception of the game ended the threat. McGloin finished with 209 yards on 17-of-42 passing with five interceptions. Evan Royster rushed for 99 yards on 20 carries for Penn State.

Florida punter Chas Henry, who also took over as the Gators' kicker after Caleb Sturgis suffered a hairline fracture of his vertebrae during the regular season, made three field goals in the second half.

The game was the 37th bowl game for Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who has said he will return next season.
Top Game Performances
Rushing
Penn State   Florida
Evan Royster Player Jordan Reed
20 Attempts 24
98 Yards 68
4.9 Avg Yards 2.8
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Receiving
Penn State   Florida
Derek Moye Player Omarius Hines
5 Receptions 2
79 Yards 27
15.8 Avg Yards 13.5
1 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Penn State 350 139 211 3 1 1 1.0 0
Florida 279 178 101 3 3 5 0.0 0