Archive for Sunday, January 2, 2011

Meyer leaves winner; Florida wins Outback Bowl

January 2, 2011


— Joe Paterno and Urban Meyer met at midfield for a postgame handshake and hug, the 84-year-old Penn State coach looking forward to next season, the 46-year-old Florida coach heading toward some time away from the game.

Meyer closed out a highly successful six-year run that included a pair of national championships by leading the Gators back from a second-half deficit to beat JoePa’s Nittany Lions, 37-24, in the Outback Bowl on Saturday.

“I’m at full peace because I saw a bunch of smiles in that locker room,” said Meyer, who announced his resignation last month.

Omarius Hines and Mike Gillislee ran for touchdowns, Chas Henry kicked three second-half field goals, and Ahmad Black sealed the win with an 80-yard interception return TD to help Florida (8-5) send Meyer out with a smile of his own.


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