Volunteers squeak past Hoosiers for 2020 Gator Bowl win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Volunteers squeaked past the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The Volunteers won 23-22 over the Hoosiers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

With the win, the Volunteers improved to 8-5 on the season. Tennessee won seven of its last eight games to end the season with the only loss coming to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-13, on Oct. 19.

Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano hands the ball off to Tim Jordan against the Auburn Tigers
Jarrett Guarantano hands the ball off to Tim Jordan against the Auburn Tigers (Getty Images)

The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 8-5 on the season. Indiana lost three of its last four games with the lone win coming in a 44-41 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Nov. 30.

The Volunteers are now 29-24 all-time in Bowl games. This is Tennessee’s fourth straight Bowl win, including two wins in the Gator Bowl.

They have not lost a Bowl game since the 2010 season when they were defeated 30-27 by the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Hoosiers fell to 3-9 all-time in Bowl games. Indiana has lost five straight Bowl games with the loss.

Indiana has not win a Bowl game since the 1991 season when the team 24-0 over the Baylor Bears in the Weiser Lock Copper Bowl (now the Cheez-It Bowl).

Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano went 18 of 31 for 221 yards. He threw two interceptions.

Eric Gray had 14 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Josh Palmer had six receptions for 68 yards.

Hoosiers quarterback Peyton Ramsey went 20 of 34 for 227 yards. He also threw an interception.

Ramsey had 17 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Hendershot had six receptions for 67 yards.

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