|2000 Toyota Gator Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 2000|
|MVP||LB Nate Webster (Miami)
QB Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech)
The Jackets had at one point been ranked as high as 7th in the polls before two losses had made them fall to 17th. They finished 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was their third consecutive bowl season. The Hurricanes finished 2nd in the Big East Conference with a loss to Virginia Tech late in the season costing them a share of the title. But Miami was making their third bowl appearance under Davis, who was hired to help rebuild the program after a scandal that rocked the school in 1995.
Tech had multiple opportunities to score, but two interceptions and two missed field goals doomed the Jackets in their first bowl loss since 1978. Miami scored the first 14 points of the game on a James Jackson rushing touchdown and a Andre King touchdown catch from Kenny Kelly. Tech mustered a Joe Hamilton touchdown late in the first half but Miami scored before the half ended on a Clinton Portis 73 yard run to lead 21-7. From that point on, Tech scored just six points on two Luke Manget field goals, which narrowed it to 21-13. But Ken Dorsey's touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne midway through the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Hurricanes.
Miami would go to the Sugar Bowl the next year, their last bowl game with Davis before he departed for the Cleveland Browns. The Jackets would go to one more bowl game with O'Leary before he left the program. The Jackets would return to the Gator Bowl seven years later.
|Total Offense Yards||447||462|
|Time of Possession||27:40||32:20|