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2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
74th Gator Bowl
NC State WolfpackTexas A&M Aggies
Head coach:
Dave Doeren
Head coach:
Jimbo Fisher
NC State3100013
Texas A&M714141752
DateDecember 31, 2018
StadiumTIAA Bank Field
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPTrayveon Williams (RB, Texas A&M) & Ryan Finley (QB, NC State)[1]
FavoriteTexas A&M by 5[2]
RefereeMark Duddy (Pac-12)
Halftime showFightin Texas Aggie Band [3]NC State Marching Band[4]
PayoutUS$3,168,000 [7]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersAdam Amin, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich
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The 2018 Gator Bowl was a college footballbowl game played on December 31, 2018.[8] It was the 74th edition of the Gator Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by the financial technology company TaxSlayer, the game was officially known as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, after four seasons without 'Gator' in the bowl name.

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The game featured the Texas A&M Aggies from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the NC State Wolfpack from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC); the teams had never played each other.[9] This was Texas A&M's second Gator Bowl and NC State's fourth.

Texas A&M Aggies[edit]

Texas A&M received and accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl on December 2.[9] The Aggies entered the bowl with an 8–4 record (5–3 in conference).

NC State Wolfpack[edit]

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NC State received and accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl on December 2.[9] The Wolfpack entered the bowl with a 9–3 record (5–3 in conference).

Game summary[edit]

After holding a 21–13 lead at halftime, Texas A&M outscored NC State 31–0 in the second half, for a 52–13 final. Aggie running back Trayveon Williams set a new Gator Bowl rushing record with 236 yards, breaking the prior record of 216 that had been set in the 1966 edition[10] by Floyd Little. The game's attendance of 38,206 was the smallest since the 1950s.[5][11]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
QuarterTimeDriveTeamScoring informationScore
114:412710:26A&MKellen Mond 62-yard touchdown run, Seth Small kick good07
12:2112715:53NCSU43-yard field goal by Christopher Dunn37
214:565271:35NCSUCJ Riley 9-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Finley, Christopher Dunn kick good107
210:457352:17NCSU49-yard field goal by Christopher Dunn137
26:434600:50A&MTrayveon Williams 2-yard touchdown run, Seth Small kick good1314
20:3211725:15A&MKendrick Rogers 6-yard touchdown reception from Kellen Mond, Seth Small kick good1321
311:18A&MInterception returned 78 yards for touchdown by Tyrel Dodson, Seth Small kick good1328
35:445822:30A&MTrayveon Williams 17-yard touchdown run, Seth Small kick good1335
413:561930:13A&MTrayveon Williams 93-yard touchdown run, Seth Small kick good1342
46:176383:14A&M35-yard field goal by Seth Small1345
40:226343:30A&MCullen Gillaspia 13-yard touchdown run, Daniel LaCamera kick good1352
'TOP' = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.1352


No. 19 Aggies714141752
First downs1518
Passing yards139140
Passing: Comp–Att–Int19–32–214–26–1
Time of possession32:5727:03
NC StatePassingRyan Finley19/32, 139 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
RushingReggie Gallaspy14 car, 79 yds
ReceivingEmeka Emezie6 rec, 36 yds
Texas A&MPassingKellen Mond14/26, 140 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
RushingTrayveon Williams19 car, 236 yds, 3 TD
ReceivingKendrick Rogers6 rec, 44 yds, 1 TD


  1. ^'2010's Game History'. taxslayergatorbowl.com. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  2. ^Fawkes, Ben (December 10, 2018). 'Odds for every 2018-19 CFB bowl game'. ESPN.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, 2018 Gator Bowl Halftime Drill TAMU vs NC State, retrieved 2019-01-11
  4. ^@taxslayerbowl (December 31, 2018). 'The @ncstatemusic marching band jazzed up the crowd during half-time' (Tweet). Retrieved December 31, 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ ab@APMarkLong (December 31, 2018). 'The Gator Bowl drew 38,206, the game's smallest crowd since 1952' (Tweet). Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^@AlexMill20 (December 31, 2018). 'Gator Bowl attendance: 38,206' (Tweet). Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  7. ^'2018 Bowl Schedule'. CFP.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  8. ^'2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule'. ESPN. May 2, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  9. ^ abchttps://12thman.com/news/2018/12/2/football-texas-am-accepts-invitation-to-taxslayer-gator-bowl.aspx
  10. ^@taxslayerbowl (December 31, 2018). 'With that 93-yard rush, @TrayveonW just broke the record for most rushing yards in a #TaxSlayerGatorBowl game' (Tweet). Retrieved December 31, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^'1950's Game History'. taxslayergatorbowl.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Box score at ESPN

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NFL wild-card Sunday overreactions: These are not the same old Browns

The Baltimore Ravens (12-5) and Buffalo Bills (14-3) face off on Saturday in a Divisional NFL playoff game.

Which team will get the victory?

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Check out these NFL playoff picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 6:15 p.m. MST time on NBC.

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© Charles Krupa, AP Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, rear, celebrates his touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, front, in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Bills are a 2.5-point favorite in the game.

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Pro Football Network: Bills 30, Ravens 21

Jarrett Bailey writes: 'Lamar Jackson got his first playoff win, as did Josh Allen, to set up this playoff matchup of 2018 first-round quarterbacks. While Baltimore’s defense is hot, it’s still clear that they cannot win by passing the ball. Jackson threw a bad ball that looked like it was intended for Malcolm Butler as he intercepted it. Jackson ran the ball exceptionally well, yes, there is no denying that, but in a game against the high-flying Buffalo Bills, you need to make key throws in order to win. Baltimore will also need their defense to match their performance in Tennessee next week in Buffalo. Buffalo Bills fans rejoiced as their team won their first playoff game since 1995. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs picked up where they left off in the regular season, connecting for a deep touchdown to help the Bills defeat the Colts at Orchard Park as the Bills earned their first playoff win in 26 years. One thing that does make me pause while looking at this game is the Bills’ run defense. If they sell out to stop the run and make Jackson throw to win the game, I like their chances.

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College Football News: Ravens 34, Bills 30

Pete Fiutak writes: 'Baltimore is playing its best football of the season at the exact right time. Lamar Jackson was brilliant against Tennessee, the defense stuffed Derrick Henry, and this was the confident, tough team that rolled through the end of the regular season with five straight wins. The Colts were always going to be a tough matchup for the Bills – they control the clock and have the great lines and veteran QB – but Josh Allen and the Bill offense didn’t blink. They didn’t have the ball all that much, but when they did, they were explosive. Here’s Buffalo’s problem – third downs. It lives off of them offensively – leading the league in third down conversions – but Baltimore is second in the NFL in third down stops and Lamar and that attack are fourth in the league at keeping the chains moving. The Ravens have the defense that’s humming, and they have Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins, and a running game that should rip through a Buffalo run defense that gives up way too many yards per carry.'

CBS Sports breaks down the odds for the game


Cody Benjamin writes: 'The tightest game of the Divisional Round, according to oddsmakers, this may end up being the most entertaining of the weekend. Between Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson, who entered the NFL during the same draft in 2018, the Bills and Ravens figure to put on a clinic of dual-threat QB play. Buffalo wasn't perfect in its close win over the Colts during Wild-Card Weekend, but neither were the Ravens against the Titans on Sunday. The Bills are likely only getting the slight nod here because they'll be at home with an extra day of rest, but this one, frankly, is all about whether you believe more in Jackson's legs or Allen's arm.'

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Sportsnaut: Bills 31, Ravens 27

Vincent Frank writes: 'Talk about a matchup of two of the top all-around quarterbacks in the NFL with a spot in the AFC Championship Game on the line. It’s going to be an absolute blast to see reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson go up against a signal caller in Josh Allen who should finish in the top-three in voting this coming February. Allen was absolutely dynamite throughout the regular season. However, the Bills’ star picked it up big time during the final six games and during last week’s win over the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL Playoffs. This seven-game span has seen Allen compile north of 2,200 total yards with 22 total touchdowns against three interceptions, leading the Bills to an average of 38 points per game. As for Jackson, he’s been on a tear since returning from a scary bout with COVID-19 back in Week 13. The quarterback has Baltimore in the midst of a six-game winning streak of its own. The Ravens ae averaging 33.8 points per game during that span. This game pretty much comes down to one major factor. Allen is more of a threat in the passing game. Sure Jackson will make a major impact on the ground. But Allen is not chopped liver in this regard. After all, he did put up 428 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground during the regular year. That should be able to keep elite EDGE rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon at bay for the most part, leading to a big day from NFL regular-season receiving leader Stefon Diggs.'

Sports Interaction: Go with the Ravens with the points

Payton Matthews writes: 'The winner here would go to Kansas City for the AFC title game if the Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. No teams are playing better than these two. Baltimore was a 3.5-point favourite at Tennessee on Sunday and won its sixth straight game, 20-13. The ground attack has been the key behind the Ravens’ surge, and they rushed for 236 yards on 35 carries Sunday. QB Lamar Jackson led with 136 yards and a TD on 16 carries in getting his first career playoff victory in his third try. Baltimore snapped a string of 21 straight games lost by the franchise in either the regular season or playoffs when trailing by 10 or more points. It should be noted that the biggest weakness of the Buffalo defence is against the run. The Bills won their seventh straight game Saturday, 27-24 over Indianapolis – although Buffalo nearly blew a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead in its first playoff victory in 25 years. Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two scores and led the team with 54 yards rushing and a TD. The Colts were able to rush for 163 yards and a score, so that’s the run defense we are talking about. Baltimore and Buffalo didn’t play this season. They did in Week 14 last year and the Ravens were 24-17 road victors.'

Pro Football Network: Bills 30, Ravens 28

Oliver Hodginkson writes: 'Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills survived a close game with the Indianapolis Colts to advance to the Divisional Round. Their reward? A clash with a Baltimore Ravens team that locked down and ran roughshod over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon, dispelling the narrative that Lamar Jackson can’t win a playoff game in the process. Although the Bills have appeared unstoppable in recent weeks on their way to the second seed, this game isn’t going to a walkover for them by any stretch of the imagination. The Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league. As a result, the matchup between Stefon Diggs and a secondary that contains Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey will be must-see TV. They’re also strong up front, posing a threat to Allen’s ability to run the ball. The Bills haven’t been as impressive defensively as they are offensively. Therefore, the Ravens have a reason to believe they can come away with a win. Buffalo has allowed over 20 rushing touchdowns in 2020 and we all know how potent the Baltimore ground game is. As a result, we’re set for a classic battle on Saturday night.'

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ESPN: Ravens have a 51.4% chance to win the game

The site's Football Performance Index gives the Bills a 48.6% chance to pick up the victory.

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