1971 Tangerine Bowl was held on December 28, 1971 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference defeated the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference by a score of 28–3. The Tangerine Bowl is a former name of what is now called the Capital One Bowl.
Heading into the game, the
University of Toledo had an unblemished 11–0–0 record. They were MAC champions and were ranked #14 in the AP Poll. The Toledo Rockets were heavy favorites; they were riding a 34-game winning streak and attempting to finish their third straight undefeated and untied season in a row. Their nationally ranked defense, led by All-American Mel Long, helped the Rockets out-gain the Spiders 395–138 in total yards.
University of Richmond entered with a 5–6–0 record. They were Southern Conference champions after they defeated William & Mary, 21–19, in the regular season finale to clinch the conference title. The Spiders were appearing in their second-ever postseason bowl game (their first, ironically, was the 1968 Tangerine Bowl three years prior to that). It would ultimately be the school's final bowl game as well.
The Toledo Rockets would finish #14 in the season's final AP Poll.
27-yard field goal by Keith Clark
Fumble recovery returned 0 yards for touchdown by , Mel Long George Keim kick good
Joe Schwartz 1-yard touchdown run, George Keim kick good
1-yard touchdown run, Chuck Ealey George Keim kick good
Joe Schwartz 3-yard touchdown run, George Kein kick good
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1968 Tangerine Bowl, Richmond Spiders football media guide. University of Richmond. Retrieved on 27 November 2009.