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Discover Orange Bowl

DATE: January 1, 2013
TEAMS:

N. Illinois vs Florida St.
(MAC vs ACC)

VENUE: Sun Life Stadum
LOCATION: Miami, Florida

The Orange Bowl is one of the oldest bowls in college football dating all the way back to 1935. That year the Miami (Fl.) Hurricanes faced off against the Bucknell Bison. The Bison ran away with that game by a score of 26-0. Since then the Orange Bowl has been one of the few bowls that sets the bar for the rest of the college bowl season. The bowl is one of the many games that make New Year's Day one of the best days of the year for football fans and non-football fans alike. The Orange Bowl is played in Pro Player Stadium in the heart of Miami and is also the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and MLB’s Florida Marlins. The game consistently sells out the 75,000+ seat stadium year in and year out and showcases some of the best college bowl games that many have seen in a long time. This year the Orange Bowl will be the site of the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game between The ACC Champion and an At-large pick chosen by special Committee. 

One of the greatest Orange Bowls and one of the greatest bowl games ever came in 1994 when the Nebraska Cornhuskers matched up against the Florida State Seminoles for the right be called the national champions. In the second quarter the Seminoles’ kicker Scott Bentley pushed through two field goals on both sides of a Cornhusker touchdown pass from Quarterback Tommie Frazier to split end Reggie Baul. In the second half the Seminoles came out quick and went on a 67 yard drive and scored on a one yard dive from fullback William Floyd and after a failed two point conversion the Seminoles took the lead 12-7. The Seminoles were led on another drive down field by their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward and Bentley kicked another field goal to put the Seminoles up 15-7 with a few minutes left in the third quarter.

The Huskers then went on a seven play 73 yard drive that was capped off by a 12 yard Lawrence Phillips touchdown run and after a failed two point conversion the score was 15-13. With 1:16 left Nebraska got into field goal range and Byron Bennett kicked what seemed to be the game winner, but the Heisman Trophy winner refused to quit. He completed two passes for 30 yards and ran for two yards on a crucial fourth and one to set up a 22 yard chip shot for Bentley with 21 seconds left in the game. Bentley hit it and the Seminoles took the lead 16-13. The game was thought to be over when Frazier hit his tight end Trumane Bell, but officials determined there was still one second left on the clock and had to clear the field for the second finish of the game. The Huskers had one last chance to win with a 45 yard field goal opportunity, but Bennett’s attempt sailed wide left and the Seminoles won the National Championship.

The 2009 Orange Bowl featured the ACC Champion Virginia Tech Hokies against the Big East Champion the Cincinnati Bearcats.  The game, played at Dolphin Stadium had over fifty -seven thousand people in attendance watched the Hokies run all over the Bearcats 20-7.  In 2010, the 10-2 Iowa Hawkeyes met up against the 11-2 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in front of over sixty-six thousand rowdy fans and was the final game to be televised on FOX as ESPN takes over broadcasting duties in 2011.

 
 

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