November 25, 2003 |
Maryland accepted an invitation yesterday to play in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., for the first time since 1975. Colorado State, meanwhile, accepted an invitation to play in the San Francisco Bowl. Both teams will face opponents to be determined from the Big East Conference. Colorado State (7-5) had expected to get the bid after its 24-23 win Saturday night at Nevada-Las Vegas. The worst Maryland (8-3) can do is tie for second with Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
November 27, 2001 |
Virginia Tech gets another chance at Florida State in a bowl game, but the stakes won't be as high as they were in the Sugar Bowl two years ago. The Hokies and Seminoles agreed yesterday to play in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, a far cry from the '99 Sugar Bowl, when Florida State won the national title with a 46-29 win over Virginia Tech. Florida State, 6-4 and unranked entering Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, has played in the last three title games. No. 14 Virginia Tech is 8-2 entering Saturday's game against No. 1 Miami.
June 23, 1994 |
The Gator Bowl, bolstered by a deal with CBS, submitted the apparent top bid of $25 million to host a national championship game under the new bowl alliance. Several bowls offered more than $100 million for a six-year package, including the Gator Bowl's proposal of $103 million. The bid could vault the Gator from second-tier status into the ranks of major bowls. "Obviously it's a very aggressive bid," Gator Bowl executive director Rick Catlett said yesterday. "We're very excited about the possibility of being involved with the alliance.
January 1, 1988 |
Wendell Davis caught nine passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns yesterday, leading Louisiana State to a 30-13 Gator Bowl victory over South Carolina. The seventh-ranked Tigers, runners-up in the Southeastern Conference, improved to 10-1-1, their first 10-victory season since 1961. LSU had not won a bowl game in four previous attempts this decade. Their last postseason victory came in the 1979 Tangerine Bowl against Wake Forest. Ninth-ranked South Carolina, winless in all seven of its bowl appearances, finished 8-4. Davis and quarterback Tommy Hodson, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 224 yards, carved up the Gamecocks' defense, which entered the game ranked second in the nation in points allowed (10.1 per game)
November 29, 2010 |
Take a look at the Big Ten standings and you'll find that Penn State defeated four teams that finished below it. Take another look and you'll find the Nittany Lions lost to four teams that finished above them or tied with them. That adds up to a 4-4 conference record and a shot at a bowl in Florida, perhaps the Gator on New Year's Day, a date on which Joe Paterno has coached 24 times, compiling a 17-7 record. Bowl bids will be announced Sunday. The Lions finished the regular season at 7-5 after Saturday's 28-22 loss to No. 11 Michigan State at wind-chilled Beaver Stadium.
November 11, 1990 |
It appears that Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden, the two winningest active coaches in college football, will at long last get the chance to match wits. And if they do, it will be while inaugurating a bowl game. A Penn State-Florida State matchup is likely in the Blockbuster Bowl on Dec. 28 at Joe Robbie Stadium near Miami, an official from that game said yesterday. "It's our dream game, Joe Paterno against Bobby Bowden, and there's no other way to say it except that we're very optimistic," Bruce Keller of the Blockbuster Bowl selection committee said yesterday before the Nittany Lions defeated Maryland at Beaver Stadium.
October 25, 1994 |
Florida coach Steve Spurrier declined to name who will start at quarterback Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs, but players say he told them it will be Danny Wuerffel. Spurrier told the team yesterday that Wuerffel, a sophomore, will replace senior Terry Dean, who was considered one of the early frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy before being benched two weeks ago in a 36-33 home loss to Auburn, players said. Dean threw four interceptions in the game and was replaced early in the third quarter by Wuerffel, who promptly threw three touchdown passes for the fifth-ranked Gators (5-1)
December 6, 2010 |
The grumbling among the dissidents in Nittany Nation may persist against Joe Paterno, but they have to agree on one thing: The soon-to-be-84-year-old Penn State head coach has still got it. Although the Nittany Lions finished 7-5 and lost to the two teams - Iowa and Illinois - that tied with them for fourth place in the Big Ten, they received the nod from the Outback Bowl and will take on Florida on Jan. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla....
September 9, 2010
A pair of rare rematches from Januarys gone by. Florida State (1-0), ranked 17th under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher, is at No. 10 Oklahoma (1-0). Those teams met in the 2000 national-title game in the Orange Bowl. The underdog Sooners and second-year coach Bob Stoops beat the defending champions, 13-2. FSU's Chris Weinke had won the Heisman Trophy, and OU's Josh Heupel finished runner-up (Purdue's Drew Brees and TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson were third and fourth). The programs went in opposite directions after that, which eventually led to Bobby Bowden's departure.
November 12, 1988 |
A win over Pitt today would go a long way toward salvaging this atypical season for Penn State, but it might also place Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno smack in the middle of a dilemma. A win might result in matching Paterno The Practician against Paterno The Idealist. Knocking off the Panthers would assure Penn State of at least a 6-5 season, which could get the Nittany Lions an invitation to the Sun Bowl, which finds even a mediocre State team attractive because of the large Eastern television market and the team's huge following.