In a matchup between coaching legends Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon completed 22-of-36 passes for 248 yards to lead the Seminoles to a 24-17 win over Penn State in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl
Pittsburgh, making its first bowl trip since 1989, defeated NC State, 34-19, in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl in the game?s first installment in Orlando. Receiver Antonio Bryant caught seven passes for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Panthers and earn Most Valuable Player honors for the game.
The Florida State Seminoles rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 18-14, in the final edition of the Champs Sports Bowl. Following a fourth quarter interception by FSU linebacker Nigel Bradham, the Seminoles found the endzone in two plays as QB EJ Manuel completed the go-ahead touchdown pass to true freshman, and game MVP, Rashad Greene and erased a 14-0 deficit.
Despite being without its top two quarterbacks, top running back and award-winning wide receiver, Baylor exploded for a bowl-record 756 yards of total offense, shattering other numerous bowl records along their way to a 49-38 victory over North Carolina.
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