2008 Meieke - Profiles, History & More
West Virginia QB Pat White
West Virginia QB Pat White
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl Player Profile

Western Michigan (8-4
) vs. North Carolina (8-4)

Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Meieke Bowl History
2007 Wake Forest 24, Connecticut 10
2006 Boston Coll 25, Navy 24
2005 NC State 14, South Florida 0
2004 Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 Virginia 23, Pittsburgh 16
2002 Virginia 48, West Virginia 22

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Tar Heel Bowl Moment: The Gator Bowl has been the scene of some of North Carolina’s biggest postseason triumphs, and nearly half of its 12 bowl wins. None was more impressive than the 1998 win, which featured a 42-3 Tar Heel demolition of Virginia Tech. The blowout put an exclamation point on an 11-1 season, one of the most successful in Carolina history.

Best Mountaineer Bowl Moment: The postseason had been a horror show for West Virginia…until the 2006 Sugar Bowl and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. The same program that had lost 11 of its previous 12 bowl games jumped all over heavily-favored Georgia in the Georgia Dome before holding on for a 38-35 win that ranks among the most important in school history. This past January, the ‘eers, seemingly a rudderless ship, rallied around interim coach Bill Stewart, to stun Oklahoma in Arizona, 48-28, behind the heroics of Pat White and Noel Devine.

The Last Time You'll See ...

North Carolina: WR Hakeem Nicks. Nicks won’t decide about his future until after this game, but he’s giving a long look at the NFL, especially with the dearth of can’t-miss senior receivers. A three-year starter with 173 career receptions and little left to prove, he’s produced big plays every season in Chapel Hill. There’s no telling how good Nicks might have been had he not been saddled with mediocre quarterbacks.  

West Virginia: QB Pat White. If White’s not the best player in Mountaineer history, he’s certainly in the team photo. The kid from Alabama, who few schools recruited to play quarterback, went on to become a cult-hero in the state of West Virginia. Now the NCAA leader in rushing by a quarterback and a polished passer, his legacy in Morgantown will be felt long after he’s gone.

Breakout Player ...

North Carolina: LB Bruce Carter. Carter may be a linebacker these days, but he plays with all of the explosiveness and big-play ability of a former high school running back. He has blossomed in his second season into the type of defender and special teams performer who can change the momentum of a game with his speed and range. Carter leads the Heels in tackles for loss and sacks, and has four blocked punts, three coming in the Connecticut game.

West Virginia
: WR Jock Sanders. Think Noel Devine with better pass-catching skills. Sanders is a diminutive slot receiver who the Mountaineers like to get in space in a multitude of different ways. He’s caught a team-high 48 passes, averaged almost six yards on 45 carries, and leads the team in touchdowns scored. No. 9 is the kind of gamebreaker who can go the distance with one timely block.

Charitable Component
Through the title sponsor, the bowl has a relationship with Levine Children's Home. It is a wing of Carolinas Medical Center dedicated to serving sick children.

How Success is Measured
The bowl game is a success if the players and fans leave saying it was one of the best experiences they have had at a sporting event.

MVP of the Bowl
The Meineke Car Care Bowl staff works as a true team. Everyone is involved in all facets of the bowl game.

Impact to the Community
The event has an estimated economic impact of $20 million each year. Hotels and restaurants in Uptown saw very slow business during the end of December before the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Now, they have some of their busiest nights of the year.

Role of Volunteers
The Meineke Car Care Bowl has a limited number of volunteers, but they are crucial. The volunteers work with the teams, as liaisons and hospitality room managers.  

North Carolina Bowl History (12-13)
2004 Continental Tire Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2001 Peach North Carolina 16, Auburn 10
1998 Las Vegas North Carolina 20, San Diego State 13
1997 Gator North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3
1996 Gator North Carolina 20, West Virginia 13
1995 Carquest North Carolina 20, Arkansas 10
1994 Sun Texas 35, North Carolina 31
1993 Gator Alabama 24, North Carolina 10
1992 Peach North Carolina 21, Mississippi State 17
1986 Aloha Arizona 30, North Carolina 21
1983 Peach Florida State 28, North Carolina 3
1982 Sun North Carolina 26, Texas 10
1981 Gator North Carolina 31, Arkansas 27
1980 Bluebonnet North Carolina 16, Texas 7
1979 Gator North Carolina 17, MichiganState 15
1977 Liberty Nebraska 21, North Carolina 17
1976 Peach Kentucky 21, North Carolina 0
1974 Sun Mississippi State 26, North Carolina 24
1972 Sun North Carolina 32, Texas Tech 28
1971 Gator Georgia 7, North Carolina 3
1970 Peach Arizona State 48, North Carolina 26
1963 Gator North Carolina 35, Air Force 0
1949 Cotton Rice 27, North Carolina 13
1948 Sugar Oklahoma 14, North Carolina 6
1946 Sugar Georgia 20, North Carolina 10


West Virginia Bowl History (12-16)
2007 Gator West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2006 Sugar West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2004 Gator Florida State 30, West Virginia 18
2003 Gator Maryland 41, West Virginia 7
2002 Continental Tire Virginia 48, West Virginia 22
2000 Music City West Virginia 49, Mississippi 38
1998 Insight.com Missouri 34, West Virginia 31
1997 Carquest Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
1996 Gator North Carolina 20, West Virginia 13
1994 Carquest South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21
1993 Sugar Florida 41, West Virginia 7
1989 Gator Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
1988 Fiesta Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
1987 Sun Oklahoma State 35, West Virginia 33
1984 Bluebonnet West Virginia 31, TCU 14
1983 Hall of Fame West Virginia 20, Kentucky 16
1982 Gator Florida State 31, West Virginia 12
1981 Peach West Virginia 26, Florida 6
1975 Peach West Virginia 13, North Carolina State 10
1972 Peach North Carolina State 49, West Virginia 13
1969 Peach West Virginia 14, South Carolina 3
1964 Liberty Utah 32, West Virginia 6
1953 Sugar Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19
1948 Sun West Virginia 21, Texas Western 12
1937 Sun West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 6
1922 East-West West Virginia 21, Gonzaga 13

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