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Nebraska QB Joe Ganz
Nebraska QB Joe Ganz
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Posted Dec 29, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 Gator Bowl.

Gator Bowl History
2008 Texas Tech 31, Virginia 28
2007 W. Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2006 Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24
2005 Florida St 30, West Virginia 18
2004 Maryland 41, West Virginia 7
2003 NC State 28, Notre Dame 6
2002 Florida St 30, Virginia Tech 17
2001 Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 20
2000 Miami 28, Georgia Tech 13
1999 Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
1998 North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3
1997 North Carolina 20, West Virginia 13
1996 Syracuse 41, Clemson 0
1994 Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 23
1993 Alabama 24, North Carolina 10
1992 Florida 27, NC State 10
1991 (Dec.) Oklahoma 48, Virginia 14
1991 (Jan.) Michigan 35, Mississippi 3
1989 (Dec.) Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
1989 (Jan.) Georgia 34, Michigan State 27
1987 LSU 30, South Carolina 13
1986 Clemson 27, Stanford 21
1985 Florida State 34, Oklahoma St 23
1984 Oklahoma State 21, South Carolina 14
1983 Florida 14, Iowa 6
1982 Florida St 31, West Virginia 12
1981 North Carolina 31, Arkansas 27
1980 Pitt 37, South Carolina 9
1979 North Carolina 17, Michigan 15
1978 Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
1977 Pitt 34, Clemson 3
1976 Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
1975 Maryland 13, Florida 0
1974 Auburn 27, Texas 3
1973 Texas Tech 28, Tennessee 19
1972 Auburn 24, Colorado 3
1971 (Dec.) Georgia 7, North Carolina 3
1970 (Jan.) Auburn 35, Mississippi 28
1969 Florida 14, Tennessee 13
1968 Missouri 35, Alabama 10
1967 Florida State 17, Penn State 17
1966 Tennessee 18, Syracuse 12
1965 (Dec.) Georgia Tech 31, Texas Tech 21
1965 (Jan.) Florida State 36, Oklahoma 19
1963 North Carolina 35, Air Force 0
1962 Florida 17, Penn State 7
1961 Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
1960 (Dec.) Florida 13, Baylor 12
1960 (Jan.) Arkansas 14, Georgia Tech 7
1958 Mississippi 7, Florida 3
1957 Tennessee 3, Texas A&M 0
1956 Georgia Tech 21, Pitt 14
1955 Vanderbilt 25, Auburn 13
1954 (Dec.) Auburn 33, Baylor 13
1954 (Jan.) Texas Tech 35, Auburn 13
1953 Florida 14, Tulsa 13
1952 Miami 14, Clemson 0
1951 Wyoming 20, Wash. & Lee 0
1950 Maryland 20, Missouri 7
1949 Clemson 24, Missouri 23
1948 Georgia 20, Maryland 20
1947 Oklahoma 34, NC State 13
1946 Wake Forest 26, South Carolina 14

2009 Gator Bowl

Nebraska (8-4) vs. Clemson (7-5)

 
Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Tiger Bowl Moment: It’s been a quarter of a century since Clemson participated in one of college football’s marquee bowl games. Back in 1982, the Tigers played No. 4 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl with national supremacy hinging on the outcome. Danny Ford’s underrated defensive unit frustrated the star-studded Husker offense in a 22-15 win that gave the Tigers a perfect season and its only national championship.   
 
Best Husker Bowl Moment: Nebraska’s massive bowl resume includes an unheard of 30 New Year’s Day appearances. You can go in so many directions with this question, such as pasting No. 2 Alabama in the 1972 Orange Bowl, pounding Notre Dame 40-6 in the 1973 Orange Bowl in Bob Devaney’s final game, breaking a seven-game bowl slide, or winning the national title with a win over Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl. However, no game stands out more than the 62-24 demolition of Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. In a match up of No. 1 vs. No. 2, the Huskers rushed for a bowl-record 524 yards, putting forth one of the most dominant big game performances the sport has ever witnessed.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Clemson:
RB C.J. Spiller. Teammate James Davis is running out of eligibility. Spiller is running out of reasons to return to school for his senior year. He’s an NFL-ready talent with the extra gear that makes scouts salivate. Although Spiller has been the understudy to Davis at Clemson, he’s likely to hear his name called first if he opts to declare early for April’s draft.
 
Nebraska: QB Joe Ganz. From career caddy to unlikely Husker hero, it’s been an interesting ride for Ganz in Lincoln. He got his break in last November’s loss to Kansas and never lost the job, tossing 38 touchdown passes in the 15 games since. While not blessed with the tools of a future first-day draft choice, his leadership, grasp of the offense, and presence in the huddle have been instrumental in Nebraska’s turnaround this season.
 
Breakout Player ...

Clemson
: DE Da’Quan Bowers. After getting his feet wet as a true freshman, Bowers should be ready to explode a year from now. An athletic 6-4, 275-pounder, he has an immense upside that’ll begin to reach the surface next year. Once he improves his technique and understanding of the defense, he’ll have a chance to be one of the true pass-rushing monsters of the ACC.
 
Nebraska
: RB Roy Helu. Helu. wasn’t quite ready to be the Husker workhorse early in the season. He is now. The sophomore went on a tear in November, averaging 127 yards a game and giving Nebraska some much-needed balance during a solid stretch run. A tough, efficient runner, Helu is making a strong statement to be the focal point of the offense in 2009.   
 

Best Non-Game Event
One of the most talked about events that players and fans seem to enjoy is their day at Adventure Landing where they can enjoy many outdoor activities, such as go-karts, miniature golf and indoor games, like laser tag and arcade games. Fans get to mingle with their teams and have the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite players.

Player Gift Package
Players in this year’s game will receive a Bulova watch, luggage, Oakley Thumps, and a commemorative hat.

Charitable Component
The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl falls under the umbrella of the Gator Bowl Association. The Gator Bowl Association’s primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in the North Florida area.  Gator Bowl charitable recipients include: Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Boselli “Celebrate Youth” Scholarship, First Coast Schools, Pop Warner Scholarship, and Dreams Come True.

How Success is Measured
The primary goal of the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl is to showcase the city of Jacksonville to the teams and fans of both universities playing in the game. The bowl strives to conduct first-class events and provide a first-class experience for these individuals. Success can be measured in many ways, but the committee is most proud when it hears players, coaches, and fans state it was one of the best bowls they’ve been to.

MVP of the Bowl
Since there are over 700 volunteers that work on 33 events the Gator Bowl Associations hosts year round, including the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, it’s difficult to single out one individual who is indispensable. The association’s leadership is also made up of area businessmen and women who volunteer their time and energy to oversee all aspects of the group, including the bowl game from the Executive Committee level.  The most coveted position would be the chairman, who is selected to serve a one-year term at the helm.  Brian Goin, Vice President of the PGA Tour, is this year’s Chairman of the Gator Bowl Association.

Impact to the Community
The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl draws from 30,000 to 35,000 out-of-town fans, who stay an average of two nights, resulting in a direct economic impact of $12.5 million for the city of Jacksonville and the North Florida area.

Role of Volunteers
The Gator Bowl Association has more than 700 volunteers, who work countless hours throughout the year to insure the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and its related events are successful and conducted in a first-class manner. The bowl has volunteers, who represent all walks of life from businessmen to college students.  Their responsibilities can range from greeters, university hosts, parade marshals, and giant helium balloon handlers to event set-up and game day runners. It’s to their credit that the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl reaps its rewards.

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Nebraska Bowl History (22-22)
2006 Cotton Auburn 17, Nebraska 14
2005 Alamo Nebraska 32, Michigan 28
2003 Alamo Nebraska 17, Michigan St 3
2002 Indep. Mississippi 27, Nebraska 23
2001 Rose Miami 37, Nebraska 14
2000 Alamo Nebraska 62, Northwestern 17
1999 Fiesta Nebraska 31, Tennessee 21
1998 Holiday Arizona 23, Nebraska 20
1997 Orange Nebraska 42, Tennessee 17
1996 Orange Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21
1995 Fiesta Nebraska 62, Florida 24
1994 Orange Nebraska 24, Miami 17
1993 Orange Florida State 18, Nebraska 16
1992 Orange Florida State 27, Nebraska 14
1991 Orange Miami 22, Nebraska 0
1990 Citrus Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21
1989 Fiesta Florida State 45, Nebraska 21
1988 Orange Miami 23, Nebraska 3
1987 Fiesta Florida State 31, Nebraska 28
1986 Sugar Nebraska 30, LSU 15
1985 Fiesta Michigan 27, Nebraska 23
1984 Sugar Nebraska 28, Louisiana State 10
1983 Orange Miami 31, Nebraska 30
1982 Orange Nebraska 21, LSU 20
1981 Orange Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
1980 Sun Nebraska 31, Miss State 17
1979 Cotton Houston 17, Nebraska 14
1978 Orange Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
1977 Liberty Nebraska 21, North Carolina 17
1976 Blue
bonnet
Nebraska 27, Texas Tech 2
1975 Fiesta Arizona St 17, Nebraska 14
1974 Sugar Nebraska 13, Florida 10
1973 Cotton Nebraska 19, Texas 3
1972 Orange Nebraska 40, Notre Dame 6
1971 Orange Nebraska 38, Alabama 6
1970 Orange Nebraska 17, LSU 12
1969 Sun Nebraska 45, Georgia 6
1966 Sugar Alabama 34, Nebraska 7
1965 Orange Alabama 39, Nebraska 28
1964 Cotton Arkansas 10, Nebraska 7
1963 Orange Nebraska 13, Auburn 7
1962 Gotham Nebraska 36, Miami 34
1954 Orange Duke 34, Nebraska 7
1940 Rose Stanford 21, Nebraska 13
 
Clemson Bowl History (15-15)
2007 Chick-fil-A Auburn 23, Clemson 20 OT
2006 Music City Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
2005 Champs Sports Clemson 19, Colorado 10
2004 Peach Clemson 27, Tennessee 14
2002 Tangerine Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15
2001 Humanitarian Clemson 49, Louisiana Tech 24
2000 Gator Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 20
1999 Peach Mississippi State 17, Clemson 7
1997 Peach Auburn 21, Clemson 17
1996 Peach LSU 10, Clemson 7
1995 Gator Syracuse 41, Clemson 0
1993 Peach Clemson 14, Kentucky 13
1991 Citrus California 37, Clemson 13
1990 Hall of Fame Clemson 30, Illinois 0
1989 Gator Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
1988 Citrus Clemson 13, Oklahoma 6
1987 Citrus Clemson 35, Penn State 10
1986 Gator Clemson 27, Stanford 21
1985 Independence Minnesota 20, Clemson 13
1981 Orange Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
1979 Peach Baylor 24, Clemson 18
1978 Gator Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
1977 Gator Pittsburgh 34, Clemson 3
1959 Bluebonnet Clemson 23, TCU 7
1958 Sugar LSU 7, Clemson 0
1956 Orange Colorado 27, Clemson 21
1951 Gator Miami 14, Clemson 0
1950 Orange Clemson 15, Miami 14
1948 Gator Clemson 24, Missouri 23
1939 Cotton Clemson 6, Boston College 3