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Virginia Tech CB Victor Harris
Virginia Tech CB Victor Harris
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Posted Dec 29, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more in the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl.

2009 FexEx Orange Bowl History & Profile
 
Virginia Tech (9-4) vs. Cincinnati (11-2)
  
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports

Orange Bowl History
2008 Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21
2007 Louisville 24, Wake Forest 13
2006 Penn St 26, Florida St 23 3OT
2005 USC 55, Oklahoma 19
2004 Miami 16, Florida State 14
2003 USC 38, Iowa 17
2002 Florida 56, Maryland 23
2001 Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
2000 Michigan 35, Alabama 34 (OT)
1999 Florida 31, Syracuse 10
1998 Nebraska 42, Tennessee 17
1997 Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21
1996 Florida St 31, Notre Dame 26
1995 Nebraska 24, Miami 17
1994 Florida State 18, Nebraska 16
1993 Florida State 27, Nebraska 14
1992 Miami 22, Nebraska 0
1991 Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9
1990 Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6
1989 Miami 23, Nebraska 3
1988 Miami 20, Oklahoma 14
1987 Oklahoma 42, Arkansas 8
1986 Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
1985 Washington 28, Oklahoma 17
1984 Miami 31, Nebraska 30
1983 Nebraska 21, LSU 20
1982 Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
1981 Oklahoma 18, Florida State 17
1980 Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
1979 Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
1978 Arkansas 31, Oklahoma 0
1977 Ohio State 27, Colorado 10
1976 Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
1975 Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11
1974 Penn State 16, LSU 9
1973 Nebraska 40, Notre Dame 6
1972 Nebraska 38, Alabama 6
1971 Nebraska 17, LSU 12
1970 Penn State 10, Missouri 3
1969 Penn State 15, Kansas 14
1968 Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24
1967 Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12
1966 Alabama 39, Nebraska 28
1965 Texas 21, Alabama 17
1964 Nebraska 13, Auburn 7
1963 Alabama 17, Oklahoma 0
1962 LSU 25, Colorado 7
1961 Missouri 21, Navy 14
1960 Georgia 14, Missouri 0
1959 Oklahoma 21, Syracuse 6
1958 Oklahoma 48, Duke 21
1957 Colorado 27, Clemson 21
1956 Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6
1955 Duke 34, Nebraska 7
1954 Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0
1953 Alabama 61, Syracuse 6
1952 Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14
1951 Clemson 15, Miami  14
1950 Santa Clara 21, Kentucky 13
1949 Texas 41, Georgia 28
1948 Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14
1947 Rice 8, Tennessee 0
1946 Miami 13, Holy Cross 6
1945 Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
1944 LSU 19, Texas A&M 14
1943 Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1942 Georgia 40, TCU 26
1941 Mississippi State 14, Georgetown 7
1940 Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7
1939 Tennessee 17, Oklahoma 0
1938 Auburn 6, Michigan State 0
1937 Duquesne 13, Mississippi State 12
1936 Catholic 20, Mississippi 19
1935 Bucknell 26, Miami  0

- 2009 CFN FedEx Orange Bowl Preview

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Bearcat Bowl Moment: Even a broken hand and unseasonably cold weather in Texas couldn’t keep Cincinnati QB Gino Guidugli from carving up the Marshall defense in the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl.  The senior threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Bearcats to a 32-14 victory, their first in postseason play in seven years.
 
Best Hokie Bowl Moment: Meeting Florida State for the national championship in the 2000 Sugar Bowl was quite an accomplishment, but whooping a one-loss Texas team in the 1995 game was even better. Led by big plays from receiver Bryan

The Last Time You'll See ...

Virginia Tech:
CB Victor Harris. “Macho” to most, Harris has been the anchor of a young defense that went through a ton of changes this season. A unique combination of size, strength, and athleticism for a cornerback, he’s a difference-maker whenever he gets near the ball. The total package at his position, he’s scored four career touchdowns on picks, played some offense, and been one of the game’s more dangerous special teams performers.
 
Cincinnati: CB Mike Mickens. The Bearcats are hopeful of getting back Mickens, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury. As long as he’s on the field, Cincy coaches never worry about getting burned on his side of the field. One of the smoothest defensive backs in the country, Mickens has 14 career interceptions and plays much bigger than his size in run defense.
 
Breakout Player ...

Cincinnati
: QB Tony Pike. While it took a spate of circumstances for Pike to get his turn, he delivered when he finally got on the field. Buried on the depth chart in August, he’s gone on to throw 18 touchdown passes and earn a spot on the All-Big East second team. With continued progress, he stands to give the Bearcats far more stability at quarterback that they’ve had in 2008.
 
Virginia Tech
: WR Jarrett Boykin. Before the season began, Virginia Tech put out an APB for a few decent wide receivers. Boykin answered the call in his first year in Blacksburg, making a team-leading 28 receptions for 413 yards and two scores. A big, physical receiver, he’s not shy not about blocking downfield, a job requirement in this run-first Hokie offense.
 

Best Non-Game Event
Through the years, the Orange Bowl has been know for its halftime spectacular. It has evolved from elaborate floats and light shows into national headline acts. Long before the Super Bowl halftime shows, you had the Orange Bowl halftime shows. Of course, players can't necessarily witness it, so for them it's probably the Team Beach Parties, as South Florida can offer something very few other Bowl sites can, with its beachfront hotels.

Player Gift Package
Players from each team will receive a Sony Electronics Gifting Suite, which permits them to select Sony electronics up to a $300 value, Tourneau watch, an Ogio Back Pack/Duffle, a New Era fitted cap, customized Crocs, a Blockbuster Video Rental Subscription, and customized luggage tags.

Charitable Component
While there isn't an annual charity that benefits from the game, the Orange Bowl Committee is involved in strong community outreach throughout the year. It holds a pair of annual fund-raising events that raise money for college scholarships, and also subsidizes, through donations and grants, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, which supports 16,000 youth football players and cheerleaders in eight leagues across eight different South Florida counties. Also, this year in honor of its 75th anniversary, the Orange Bowl is presenting a $2.5 million legacy gift, which has been matched by the City of Miami, to the City to rebuild a youth/high school football field, track and other park amenities. The total project will cost $5.65 million and is located at Moore Park, site of the 1933 and 1934 Palm Festival, which was the forerunner of the Orange Bowl. During game week, teams also make hospital visits, distributing toys and gifts.

How Success is Measured
There are a variety of measurements ranging from the satisfaction the schools, athletic departments and student-athletes received from participating and visiting, to selling out Dolphin Stadium, bringing visitors into the South Florida community, and positive customer service surveys.

MVP of the Bowl
The Orange Bowl is so reliant on a large group of people, from its volunteer Orange Bowl Committee members to its relatively small full and part-time paid staff to the thousands of volunteers that assist, that it's hard to find one most indispensable person. If anything, the glue that holds all those parts together is CEO Eric Poms, who has been with the organization for the last 15 years.

Impact to the Community
When the Orange Bowl hosted the National Championship in 2005, the estimated economic impact was approximately $200 million. With two games this year—the FedEx Orange Bowl and FedEx BCS National Championship—it anticipates something near what New Orleans reported from last year’s double-hosting, which was $400 million.

The impact of the Orange Bowl Committee on the community is even far more reaching. More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders participate and benefit from the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, which reaches eight counties in South Florida. It also provides strong community outreach through scholarships and grants. Additionally, several Orange Bowl Festival events support tourism through sporting events other than football. More than 1,000 young tennis players from 80 countries compete annually in one of the world’s most prestigious junior events: the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. Another 600 youngsters, sailors from around the nation and eight foreign countries annually make the voyage to Miami to compete in the Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. And the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic is celebrating its 15th anniversary this December.

Role of Volunteers
Volunteers are vital to the success of the Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl Committee is made up of 333 volunteers, many of whom put in hundreds of hours hosting teams, media, university  and conference officials and orchestrating events. In addition, there’s another even larger group of Orange Bowl Ambassadors, who volunteer to help in a variety of ways to make sure everything runs smoothly. Without the support of the members and Ambassadors, it would be virtually impossible to have become the success that the Orange Bowl has become.


Cincinnati Bowl History (5-4)
2007 PapaJohns Cincinnati 31, Southern Miss 21
2006 International Cincinnati 27, Western Michigan 24
2004 Fort Worth Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14
2002 New Orleans North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19
2001 Motor City Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
2000 Motor City Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
1997 Humanitarian Cincinnati 35, Utah State 19
1950 Sun West Texas St. 14, Cincinnati 13
1946 Sun Cincinnati 18, Virginia Tech 6
Virginia Tech Bowl History (7-14)
2007 Orange Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21
2006 Chick-fil-A Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24
2005 Gator Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24
2004 Sugar Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13
2003 Insight California 52, Virginia Tech 49
2002 San Francisco Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13
2001 Gator Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 17
2000 Gator Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 20
1999 Sugar Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29
1998 Music City Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 17
1997 Gator North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3
1996 Orange Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21
1995 Sugar Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1994 Gator Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 23
1993 Independence Virginia Tech 45, Indiana 20
1986 Peach Virginia Tech 25, N.C. State 24
1984 Independence Air Force 23, Virginia Tech 7
1981 Peach Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10
1968 Liberty Ole Miss 34, Virginia Tech 17
1966 Liberty Miami 14, Virginia Tech 7
1946 Sun Cincinnati 18, Virginia Tech 6