The 2000s

January 1, 2000

Orange Bowl Goes to Overtime

Michigan    35    Alabama    34 (OT)

The first FedEx Orange Bowl of the new millennium saw an overtime thriller between the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan end with a 35-34 overtime victory for the Wolverines.

January 3, 2001

Sooners Earn National Title


Oklahoma    13    Florida State    2

Oklahoma entered the game with a perfect 12-0 record, but was still considered the underdog to No. 2 Florida State, two-times the national champs in the ‘90s.

January 2, 2002

Offensive Showcase for Gators

Florida    56    Maryland    23

Heisman runner-up Rex Grossman did not start, but relieved Brock Berlin and completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns to lead Florida to a 56-23 victory over Maryland. The Gators air attack was led by MVP Taylor Jacobs who turned in a 10-catch, Orange Bowl-record 170-yard, two-touchdown performance. The 170 yards were 11 more than the record held by Alabama's Ray Perkins (1966) and Florida's Travis Taylor (1999).

January 2, 2003

Palmer Leads USC Rout of Iowa

Southern California    38    Iowa    17

The 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl match-up between Southern California and Iowa restored a traditional postseason match-up between Big Ten and Pac-10 conference champions. It was just a tad further east than normal. This traditional Pasadena match-up played out instead in South Florida and created a tremendous amount of interest on the national scene. In the end, it was the perfect ending to a storied season and collegiate career for So. California’s star-quarterback Carson Palmer.

January 1, 2004

In-State Rivals Meet in Orange Bowl

Miami    16    Florida State    14

The 2004 FedEx Orange Bowl saw one of the fiercest annual rivalries meet for the first time in a bowl setting. The Hurricanes Jarett Payton ran for 131 yards in his final collegiate performance to take home the MWP. Freshman kicker Jon Peattie converted three field goals and the Miami defense shut out Florida State in the second half in a 16-14 win.

January 4, 2005

Heisman Winners Face-Off


So California    55    Oklahoma    19

2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart faced off against 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White as the Orange Bowl hosted its 18th National Championship, six of which have included Oklahoma.

January 3, 2006

Penn State Wins in Triple Overtime


Penn State    26    Florida State    23 (3OT)

It’s not very often when a game lives up to all the hype, but the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl was one for the ages.In a game that lasted nearly five hours, it was Penn State that outlasted Florida State.

January 2, 2007

Conference Champions Collide

Louisville    24    Wake Forest    13

The 73rd Orange Bowl Classic was a contest between first-time participants, Wake Forest and Louisville. 

January 3, 2008

Dream Season Continues for Kansas

Kansas  24    Virginia Tech    21

In a classic match up between the nation’s second ranked scoring defense in the Virginia Tech Hokies (15.5 ppg) against the nation’s second ranked scoring offense in the Kansas Jayhawks (44.3 ppg), something had to give in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl. Kansas (12-1), perhaps the biggest surprise in college football during the season, won in its first Bowl Championship Series game to set a team record for victories. The previous year, the Jayhawks went 6-6. The Hokies would finish the year 11-3.

January 1, 2009

Tech Earns First BCS Win

Cincinnati    7    Virginia Tech    20

The opening moments were filled with just about every problem Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer feared his team would have against Cincinnati.

January 8, 2009

Gators Ride Tebow, Defense to Title


Florida    24    Oklahoma    14

In a game that featured two of the county's most dynamic offenses and two Heisman Tropy winning quarterbacks, it was the defensive grudge match between the second-ranked Florida Gators and top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners that dominated the 2009 BCS National Championship.

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