2000 MicronPC.com Bowl

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2000 MicronPC.com Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 21 3 0 6 30
NC State 0 8 17 13 38
Date December 28, 2000
Season 2000
Stadium Pro Player Stadium
Location Miami Gardens, Florida
MVP QB Philip Rivers (NC State)
Attendance 28,359
Payout US$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network TBS
Announcers Kevin Harlan and Dave Rowe
MicronPC.com Bowl
 < 1999 2001

The 2000 MicronPC.com Bowl was the 11th edition of the college football bowl game which featured the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack. This was the 11th edition of the bowl formerly known as the Blockbuster Bowl and Carquest Bowl and third and final sponsored by MicronPC. The following year would go under the Tangerine Bowl moniker.

Game summary[edit]

  • Minnesota - Redmon 12 yard touchdown run (Nystrom kick), 13:03
  • Minnesota - Redmon 3 yard touchdown run (Nystrom kick), 4:46
  • Minnesota - Cole 2 yard touchdown run (Nystrom kick), 0:45
  • Minnesota - Nystrom 27 yard field goal, 7:31
  • North Carolina State - Vanderveer 2 yard touchdown pass from Rivers (R. Robinson pass from Rivers), 2:00
  • North Carolina State - K. Robinson 19 yard touchdown pass from Rivers (Leak pass from Rivers), 12:08
  • North Carolina State - Passingham 37 yard field goal, 8:00
  • North Carolina State - R. Robinson 3 yard touchdown run (pass failed), 0:42
  • Minnesota - Nystrom 23 yard field goal, 11:57
  • North Carolina State - K. Robinson 23 yard touchdown pass from Rivers (pass failed), 11:01
  • Minnesota - Nystrom 29 yard field goal, 6:46
  • North Carolina State - R. Robinson 8 yard touchdown run (Passingham kick), 3:1

Minnesota got off to a very quick start in the first quarter scoring 21 points by way of three touchdowns, two of them from running back Tellis Redmon. The Gophers would then add a field goal to that total before NC State got on the board with a 2-yard pass and two-point conversion from freshman quarterback Philip Rivers to make the score 24–8 going into halftime.

The Wolfpack stormed out of the break with 17 unanswered points, aided by a blocked punt, to take the lead 25–24 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Minnesota came back with a field goal, but NC State took the lead for good on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Koren Robinson to make it 31–27. After adding another field goal, the Gophers had one last chance with a late possession to win the game, but quarterback Travis Cole fumbled deep in his own territory to set up an easy NC State touchdown for a final score of 38–30.[1]


Statistics Minnesota NC State
First Downs 31 22
Yards Rushing 300 109
Yards Passing 202 310
Total Offense 502 419
Passing (C-A-I) 16-30-1 24-39-2
Kickoff Return Yards 48 172
Punt Return Yards 18 23
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 14-107 7-75