2001 Tangerine Bowl
|2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl|
|Date||December 20, 2001|
|MVP||Pitt WR Antonio Bryant|
|Payout||US$750,000 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Lee Corso (Analyst)
Jerry Punch (sideline)
The 2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl was the 12th edition to the college football bowl game, successing the MicronPC.com bowl. It featured the NC State Wolfpack and the Pittsburgh Panthers. This was the first year since 1982 that the Tangerine Bowl was played; the original version is now known as the Capital One Bowl.
Scoring began in the first quarter with the two teams trading field goals. Early in the second quarter, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Bryant caught a touchdown pass on an 80-yard drive to take the lead 10-3. On their next possession, Bryant caught another touchdown on a 99-yard drive. North Carolina State countered with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Gregory Golden, but the Pitt Panthers then scored another touchdown as time expired to go into halftime with a 24-10 lead.
Coming out of the half, Pitt scored another field goal for the only points of the 3rd quarter to make it 27-10, but the Wolfpack put together two scoring drives for a touchdown and a field goal to make it 27-19 in the 4th. NC State had one last opportunity to tie or take the lead on a late possession, but quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked, lost the football, and Pittsburgh scooped it up for a score, winning 34-19.