2001 Tangerine Bowl

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2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 3 7 0 9 19
Pittsburgh 3 21 3 7 34
Date December 20, 2001
Season 2001
Stadium Citrus Bowl
Location Orlando, Florida
MVP Pitt WR Antonio Bryant
Attendance 28,562
Payout US$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Lee Corso (Analyst)
Jerry Punch (sideline)
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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.[1]

Game summary[edit]

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.