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2016 Russell Athletic Bowl

R U S S E L L A T H L E T I C B O W L H I S T O R Y Considered one of the fastest growing bowl games in the country, the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl matches two great programs in the University of Miami from the ACC and Big XII’s West Virginia University. Miami is making its fifth appearance in the Russell Bowl, having gone 3-1 in previous Russell Bowl games--including a 36-9 loss to Louisville in their most-recent appearance in 2013. The Mountaineers will be looking for their first win in their fourth appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl. WVU dropped a 23-7 decision to NC State in their last trip to Orlando in 2010. With roots dating back to 1990, this year’s Russell Athletic Bowl will be the 26th in the game’s history, the 16th in Orlando and the fourth under the new partnership with Russell Athletic. Originally titled the Blockbuster Bowl, the inaugural game took place in Miami in 1990, attracting 74,021 fans to watch a marquee matchup between Penn State and Florida State. The game continued for 10 more seasons in Miami before Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) initiated the process of obtaining the bowl’s certification. Chuck Rohe, the FCSports executive director at the time sensed 2 2 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L a unique opportunity to bring a second bowl game to Orlando and was awarded the game in 2001. The game trophy is now named in Rohe’s honor. The first year featured Pittsburgh defeating NC State in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, a name that paid homage to the original Orlando bowl game. In 2005, the game was moved to a post-Christmas date, freeing the participating schools from conflicts with final exams week. From 2006 to 2009, the game featured the nation’s only postseason matchup between the ACC and Big Ten conferences, and in 2010 the ACC vs. The American (then the Big East) format was introduced. With each successive year in Orlando, the bowl has continued to make strides, at one point posting eight consecutive years of attendance increases (a standing record among bowl games). That growth reached a crescendo in 2011, the last game under the Champs Sports Bowl name, when Florida State and Notre Dame played before a sold-out crowd of 68,305. Over the past five years, the bowl has averaged just shy of 55,000 fans per game. In early 2012, Russell Athletic signed an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to be the new title sponsor of the game through 2017. Blockbuster Bowl – Miami, Fla. Dec. 28, 1990 Florida State 24, Penn State 17 Dec. 28, 1991 Alabama 30, Colorado 25 Jan. 1, 1993 Stanford 24, Penn State 3 Carquest Bowl – Miami, Fla. Jan. 1, 1994 Boston College 31, Virginia 13 Jan. 2, 1995 South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21 Dec. 30, 1995 North Carolina 20, Arkansas 10 Dec. 27, 1996 Miami 31, Virginia 21 Dec. 29, 1997 Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30 Micron PC Bowl – Miami, Fla. Dec. 29, 1998 Miami 46, NC State 23 MicronPC.com Bowl – Miami, Fla. Dec. 30, 1999 Illinois 63, Virginia 21 Dec. 28, 2000 NC State 38, Minnesota 30 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl – Orlando, Fla. Dec. 20, 2001 Pittsburgh 34, NC State 19 Mazda Tangerine Bowl – Orlando, Fla. Dec. 23, 2002 Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15 Dec. 22, 2003 NC State 56, Kansas 26 Champs Sports Bowl – Orlando, Fla. Dec. 21, 2004 Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14 Dec. 27, 2005 Clemson 19, Colorado 10 Dec. 28, 2006 Maryland 24, Purdue 7 Dec. 28, 2007 Boston College 24, Michigan State 21 Dec. 27, 2008 Florida State 42, Wisconsin 13 Dec. 28, 2009 Wisconsin 20, Miami 14 Dec. 28, 2010 NC State 23, West Virginia 7 Dec. 29, 2011 Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14 Russell Athletic Bowl – Orlando, Fla. Dec. 28, 2012 Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10 (OT) Dec. 28, 2013 Louisville 36, Miami 9 Dec. 29, 2014 Clemson 40, Oklahoma 6 Dec. 29, 2015 Baylor 49, North Carolina 38 A L L T I M E R E S U LT S


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