November 26, 2001 - by
Florida State to Play in 2002 Gator Bowl
Seminole Ticket Office

Official Gator Bowl website

Nov. 26, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole Ticket Office is currently accepting orders for the 2002 Toyota Gator Bowl. Tickets may be ordered on-line at or by calling the ticket office at 850-64-Go-FSU or toll free at 888-FSU-Nole. The remaining tickets for the game are $40 each. Florida State students will be able to buy tickets for the Toyota Gator Bowl at the Howser Stadium ticket office beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 29.

The game will be played on January 1 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville. Florida State will face an opponent from the Big East Conference at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

Virginia Tech agreed Monday to play Florida State in
the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The official bid was to be extended Monday night on the “Hokie Hotline”
radio show.

The No. 14 Hokies will face the unranked Seminoles at Alltel Stadium in

“We are ecstatic to be going to our seventh New Year’s bowl in nine years,”
said head coach Frank Beamer. “This is certainly a compliment to our program
and to our great fan support.”

Florida State beat Tech 46-29 two years ago in the Sugar Bowl to win the
national championship.

For the first time in four years, Florida State will not be playing for the
national championship. The Seminoles will be playing in their 20th straight

Virginia Tech is 8-2 heading into Saturday’s game against No. 1 Miami. The
Seminoles are 6-4 going into Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.

It’s the first time since 1986 that Florida State has lost more than two
games in a season and not finished in The Associated Press poll’s top five.

“It makes you appreciate how the other 98 percent lives,” Florida State
athletic director Dave Hart Jr. said.

“I don’t believe anyone in college football ever again will have a run like
that,” Hart said. “It was an unbelievable run. Only UCLA’s basketball run
under John Wooden is comparable.”

The Hokies are 1-2 in the Gator Bowl. They lost to Tennessee 45-23 in 1994
and North Carolina 42-3 in 1997. Last year, they defeated Clemson 41-20.

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