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We got a pretty good crowd last night for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and I would guess that we will get the same this evening for the Orange Bowl. Just one more game after tonight before we get to the National Championship Game. This evenings matchup should be nothing short of exciting. There are some dynamic players coming of both sidelines which should make it even more interesting. The Orange Bowl has been revered as one of the most prestigious bowl games. The history of the Orange Bowl goes all the way back to 1935 and in that time have been some fantastic knock 'em down drag 'em out slugfests.

Tonight's matchup features The # 9 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against The # 10 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Georgia Tech finished 1st in the ACC Coastal Division with a (11-2, 7-1) record while Iowa finished 2nd in the Big Ten with a (10-2, 6-2) record. Like I mentioned above, there will be several key players in this game. Below the jump we will look at some of these players, their stats, and other relative information to the game tonight.

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# 9 GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS VS # 10 IOWA HAWKEYES 

FEDEX ORANGE BOWL PREVIEW

Key players to watch for the Yellow Jackets:

[# 9] Josh Nesbitt QB

Comp Rate 47.7%, 1689 Yards, 11.0 Yds/Att, 10 TD's-- 259 Rush Attempts, 991 Yards, 3.8 Avg, 18 TD's

[# 21] Jonathan Dwyer RB

221 Attempts, 1346 Yards, 6.1 Avg, 14 TD's

[# 8] Demaryious "Bey Bey" Thomas WR

46 Catches, 1154 Yards, 25.1 Avg, 8 TD's

[# 91] Derrick Morgan DE

52 Tackles, 12 Sacks, 2 Fumbles Forced

[# 1] Morgan Burnett SS

77 Tackles, 4 INT's, 40 Yards

Career Stats: 227 Tackles, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Sack, 14 INT's, 135 Yards, 1 TD

Led by Coach: Paul Johnson (2nd year, 20-6)

 

Key players to watch for the Hawkeyes:

[# 12] Ricky Stanzi QB

Comp Rate 56.0%, 2186 Yards, 7.9 Yds/Att, 15 TD's

[# 32] Adam Robinson RB

167 Attempts, 775 Yards, 4.6 Avg, 5 TD's

[# 15] Derrell Johnson-Koulianos WR

41 Catches, 687 Yards, 16.8 Avg, 2 TD's

[# 81] Tony Moeaki TE

26 Catches, 302 Yards, 11.6 Avg, 4 TD's

[# 79] Bryan Bulaga OT

6'6" 312 Junior, 2V

[# 78] Dace Richardson OG

6'6" 305 Senior, 2V

[# 9] Tyler Sash S (Sophomore)

84 Tackles, 2 Fumbles Forced, 6 INT's, 203 Yards, 1 TD

Career Stats: 137 Tackles, 3 Fumbles Forced, 1 Sack, 11 INT's, 350 Yards, 1 TD

Led by Coach: Kirk Ferentz (11th year, 79-53)

 

WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, 5:00 PM PST

WHERE: LAND SHARK STADIUM, MIAMI GARDENS, FL

TV: FOX

SATELITE: SIRIUS, XM

 

History of The Orange Bowl:

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
January 1, 1935 Bucknell 26 Miami (FL) 0 notes
January 1, 1936 Catholic University 20 Mississippi 19 notes
January 1, 1937 Duquesne 13 Mississippi State 12 notes
January 1, 1938 Auburn 6 Michigan State 0 notes
January 2, 1939 Tennessee 17 Oklahoma 0 notes
January 1, 1940 Georgia Tech 21 Missouri 7 notes
January 1, 1941 Mississippi State 14 Georgetown 7 notes
January 1, 1942 Georgia 40 TCU 26 notes
January 1, 1943 Alabama 37 Boston College 21 notes
January 1, 1944 LSU 19 Texas A&M 14 notes
January 1, 1945 Tulsa 26 Georgia Tech 12 notes
January 1, 1946 Miami (FL) 13 Holy Cross 6 notes
January 1, 1947 Rice 8 Tennessee 0 notes
January 1, 1948 Georgia Tech 20 Kansas 14 notes
January 1, 1949 Texas 41 Georgia 28 notes
January 2, 1950 Santa Clara 21 Kentucky 13 notes
January 1, 1951 Clemson 15 Miami (FL) 14 notes
January 1, 1952 Georgia Tech 17 Baylor 14 notes
January 1, 1953 Alabama 61 Syracuse 6 notes
January 1, 1954 Oklahoma 7 Maryland 0 notes
January 1, 1955 Duke 34 Nebraska 7 notes
January 2, 1956 Oklahoma 20 Maryland 6 notes
January 1, 1957 Colorado 27 Clemson 21 notes
January 1, 1958 Oklahoma 48 Duke 21 notes
January 1, 1959 Oklahoma 21 Syracuse 6 notes
January 1, 1960 Georgia 14 Missouri 0 notes
January 2, 1961 Missouri 21 Navy 14 notes
January 1, 1962 LSU 25 Colorado 7 notes
January 1, 1963 Alabama 17 Oklahoma 0 notes
January 1, 1964 Nebraska 13 Auburn 7 notes
January 1, 1965 Texas 21 Alabama 17 notes
January 1, 1966 Alabama 39 Nebraska 28 notes
January 2, 1967 Florida 27 Georgia Tech 12 notes
January 1, 1968 Oklahoma 26 Tennessee 24 notes
January 1, 1969 Penn State 15 Kansas 14 notes
January 1, 1970 Penn State 10 Missouri 3 notes
January 1, 1971 Nebraska 17 LSU 12 notes
January 1, 1972 Nebraska 38 Alabama 6 notes
January 1, 1973 Nebraska 40 Notre Dame 6 notes
January 1, 1974 Penn State 16 LSU 9 notes
January 1, 1975 Notre Dame 13 Alabama 11 notes
January 1, 1976 Oklahoma 14 Michigan 6 notes
January 1, 1977 Ohio State 27 Colorado 10 notes
January 2, 1978 Arkansas 31 Oklahoma 6 notes
January 1, 1979 Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 notes
January 1, 1980 Oklahoma 24 Florida State 7 notes
January 1, 1981 Oklahoma 18 Florida State 17 notes
January 1, 1982 Clemson 22 Nebraska 15 notes
January 1, 1983 Nebraska 21 LSU 20 notes
January 2, 1984 Miami (FL) 31 Nebraska 30 notes
January 1, 1985 Washington 28 Oklahoma 17 notes
January 1, 1986 Oklahoma 25 Penn State 10 notes
January 1, 1987 Oklahoma 42 Arkansas 8 notes
January 1, 1988 Miami (FL) 20 Oklahoma 14 notes
January 2, 1989 Miami (FL) 23 Nebraska 3 notes
January 1, 1990 Notre Dame 21 Colorado 6 notes
January 1, 1991 Colorado 10 Notre Dame 9 notes
January 1, 1992 Miami (FL) 22 Nebraska 0 notes
January 1, 1993 Florida State 27 Nebraska 14 notes
January 1, 1994+ Florida State 18 Nebraska 16 notes
January 1, 1995+ Nebraska 24 Miami (FL) 17 notes
January 1, 1996 Florida State 31 Notre Dame 26 notes
December 31, 1996 Nebraska 41 Virginia Tech 21 notes
January 2, 1998^ Nebraska 42 Tennessee 17 notes
January 2, 1999~ Florida 31 Syracuse 10 notes
January 1, 2000 Michigan 35 Alabama 34 notes
January 3, 2001* Oklahoma 13 Florida State 2 notes
January 2, 2002 Florida 56 Maryland 23 notes
January 2, 2003 USC 38 Iowa 17 notes
January 1, 2004 Miami (FL) 16 Florida State 14 notes
January 4, 2005* USC 55 Oklahoma 19 notes
January 3, 2006††† Penn State 26 Florida State 23 notes
January 2, 2007 Louisville 24 Wake Forest 13 notes
January 3, 2008 Kansas 24 Virginia Tech 21 notes
January 1, 2009 Virginia Tech 20 Cincinnati 7 notes
January 5, 2010 Iowa vs. Georgia Tech notes