Capital Gator One Bowl 2010: Penn State gains Capital and Florida State relishes Gator

Virginia Tech’s Hokies grabbed the Chick-Fil-A bowl from the Tennessee Volunteers with 37 to 14 win.

Patrick Stewart is now a Knight!

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Walton High School from Marietta, GA on the Tournament of Roses Parade! 12:44PM on ABC.

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This year’s Capital One Bowl between Penn State and LSU and the Gator Bowl between West Virginia and Florida State were televised by ABC and CBS respectively.  I’ve flipped back and forth between the two games.

Capital One Bowl Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Penn State Nittany Lions and the LSU Tigers played on a mushy and wet field in Orlando.

2.  The Lions wore dark blue jerseys and the Tigers wore white.

3.  It was raining in the first quarter.

4.  Nittany Lion Derek Moye put his team on the score board with a touchdown in the bottom of the first quarter.  LSU made a field goal by the top of the second quarter.  Penn State added three in the second quarter and three more going into halftime.  13 to 3.

5.  The players from both teams were splattered with grayish mud.

6.  The third quarter gave Penn State another field goal.  Brandon LaFell made the first LSU TD of the day in the bottom of the quarter.  LSU took the lead in the top of the fourth quarter with a TD by Stevan Ridley.  The bottom of the fourth quarter put Penn State back on top with a field goal.  19 to 17.  Final score.  Penn State Nitany Lions have taken the 2009 Capital One Bowl.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Gator Bowl Observations & Miscellania:

1. The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Florida State Seminoles also competed against each other in moist conditions.

2.  The Seminoles were red jerseys and the Mountaineers wore yellow (reminded me of Juicy Fruit gum).  Those gold helmets atop the Seminoles’ heads made me think of hockey helmets.  The Mountaineers’ cosplay-mascot was played by a woman this year.

3.  Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, who would retire after today, was chewing gum when he was interviewed by a CBS side-line reporter.  I wonder what flavor.  Mint? Spearmint? Cinnamon? He threw a feathered spear into the middle of the field.

4.  Jarrett Brown made a touchdown and gave his Mountaineers teammates the lead in the top of the first quarter.   The Seminoles churned out a field goal in response.  Mountaineers Noel Devine increased his team lead towards the bottom of the quarter. 14 to 3. Florida State’s kicker Dustin Hopkins made a wide, wide left FG in the top of the second quarter.  The Seminoles intercepted the Mountaineers quarterback not long after that botched field goal and Jermaine Thomas made a touchdown.  Going into the second half, Dustin Hopkins closed the score gap for his fellow Seminoles. 14 to 13.

5.  Deion Sanders was dressed in Florida State colors and standing on their sideline.

6.  The sun came out in the bottom of the second quarter.

7.  Florida State took the lead with a field goal in the top of the third quarter.  In the bottom of the third, Jarmon Fortson made a super cool one-handed catch and a couple plays later, Jermaine Thomas made his second TD of the day.  Top of the fourth quarter gave West Virginia a TD by Ryan Clarke.  23 to 21.  Did Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel get the ball into the end zone in the middle of the fourth quarter?  Yes, he did, an official booth review confirmed.  The bottom of the quarter increased Florida State’s lead with a field goal. 33 to 21.  Final score.  Florida State Seminoles have won the 2009 Gator Bowl.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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