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Virginia Tech to Face Kansas in 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl

December 3, 2007

Miami, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – The #3 Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2), the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champions, and #8 Kansas Jayhawks (11-1) will meet in the 74th Annual FedEx Orange Bowl to be played January 3, 2008 at Dolphin Stadium. 

 

The match-up features a classic showdown between the nation’s second ranked scoring defense in the Hokies (allowing 15.5 points per game) against the nation’s second ranked scoring offense in Kansas (scoring 44.3 points per game). The game will be televised live at 8 p.m. on the FOX Network, as well as on ESPN Radio.

 

Led by the nation’s third winningest active coach, Frank Beamer, the Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech won the conference title with a 30-16 win over Atlantic Division champion Boston College in the third annual Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 1.  It was the Hokie’s second conference title in the ACC to go along with three in the Big East. This will mark their second FedEx Orange Bowl appearance, as they played in the Dec. 31, 1996 game against Nebraska—the first held in what is now called Dolphin Stadium. 

 


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Three Hokie defenders were named to the all-ACC first team, and senior LB Xavier Adibi and junior CB Brandon Flowers have been named All-Americans.

In his 21st season at the helm, Beamer has 209 wins, behind only Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno. This is the 15th consecutive bowl appearance for his team, including four BCS games. This senior class is the most successful in school history, posting a 42-10 mark. Virginia Tech is one of only two teams (USC) to produce 10 or more wins each of the past four seasons.

 

Mark Mangino brings his Jayhawks to South Florida for their first BCS bowl appearance. Mangino, the Big 12 coach of the Year, is in his sixth year at KU, and has led his team to three bowls, the most of any KU coach.  The Jayhawks produced the second largest turnaround in the country improving from a 6-6 mark a year ago to 11-1. They are one of only two one-loss teams in the country (Ohio State). This is Kansas’ third appearance in the FedEx Orange Bowl (1948 and 1969).

 

Four Jayhawks were named all-Big 12 first team. Defensive tackle James McClinton was named the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and return man Marcus Herford was the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year after leading the Big 12 and ranking eighth nationally in kickoff returns.

 

The Jayhawks were sixth nationally in total offense gaining nearly 500 yards a game and second in scoring with more than 44 points per game.

 

While this is the first meeting ever between these schools, it is the 21st meeting between the current Big 12 and current ACC members. The ACC leads the series 11-9. Nine of the 20 previous meetings have decided the national championship.

 

About the Orange Bowl Committee

The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for- profit, 309-member, primarily-volunteer organization that exists as a self-sustaining, independent organization supporting and producing activities and events which enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. Among the OBC’s core events are the Orange Bowl Festival, FedEx Orange Bowl and Orange Bowl Halftime Show, the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the WaMu Orange Bowl Fan Fest presented by the City of Miami, the Budweiser Orange Bowl Tailgate Party, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, Orange Bowl Cheer & Dance Championships, Orange Bowl Swim Classic, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series.

 

For more information on the 2007-08 Orange Bowl Festival and its year-round schedule of events and promotions, log on to www.orangebowl.org, the official site for all Orange Bowl Committee news, tickets and apparel. The website also offers information on event tickets, the Orange Bowl Travel Network and experiencing the Orange Bowl Festival as a volunteer through the Ambassador Program.

 

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