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    Virginia Tech To Accept Gator Bowl Bid
    Hokies will face Florida State on Jan. 1, 2002
    November 26, 2001

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department has announced that it will accept a bid to play in the 57th Toyota Gator Bowl. An official bid will be extended on tonight's Hokie Hotline radio show. The Hokies will face Florida State on Jan. 1, 2002 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be shown on NBC.

    "We are ecstatic to be going to our seventh New Year's Bowl in nine years," said Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. "This is certainly a compliment to our program and to our great fan support. We've had a lot of experience with bowls lately and no one treats us better than the great staff at the Gator Bowl."

    Virginia Tech is 8-2 heading into Saturday's game against No. 1 Miami while the Seminoles are 6-4 heading into their final game with Georgia Tech on Saturday. Tech and FSU last met two years ago in New Orleans, with the Seminoles taking a 46-29 Sugar Bowl victory to claim the national championship. This will mark the 31st meeting between the two schools with the Seminoles holding a 19-10-1 lead.

    This marks the fourth trip for the Hokies to the Gator Bowl. Tech is 1-2 in the Gator Bowl. Tech fell to Tennessee, 45-23, in the 1994 Gator Bowl, which was played in Gainesville, Fla. The Hokies lost to North Carolina, 42-3, in the Gator Bowl following the 1997 season. Last year, Tech picked up its first win in the Gator Bowl with a 41-20 victory over Clemson.

    "We're very excited and pleased to be playing in the Gator Bowl," said Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel. "We're especially pleased to get to go up against Florida State again. It was a great game last time we played and I think it will be again. I think it's a good matchup and we'll both take a lot of fans. This is one we're really looking forward to."

    The Virginia Tech Ticket Office will begin taking orders for tickets Tuesday morning. Orders may be placed by stopping by the Cassell Coliseum Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-VATECH4. Tickets for both the general public and Tech students are $40.
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