Virginia Tech Accepts Gator Bowl Bid
Hokies will face Clemson on Jan. 1, 2001
December 3, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department has announced that the Hokie football team has accepted a bid to play in the Toyota Gator Bowl. The Hokies will face Clemson on Jan. 1, 2001 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be shown on NBC.

"We're really excited about our opportunity to go to the Gator Bowl and play a really good Clemson football team," said Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. "I'm proud of the fact that there are only six other teams who have gone to eight straight bowls and I'm proud of the fact that it's a New Year's Day bowl. This is a chance for us to be a top five team and that would be quite an accomplishment for this team considering all of the injuries we've had this year."

Virginia Tech finished the regular season 10-1 while the Tigers finished 9-2. Tech and Clemson met a year ago at Blacksburg with the Hokies winning, 31-11. This will be the 28th meeting between the two schools. Clemson leads the series, 17-9-1.

This marks the third trip for the Hokies to the Gator Bowl. Tech is 0-2 in the Gator Bowl. Tech fell to Tennessee, 45-23, in the 1994 Gator Bowl, which was played in Gainesville, Fla. The Hokies fell to North Carolina, 42-3, in the Gator Bowl following the 1997 season.

"We're very proud to be playing in the Gator Bowl," said Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick. "They wanted us and we're glad to get the invite. It's going to be a great game between two great teams and we're looking to put on a great show."

The Virginia Tech Ticket Office will begin taking orders for tickets at 10 a.m., on Monday. 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.