2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl
Bowl Game
1234 Total
NC State 3709 19
Pittsburgh 32137 34
DateDecember 20, 2001
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPWR Antonio Bryant (Pittsburgh)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMike Tirico (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Lee Corso (Analyst)
Jerry Punch (sideline)
Tangerine Bowl
 < 2000 2002

The 2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl was the 12th edition to the college football bowl game, succeeding the MicronPC.com bowl. It featured the NC State Wolfpack and the Pittsburgh Panthers. This was the first year since 1982 that the Tangerine Bowl was played; the original version is now known as the Citrus Bowl.[1]

Game summary

Scoring began in the first quarter with the two teams trading field goals. Early in the second quarter, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Bryant caught a touchdown pass on an 80-yard drive to take the lead 10-3. On their next possession, Bryant caught another touchdown on a 99-yard drive. North Carolina State countered with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Gregory Golden, but the Panthers then scored another touchdown as time expired to go into halftime with a 24-10 lead.

Coming out of the half, Pittsburgh scored another field goal for the only points of the 3rd quarter to make it 27-10, but the Wolfpack put together two scoring drives for a touchdown and a field goal to make it 27-19 in the 4th. NC State had one last opportunity to tie or take the lead on a late possession, but quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked, lost the football, and Pittsburgh scooped it up for a score, winning 34-19.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Tangerine Bowl Is Back - The Official Athletic Site of the Atlantic Coast Conference". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  2. ^ "2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl Recap".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-01-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)