2011 Champs Sports Bowl
1234 Total
Florida State 00315 18
Notre Dame 7070 14
DateDecember 29, 2011
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPWR Rashad Greene
FavoriteFlorida State by 3[1]
RefereeReggie Smith (Big 12)
PayoutUS$2.275 million per team[2]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJoe Tessitore (Play-by-Play)
Rod Gilmore (Analyst)
Holly Rowe (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings3.28
Champs Sports Bowl
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The 2011 Champs Sports Bowl, the 22nd edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 29, 2011, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida as part of the 2011–12 NCAA bowl season.

The game, which was telecast at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN 3D,[3] featured a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference versus a team from the Big East Conference.

Invitations were accepted by Florida State and Notre Dame to play in the contest on December 4.[3] It was FSU's second Champs Bowl, and Notre Dame's first. Notre Dame was invited through an option in the Big East tie-in. The game sold out on December 7, marking the Champs Sports Bowl's first ever sellout.[3]


The two teams met for the seventh time since 1981. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 5–2, including a 2–0 bowl record against the Fighting Irish. The other bowl meeting was the Orange Bowl following the 1995 season. The teams also had a 1994 regular season meeting in Orlando, a year after the teams met in South Bend ranked #1 and #2 in the nation. Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame will play Florida State at least once every three years as part of the Irish's agreement to play five ACC football schools each year, as in 2013, Notre Dame became a non-football member of the ACC, maintaining its football independence.

Florida State

See also: 2011 Florida State Seminoles football team

Florida State won six of its last seven games. The Seminoles were rated as the No. 6 defense in the nation with a No. 2 rushing defense (81.83 yards per game). The team topped the nation in opponent yards per rush (2.32 yards per carry), and limited opponents to 15.2 points per game, 4th best in the country.

Notre Dame

See also: 2011 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

December 25, 2011 Notre Dame had won four of its last five games, but lost 28–14 to then No. 4 Stanford to close the regular season. The team featured one the nation's best receiving combos in wide receiver Michael Floyd, who had 7.92 receptions per game for 92.17 yards per game, and tight end Tyler Eifert, who had 57 receptions for 713 receiving yards.

Scoring Summary


Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
ND – Zeke Motta 29 Yd Fumble Return (David Ruffer Kick), 9:04 ND 7–0
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
ND – Michael Floyd 5 Yd Pass from Tommy Rees (David Ruffer Kick), 11:24 ND 14–0
FSU – Dustin Hopkins 42 Yd Field Goal, 9:03 ND 14–3
4th Quarter
FSU – Bert Reed 18 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Two-Point Conversion Failed), 14:54 ND 14–9
FSU – Rashad Greene 15 Yd Pass From E.J. Manuel (Two-Point Conversion Failed), 13:18 FSU 15–14
FSU – Dustin Hopkins 29 Yd Field Goal, 8:05 FSU 18–14


Statistics FSU ND
First Downs 13 19
Rushes-yards (net) 29–41 35–93
Passing yards (net) 249 187
Passes, Att-Comp-Int 31–20–0 35–19–3
Total yards 290 280
Time of Possession 29:51 30:09


  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011
  2. ^ "Bowl payouts projected around $281 million – College Gridiron 365 Blog – Orlando Sentinel". Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "NCAA CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL 2011 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Florida State Seminoles Online HD Channel". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  4. ^ Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish box score. ESPN. Retrieved 30 December 2011.