2000 Sugar Bowl
The 2000 Sugar Bowl was the designated Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game for the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was played on January 4, 2000, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, representing the Big East Conference, by a score of 46–29. With the win, Florida State clinched the 1999 BCS national championship.
About 2000 Sugar Bowl in brief
The 2000 Sugar Bowl was the designated Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game for the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was played on January 4, 2000, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, representing the Big East Conference, by a score of 46–29. With the win, Florida State clinched the 1999 BCS national championship, the team’s second national championship in its history. An estimated total of 79,280 people attended the game in person, while approximately 18. 4 million US viewers watched the game on ABC television. The resulting 17. 5 television rating was the third-largest ever recorded for a BCS college football game. Several players from each team entered the National Football League after graduation, being selected either in the 2000 NFL Draft or later editions of that selection process. Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick was named the game’s most valuable player. Several of its players won postseason awards, most notably Michael Vick, who earned an ESPY for his performance during the Sugar Bowl and the regular season. The Seminoles ended the 1998 college football season with a 23–16 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, which was the national championship game that year. In 2000, there were four BCS bowl games: the Rose Bowl, the Sugarbowl, the Orange Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. The national championships game rotated to a different location each year, and the other three games served as bowl games for lower-ranked teams.
Later, in 2007, the BCS National Championship was created, adding a fifth BCSbowl. The game kicked off at 8 p.m. EST, and Virginia Tech received the ball to begin the game. The loss was only the second of the season for Florida State, which had entered the game ranked No. 2 and favored against the No. 1 ranked Volunteers. The following week, the Seminoles had a closer contest against Georgia Tech, but still earned a 41–35 victory. As the weeks went by, the wins continued to accumulate. In the seventh week of the football season, the Seminoles eked out a 31–21 victory over the traditional rival: the Miami Hurricanes. Despite being suspended from the game after being arrested for participating in a scheme to underpay for clothes at a Tallahassee clothing store, the Florida State team went on to win the game 31–23. In their final game of the 1999 season, they defeated North Carolina 42–10; North Carolina, 42–11; and Duke 51–23; but they were still outkicked out of the game by the Hurricanes after being suspended for being involved in a clothing store scheme. The next week, they beat unranked Louisiana Tech, 41–7; and the week after that they defeated Georgia Tech 42–35; but Florida State lost to Georgia Tech again, 41-35; and in the week following, they lost to North Carolina State, 42-10.