This season's bowl games in Orlando saw record-setting attendance and historic performances.
The Champs Sports Bowl, which had never sold out in the bowl game's history, sold out in hours when it was announced FSU and Notre Dame would be coming to Orlando.
A record-attendance crowd of 68,305 fans packed the Florida Citrus Bowl to watch FSU win a close one: 18-14. Fans were treated to chamber-of-commerce weather and a great show by both marching bands, with the Notre Dame band boasting their history as the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States.
The Notre Dame band is so old...the band actually played at Notre Dame University's Main Circle as students left campus to join BOTH sides of the Civil War.
Also, famed Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne played flute in the Notre Dame band...now that's history!
FSU prevailed in the game though, as FSU fans watched the Seminoles play in their 30th consecutive bowl game (a record), and watched head coach Jimbo Fisher go 2-0 as a head coach in bowl games.
The Capital One Bowl drew a huge crowd of over 60,000 to watch the "ole ball coach" Steve Spurrier lead his South Carolina Gamecocks to beat Nebraska 30-13.
As usual, Nebraska brought thousands of fans with them to cheer on the Big Red. The slightly-cooler and sunny weather was perfect for an afternoon football game.
Spurrier and the Gamecocks poured it on in the second half though, and came away with the victory. The win is significant for South Carolina. It establishes the team as the most successful Gamecocks team ever, with an 11-win season.
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