Financial News & Record: Gator Bowl: Big 10 or Big 12
"The Big East-ACC contract runs through the next game, which will be on January 2, 2006. The new match-up will begin with the 2007 game.
The association gets the first choice of any ACC team which doesn't qualify for the Bowl Championship Series, a four-bowl alliance that is intended to identify a national champion.
It is not clear at what level the association would choose a team with either the Big 10 or Big 12. Both conferences presently have bowl affiliations which go as deep as the No. 6 team but some of those contracts also are up for renewal."
NC State's last appearance in the Toyota Gator Bowl came in 2003 when the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame 28-6.
NC State knocked Notre Dame quarterback Carlyle Holiday out of the game early, then jumped all over Pat Dillingham. Wolfpack safety Rod Johnson picked off three passes and RB T.A. McLendon ran for two first half touchdowns. Philip Rivers also threw for two touchdowns, and Notre Dame was only able to get two Nick Setta field goals.
As part of a multimillion dollar settlement over the defection of three schools, the conferences have scheduled nine additional football games from 2008-12, including a visit by Miami to Pittsburgh.
The settlement specifies home-and-home series between Florida State and West Virginia, North Carolina and Rutgers, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh, and Virginia and Connecticut. Miami will receive an appearance fee of $225,000 for playing at Pittsburgh on Sept. 11, 2010.