The 2009 Orange Bowl game was the 75th edition of the annual college
football bowl game known as the Orange Bowl. It pitted the 2008
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion Virginia Tech Hokies against
the Big East Conference champion Cincinnati Bearcats on January 1, 2009
at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Cincinnati scored first,
converting the game's opening possession into a touchdown and a 7–0
lead in the first quarter. Virginia Tech responded in the second
quarter, tying the game at seven before taking a 10–7 lead with a field
goal as time expired in the first half. In the third quarter, the two
teams battled defensively, with only the Hokies able to score any
points as Tech extended its lead to 13–7. During the final quarter,
Virginia Tech scored its second touchdown of the game, giving the
Hokies a 20–7 lead that lasted until time expired. In recognition of
his performance during the game, Virginia Tech running back Darren
Evans was named the game's most valuable player. Three months after the
game, players from each team entered the National Football League (NFL)
via the 2009 NFL Draft. Cincinnati had six players selected in the
draft, while Virginia Tech had one.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
A debt was pardoned by the Datu of Tondo on the island of Luzon, as
inscribed on the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the earliest known
written document found in the Philippines.
Manfred von Richthofen , known as "The Red Baron", was shot down and
killed near Vaux-sur-Somme in France, after a career as the most
successful fighter pilot of World War I with 80 confirmed air combat
The "Surgeon's Photograph", the most famous photo purportedly showing
the Loch Ness Monster (later revealed to be a hoax) was published in
the Daily Mail.
The Century 21 Exposition, the first world's fair in the United States
since World War II, opened in Seattle, Washington.
Radio astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail announced the
discovery of two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12, the first
definitive detection of extrasolar planets.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(transitive) To restrain, subdue, or control by awe; to cow
Wikiquote quote of the day:
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Therapy isn't curing somebody of something; it is a means of helping
a person explore himself, his life, his consciousness. My purpose as a
therapist is to find out what it means to be human. Every human being
must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he
says, "This is me and the world be damned!" Leaders have always been
the ones to stand against the society — Socrates, Christ, Freud, all
the way down the line.
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