ACC Bowl Roundup: Virginia Tech to Independence, Florida State gets Peach

ACC_Football_Digital_DBGVirginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer’s final bowl game will come at the site of his first, the Independence Bowl.

The Hokies (6-6) will play Tulsa (6-6) in the Saturday, Dec. 26 game in Shreveport, La.

Beamer’s first bowl appearance came at the end of the 1993 season at the Independence Bowl. The Hokies beat Indiana, 45-20, in that game, which started a streak of 23 seasons for Beamer teams in bowl games.

Tulsa is a member of the American Athletic Conference, and is a division rival of Memphis, whose coach, Justin Fuente, will succeed Beamer at Virginia Tech after the bowl.

Tulsa finished 3-5 in the AAC, including a 66-42 loss to Memphis on Oct. 24.

The Golden Hurricane lost three games to teams that finished in the final regular-season AP Top 25: falling to #3 Oklahoma, 52-38, in Week 3, losing 38-24 to #14 Houston in Week 4, and dropping a 44-21 decision to #21 Navy in Week 11.


2015 ACC bowl schedule

  • Miami (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4), Sun Bowl, Dec. 26, 2 p.m., CBS
  • Duke (7-5) vs. Indiana (6-6), Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Tulsa (6-6), Independence Bowl, Dec. 26, 5;45 p.m.
  • Pitt (8-4) vs. Navy (9-2), Military Bowl, Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
  • #10 North Carolina (11-2) vs. #17 Baylor (9-3), Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
  • C. State (7-5) vs. Mississippi State (8-4), Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Louisville (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (8-4), Music City Bowl, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., ESPN
  • #9 Florida State (10-2) vs. #18 Houston (12-1), Peach Bowl, Dec. 31, noon, ESPN
  • #1 Clemson (13-0) vs. #4 Oklahoma (11-1), College Football Playoff semifinals, Dec. 31, 4 p.m., ESPN
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