On December 3, 2011, Clemson played Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. Clemson won that game 38-10, automatically qualifying for a spot in the Orange Bowl.
As many of you know, I am a huge Clemson fan, so the opportunity to go to a BCS bowl is one I could not pass up. I had talked with Z, who lives in Colorado, about going to the game. After learning he had an aunt in Miami, all we really needed were tickets. We were searching StubHub almost daily when I got an email from my cousin K, who had four Orange Bowl tickets they could not use. This was it! We were going to Miami!!!
We arrived in Miami to frigid weather, it was in the low 50's! The morning of the game, we were looking for a place to eat breakfast on our way to South Beach and thought we saw a great Orange Bowl Omen -- Coach Danny Ford (1981 National Championship Team Coach) walking alone on the street. Z and Kyle about jumped out of the car to get a picture with him. I was stuck trying to find parking, but there wasn't any to be had.
|Kyle and Danny Ford|
|Z and Danny Ford|
|Team Hotel Pedestrian Bridge|
|Some Star's fancy gate|
Sun Life Stadium
|Kyle and I|
|Script Tigers - Probably the highlight of the night|
|The guy who won the first season of "The Voice" sang the National Anthem|
|Taking the field|
|In Game Photo|
|Us with all the other Clemson Faithful (4th Qtr)|
|This is when I couldn't take it anymore|
Overall, the trip was a lot of fun. It was great to see friends I don't see much and talk a lot, I mean A LOT, of college football. The score of the game was the only down part of the trip. I'm not sure I would be willing to go back to Miami again next year, but that is where the National Championship game will be...just sayin'.