After the Tournament of Roses organizers had such success with the Rose Bowl, in 1926, leaders in Miami tried to do the same thing with a "Fiesta of the American Tropics." Unlike the Rose Bowl, which was created after the Tournament of Roses Parade was started, the Fiesta was built around a New Year's Day football game.

Just one year after its inception, the festival was discontinued, but the football game remained.

In 1932, the first Fesitval of Palms Bowl -- the precursor to the Orange Bowl -- was held. In the first two instances, an at-large team was invited to take on the local team -- Miami. Technically, under the circumstances, the NCAA could not recognize it as a bowl because one team was guaranteed a spot in the game regardless of record. In 1935, the bowl was revamped, not guaranteeing a spot for anyone (although Miami did play) and renamed the Orange Bowl.

Memorable moments

• William "Refrigerator" Perry helped hold down the Nebraska offense to give Clemson a 22-15 victory -- and the national title -- in 1982.

• In 1984, Miami won its first national championship, beating Nebraska 31-30 after Ken Callhoun deflected Turner Gill's pass that would have given Nebraska a 2-point conversion.

• In 1991, with 43 seconds left, Raghib Ismail returned a punt 92 yards for what appeared to be the winning touchdown that would have cost Colorado a share of the national title. However, the touchdown was called back on a clipping penalty.

• In 1994, with Florida State leading 18-16, Nebraska's Tommie Frazier hit Trumane Bell for a 29-yard gain to the FSU 28-yard line in the final seconds. The clock ticked down to 0:00, However, referee John Soffey ruled that Bell was down with 1 second left on the clock, and ordered the field cleared, allowing Nebraska placekicker Byron Bennett a shot to kick the game-winning field goal. But the 45-yard kick sailed wide left.

• In the first overtime game of the BCS era, Alabama placekicker Ryan Pflugner missed a point after, giving Michigan a 35-34 win.

• The 2006 Orange Bowl took more than four hours and was the final meeting of coaches Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden. FSU kicker Gary Cismesia missed two field goals in three overtimes and Penn State won 26-23.

• In 2012, nine different Orange Bowl records were either tied or broken when West Virginia beat Clemson 70-33.

YEARWINNERSCORELOSERSCORE
1935Bucknell26Miami (Fla.)0
1936Catholic University20Ole Miss19
1937Duquesne13Mississippi State12
1938Auburn6Michigan State0
1939Tennessee17Oklahoma0
1940Georgia Tech21Missouri7
1941Mississippi State14Georgetown7
1942Georgia40TCU26
1943Alabama37Boston College21
1944LSU19Texas A&M14
1945Tulsa26Georgia Tech12
1946Miami (Fla.)13Holy Cross6
1947Rice8Tennessee0
1948Georgia Tech20Kansas14
1949Texas41Georgia28
1950Santa Clara21Kentucky13
1951Clemson15Miami (Fla.)14
1952Georgia Tech17Baylor14
1953Alabama61Syracuse6
1954Oklahoma7Maryland0
1955Duke34Nebraska7
1956Oklahoma20Maryland6
1957Colorado27Clemson21
1958Oklahoma48Duke21
1959Oklahoma21Syracuse6
1960Georgia14Missouri0
1961Missouri21Navy14
1962LSU25Colorado7
1963Alabama17Oklahoma0
1964Nebraska13Auburn7
1965Texas21Alabama17
1966Alabama39Nebraska28
1967Florida27Georgia Tech12
1968Oklahoma26Tennessee24
1969Penn State15Kansas14
1970Penn State10Missouri3
1971Nebraska17LSU12
1972Nebraska38Alabama6
1973Nebraska40Notre Dame6
1974Penn State16LSU9
1975Notre Dame13Alabama11
1976Oklahoma14Michigan6
1977Ohio State27Colorado10
1978Arkansas31Oklahoma6
1979Oklahoma31Nebraska24
1980Oklahoma24Florida State7
1981Oklahoma18Florida State17
1982Clemson22Nebraska15
1983Nebraska21LSU20
1984Miami (Fla.)31Nebraska30
1985Washington28Oklahoma17
1986Oklahoma25Penn State10
1987Oklahoma42Arkansas8
1988Miami (Fla.)20Oklahoma14
1989Miami (Fla.)23Nebraska3
1990Notre Dame21Colorado6
1991Colorado10Notre Dame9
1992Miami (Fla.)22Nebraska0
1993Florida State27Nebraska14
1994Florida State18Nebraska16
1995Nebraska24Miami (Fla,)17
1996Florida State31Notre Dame26
1996Nebraska41Virginia Tech21
1998Nebraska42Tennessee17
1999Florida31Syracuse10
2000Michigan35Alabama34
2001Oklahoma13Florida State2
2002Florida56Maryland23
2003USC38Iowa17
2004Miami (Fla.)16Florida State14
2005USC55Oklahoma19
2006Penn State26Florida State23
2007Louisville24Wake Forest13
2008Kansas24Virginia Tech21
2009Virginia Tech20Cincinnati7
2010Iowa24Georgia Tech14
2011Stanford40Virginia Tech12
2012West Virginia70Clemson33
2013Florida State31Northern Illinois10
2014Clemson40Ohio State35