Rivalries, even entire leagues, come and go. But the ACC and Super Bowl Sunday live on as an item, married since an undefeated N.C. State squad led by David Thompson edged a comparably gifted Maryland team 87-85 in January 1973.
Thompson's late score, a tip of a missed shot at the buzzer, sealed the outcome in an unusual national television appearance for any college game in that pre-cable era.
The ACC contest brimmed with drama, in sharp contrast with the lackluster 14-7 Super Bowl that followed. Miami won handily despite the final score, concluding the only undefeated NFL season (17-0) since the 1967 advent of the Game Of Multimillion Dollar Commercials.
The most memorable play in Super Bowl VII came after a muffed 41-yard field goal late in the game. The 3-point try was blocked. Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian recovered and tried to pass the ball, only to have it intercepted and run back for a touchdown. That was it for offense by Washington.
Last season the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers shortly after Georgia Tech defeated Virginia at Atlanta. Virginia is on the road again to herald the Super Bowl, this time traveling to Pittsburgh to take on one of the ACC's newest members.
Considering its competitive pedigree, it's odd Duke has appeared prior to two fewer Super Bowls than Virginia (9), not to mention fewer than N.C. State (15), North Carolina (14), Maryland (11), Wake Forest (9), Florida State (8), and Georgia Tech (8). Those totals include the pending meeting between the Cavaliers and the homestanding Panthers.
Overall, of the ACC's original members only Clemson has appeared less often than Duke. The most successful and prolific ACC team playing in tandem with the Super Bowl remains N.C. State at 10-5.
Four of Pitt's brethren in Big East flight -- Boston College, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech -- have yet to participate in a prelude encounter for football's Roman Numeral Extravaganza. BC and Virginia Tech have been in the ACC about a decade.
UVa has won four of eight previous outings on Super Bowl Sunday. Boding ill for the Cavaliers, the only other time Seattle reached the Super Bowl, the Seahawks faced, and lost to, Pittsburgh. Granted, that was the Steelers, but you get the somewhat contorted point.
Georgia Tech's victory last season was just its third in eight appearances on the big day and the first not engineered under coach Bobby Cremins.
For what it's worth, when Virginia wins on Super Bowl Sunday so do NFC teams, notching a 3-1 record. One of the losers in those years was Denver, a contestant in 2014. When the Cavs lose on the Big Day, AFC teams are 3-1, including a 1-1 record for the NFL franchise from Pittsburgh.
|* 2014 participant.|
|Date||Super Bowl Result||Basketball Result|
|2/2/14||Denver vs. Seattle||Virginia at Pittsburgh|
|2/3/13||Baltimore 34- San Francisco 31||Georgia Tech 66-Virginia 60|
|2/5/12||N.Y. Giants 21-New England 17||Miami 78-Duke 74 (OT)|
|2/6/11||Green Bay 31-Pittsburgh 25||North Carolina 89-Florida State 69|
|2/7/10||New Orleans 31-Indianapolis 17||Maryland 92-North Carolina 71|
|2/1/09||Pittsburgh 27-Arizona 23||Duke 67-Virginia 49|
|2/3/08||N.Y. Giants 17-New England 14||N.C. State 67-Wake Forest 65|
|North Carolina 84-Florida State 73 (OT)|
|2/4/07||Indianapolis 29-Chicago 17||Florida State 68-Duke 67|
|2/5/06||Pittsburgh 21-Seattle 10||N.C. State 62-Maryland 58|
|2/6/05||New England 24-Philadelphia 21||North Carolina 81-Florida State 60|
|2/1/04||New England 32-Carolina 29||N.C. State 81-Maryland 69|
|Florida State 88-Savannah State 73|
|1/26/03||Tampa Bay 48-Oakland 21||Wake Forest 71-Florida State 60|
|N.C. State 86-North Carolina 77|
|2/3/02||New England 20-St. Louis 17||Maryland 89-N.C. State 73|
|Missouri 81-Virginia 77|
|1/28/01||Baltimore 34-N.Y. Giants 7||North Carolina 60-N.C. State 52|
|1/30/00||St. Louis 23-Tennessee 16||Virginia 76-Wake Forest 67|
|1/31/99||Denver 34-Atlanta 19||Wake Forest 85-Maryland 72|
|North Carolina 75-Georgia Tech 66|
|1/25/98||Denver 31-Green Bay 24||Wake Forest 74-Missouri 65|
|N.C. State 56-Georgia Tech 51|
|1/26/97||Green Bay 35-New England 21||North Carolina 61-Clemson 48|
|Maryland 74-Duke 70|
|1/28/96||Dallas 27-Pittsburgh 17||Duke 83-Maryland 73|
|Connecticut 76-Virginia 46|
|1/29/95||San Fran 49-San Diego 26||Georgia Tech 81-Florida State 68|
|1/30/94||Dallas 30-Buffalo 13||North Carolina 85-Wake Forest 61|
|1/31/93||Dallas 52-Buffalo 17||N.C. State 72-Clemson 70|
|Florida State 96-Georgia Tech 77|
|1/26/92||Washington 37-Buffalo 24||NO ACC ACTION|
|1/27/91||N.Y. Giants 20-Buffalo 19||Georgia Tech 88-North Carolina 86|
|1/28/90||San Fran 55-Denver 10||Virginia 71-Wake Forest 70 (OT)|
|Duke 88-Georgia Tech 86|
|1/22/89||San Fran 20-Cincinnati 16||Illinois 103-Ga. Tech 92 (2OT)|
|1/31/88||Washington 42-Denver 20||N.C. State 71-DePaul 66|
|1/25/87||N.Y. Giants 39-Denver 20||Kansas 74-N.C. State 60|
|1/26/86||Chicago 46-New England 10||North Carolina 73-Notre Dame 61|
|1/20/85||San Francisco 38-Miami 16||NO ACC ACTION|
|1/22/84||L.A. Raiders 38-Washington 9||NO ACC ACTION|
|1/30/83||Washington 27-Miami 17||Arkansas 68-Wake Forest 65|
|1/24/82||San Fran 26-Cincinnati 21||Virginia 74-Louisville 56|
|1/25/81||Oakland 27-Philadelphia 10||Virginia 89-Ohio State 73|
|1/20/80||Pittsburgh 31-L.A. Rams 19||Maryland 92-North Carolina 86|
|1/21/79||Pittsburgh 35-Dallas 31||Duke 75-N.C. State 69|
|1/15/78||Dallas 27-Denver 10||North Carolina 71-Wake Forest 69|
|1/9/77||Oakland 32-Minnesota 14||Maryland 87-N.C. State 80|
|1/18/76||Pittsburgh 21-Dallas 17||N.C. State 68-North Carolina 67|
|1/12/75||Pittsburgh 16-Minnesota 6||NO ACC ACTION|
|1/13/74||Miami 24-Minnesota 7||N.C. State 80-Maryland 74|
|1/14/73||Miami 14-Washington 7||N.C. State 87-Maryland 85|