|2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|43rd Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|Date||December 31, 2010|
|Favorite||South Carolina by 3|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jeannine Edwards|
The 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl is the forty-third edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. It was played Friday, December 31, 2010, at 7:30 EST, and featured the #23 Florida State Seminoles versus the #19 South Carolina Gamecocks.
The SEC Eastern Division Champion South Carolina Gamecocks appeared in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Gamecocks also entered the game with an impressive 9-4 record after a 7-6 season in 2009. South Carolina has some of the finest young talent in the SEC in freshman running back Marcus Lattimore and sophomore receiver Alshon Jeffery. They also made their first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, although they do have one Peach Bowl appearance: a 14-3 loss to West Virginia in 1969.
The ACC Atlantic Division Champion Florida State Seminoles came into the game with a 9-4 record in coach Jimbo Fisher's first season. The strength of the Seminoles this season has been their defense, which ranks No. 2 in the nation in sacks and No. 17 in tackles for loss. Florida State's appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl marks a continuance of their streak of active consecutive bowl games to twenty nine. Although FSU has never appeared in the Chick-fil-A Bowl under its current name, it has appeared in two games when it was known as the Peach Bowl, losing the inaugural game in 1968 and winning it in 1983.
Like South Carolina, Florida State has been a member of its current conference since 1992.
|FSU - D. Hopkins 29-yard field goal, 8:08||FSU 3 - 0|
|FSU - Hopkins 48-yard field goal, 02:42||FSU 6 - 0|
|FSU - C. Thompson 27-yd run (Hopkins kick), 01:02||FSU 13-0|
|SC - Spencer Lanning 40-yd field goal, 00:00||FSU 13-3|
|FSU - Hopkins 35-yd field goal, 10:38||FSU 16-3|
|SC - Stephen Garcia 3-yd pass from Ace Sanders (Lanning kick), 03:49||FSU 16-10|
|FSU - Hopkins 45-yd field goal, 00:09||FSU 19-10|
|SC - Brian Maddox 7-yd run (Spencer Lanning kick), 11:56||FSU 19-17|
|FSU - T. Easterling 7-yard pass from Manuel, E. J. (Hopkins kick), 05:27||FSU 26-17|
|Total offense, plays - yards||414||308|
|Passing yards (net)||275||90|
|Time of Possession||26:32||33:28|
Florida State QB Christian Ponder had left the game in the second quarter with a concussion, E.J Manuel had taken over the Florida State offense. E.J completed 11 to 15 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and had seven carries for 46 yards. He was 7-for-7 passing on the fourth-quarter touchdown drive led the Seminoles to 26-17 win. After the game Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said "I hate it for Christian, he got dinged on the back of his head. He came off and he was kind of out of it a little bit. I hate that because of what he means to us but EJ, oh boy, I'm glad he's on our team." "E.J. is special." 
The two schools had met 18 prior times with Florida State holding a commanding 15-3 advantage in the series. The last meeting was a 38-10 FSU victory in 1991. This was the first time the programs had met in a bowl game.