The memory of his performance in the University of Cincinnati’s loss to Virginia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl has nagged at quarterback Tony Pike for nearly a year.
He talked frequently during the season about how much that performance motivated him as he went about the business of trying to lead the Bearcats to their second straight Big East Conference championship and another shot in a BCS bowl game.
That time has nearly arrived. On Friday night, Pike and the fourth-ranked Bearcats will take the field at the Louisiana Superdome to play against No. 5 Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, with Pike looking to erase whatever bad feelings remain from last year’s New Year’s night.