The Rams, who finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, will face an opponent from the Big East Conference on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31,2003, at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Bell Park.
"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent Colorado State University and the Mountain West Conference in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. I know that I speak for all of our coaches and players in saying this is a great day for our entire football program," said CSU Athletic Director Mark Driscoll.
"To play a bowl game in San Francisco with the tremendous alumni support that we enjoy in California as a whole and specifically in the Bay area, as well as the great number of our student-athletes that are from the state makes it even more special for our entire program. Then to have the chance to play a member of the Big East Conference is truly exciting. We could not be happier."
CSU currently leads the Mountain West in scoring offense, averaging 30.9 point per game, and is second in the conference on total offence, averaging 419.4 yards per game. Colorado QB, Bradlee Van Pelt, ranks second in the conference in total offence, boasting 268.9 yards per game. Van Pelt, who broke a small bone in his hand in Saturday's 24-23 win over UNLV, is expected to be ready to play in plenty of time for the bowl game.
"We are thrilled to be able to select Colorado State as one of our teams for the 2nd Annual Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl," said Gary Cavalli, the Bowl's executive director. "To be honest, CSU is one of the teams we've wanted all year long. They have one of the most exciting players in college football in quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, and in Sonny Lubick they not only have one of the top coaches in the game, but also one with ties to the Bay Area."
"Colorado State will bring a lot of fans to San Francisco for our game, and I think they have the type of exciting, high-scoring team that will attract a lot of Bay Area football fans. We're halfway to a great match up on New Year's Eve."
2003 marks the Rams' 10th consecutive winning seasons under Lubick - a school record and among the longest streaks in the nation. Lubick owns a 91-43 record in his ten seasons as head coach at CSU, and has been named MWC coach of the year four times ('94, '97, '99, 2000). This will be Lubick's 8th postseason trip in his 11 seasons as head coach at CSU, and his 5th consecutive bowl appearance.