Colorado and Clemson in the Champs Bowl

Colorado will play Clemson Dec. 27 in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., CU officials announced Sunday. Also, quarterback Joel Klatt is expected to suffer no ill effects from the blow he received in Saturday's game vs. Texas.

Colorado knew it was in contention for a bid to the Champs Sports Bowl on Saturday, and CU coaches spoke to the Buffalo players following Saturday's 70-3 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship game. Sunday afternoon, CU head coach Gary Barnett said he will make the formal announcement to the team when they meet Monday.

"They have been excited about the opportunity to come to Orlando," Barnett said.

A bowl official said they chose between CU and Kansas to matchup with ACC Clemson Tigers, but chose Colorado because of head-to-head competition. (CU beat Kansas 44-13 on Oct. 22.)

The Buffs will enter the game 7-5, while Clemson is 7-4 on the season. The Tigers, who finished third in the ACC's Atlantic Division, closed the regular season with three straight victories, including signature wins over then-No. 17 Florida State, the eventual ACC champion, and archrival and No. 19 South Carolina. Earlier in the year, Clemson lost in overtime to Miami.

Colorado and Clemson have two of the three Lou Groza Award finalists, as Mason Crosby and Jad Dean vie with Oregon State's Alexis Serna for the honor, which will be announced Thursday in Orlando.

Champs Bowl tickets cost $50, and Colorado will receive an allotment of 12,000 tickets for the 65,438-seat Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. MT.

Those (fans) interested in purchasing tickets from Colorado's allotment can do so in two ways at present, either in-person at CU's Athletic Ticket Office at Folsom Field (located between gates 4 and 5), or by phoning 303-492-8337 (1-800-872-8337) beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m. There are no Internet sales at present due to system problems, which hope to be rectified early this week.

Klatt returns home
CU quarterback Joel Klatt spent the night in Houston after receiving a mild concussion in the Big 12 title game. Klatt was held for medical observation at the Hermann Medical Center in Houston. According to CU officials, no long-term effects are expected from the blow, which team doctors initially thought may have broken Klatt's jaw. Barnett said Sunday the team hoped to have Klatt back for the bowl game, but his status is still uncertain.

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