LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Head coach Mark Mangino announced Saturday, that for the first time since 1995, the University of Kansas (6-6, 3-5 Big 12) football team will participate in the postseason as the Jayhawks have accepted an offer to play North Carolina State (7-5, 4-4 ACC) in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl. The game will be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on December 22nd at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets to the Mazda Tangerine Bowl are $45.00 and are on-sale at FCSBowls.com the bowl's official web site.
"On behalf of Kansas University, I am delighted and honored to accept this offer to participate in the 14th Mazda Tangerine Bowl. We have spent some time over the past few weeks talking to the teams that have played in this game and they have had nothing but great things to say about Florida Citrus Sports and the Tangerine Bowl experience," said Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins.
Kansas concluded its regular season on November 22 with a 36-7 win over Iowa State. The win made Kansas bowl eligible for the first time since the 1995 season.
"There's no question in our mind that our fans will show up strong for the Mazda Tangerine Bowl," said Kansas head coach Mark Mangino.
"Playing a bowl game in the state of Florida has been a long time in coming for our program. There's been a certain amount of anticipation among our players and coaches hoping that this opportunity would come."
The last time Kansas played in a bowl game in the state of Florida was 1969. The Jayhawks, who finished seventh in the AP and sixth in the UPI polls during the 1968 season, lost to Penn State 15-14 in the Orange Bowl.
"We are looking forward to bringing Kansas and the Jayhawk fans back to the Sunshine State for the first time in over 30 years," said FCS President Richard Jackson. "This will be a terrific bowl game and experience for the student-athletes as well as the school's supporters who make the trip to the nation's number-one vacation destination."
Kansas and North Carolina State squared off in Memphis, Tenn., at the 1973 Liberty Bowl in the only other meeting between the two schools. The Wolfpack won the contest, 31-18.
The Jayhawks have never played a bowl game in Orlando, but the team has played two of its eight bowl contests in the state of Florida (1948, 1969 Orange Bowls).
Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina State is making its fourth consecutive bowl trip under head coach Chuck Amato. The 2003 contest against Kansas marks the Wolfpack's second appearance at the Mazda Tangerine Bowl in the last three years. In 2001, the Wolfpack fell to Pittsburgh, 34-19.