KU to the Orange Bowl

LAWRENCE, Kan. - For the first time in school history, the University of Kansas football team has been selected to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The Jayhawks (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) will face Virginia Tech (11-2, 7-1 ACC) in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The game, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium, will be televised nationally on FOX.

The Jayhawks and Hokies will be meeting on the football field for the first time. Both teams bring impressive resumes to the game as KU won its first 11 contests of the season before falling to Border Showdown rival Missouri in the regular season finale. Tech brings a 11-2 record into the bowl game, with their only blemishes coming at No. 2 LSU and at home to Boston College.

This marks the third time KU has played in the Orange Bowl, and the first since 1969, a 15-14 loss to Penn State. KU's other appearance came in 1948, a 20-14 loss to Georgia Tech. The 2008 Orange Bowl will be the Jayhawks' 11th bowl game all-time, and third in the Mark Mangino era.

KU was ranked No. 2 in the BCS before falling in its regular season finale to No. 7 Missouri, who moved into the top spot heading into this past weekend.

Virginia Tech defeated Boston College, 30-16, in the ACC Championship game on Saturday, which marked its fifth-straight win after falling to BC on Oct. 25. The Hokies will be making their 15th straight bowl appearance, dating back to 1993. Tech is 7-13 all-time in bowl games, including a loss to Nebraska in 1996, their only other Orange Bowl appearance.

Kansas is led on offense by sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing (32 TDs, eight INTs), who also amassed 3,259 yards through the air. Senior fullback Brandon McAnderson (1,050 yards, 16 TDs) and sophomore Jake Sharp (788 yards, seven TDs) combined for over 1,800 yards rushing. KU's receiving leaders included junior Dexton Fields (56 catches, 733 yards, six TDs) and senior Marcus Henry (52 catches, 994 yards, 9 TDs).

The Hokies are led by senior quarterback Sean Glennon (1462 yards passing, eight TDs, two INTs) and sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor (888 yards, five TDs, two INTs). On the ground, Tech is led by senior Brandon Ore (821 yards, eight TDs) and Taylor (512 yards, six TDs). The Hokies' receiving leaders are Justin Harper (35 catches, 549, four TDs), Josh Morgan (35 catches, 467 yards, four TDs) and Eddie Royal (28 catches, 422 yards, three TDs).

Ticket information will be released as it becomes available on kuathletics.com.


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