U of L accepts bid to Russell Athletic Bowl

CINCINNATI - The University of Louisville has accepted a bid into the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals beat Cincinnati 31-24 on Thursday night and then accepted the bid minutes after the victory.

University of Louisville football wide receiver Damian Copeland was celebrating in the locker room on Thursday night after a 31-24 win over Cincinnati in overtime.

And he said athletic director Tom Jurich walked up with a big smile on his face and uttered the words, "We're going to Disney World."

The Cardinals are headed to Orlando – the home of Mickey Mouse and the Russell Athletic Bowl – after a 31-24 win over Cincinnati in overtime. U of L athletic director Tom Jurich accepted the bid shortly after the game.

"It's a great bowl and we're looking forward to it," Jurich said.

The game will be played in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 28 at 6:45 p.m. against a foe from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It appears it will be Duke, Miami or Virginia Tech are the teams in the mix for the other spot.

"We're excited to host a ranked, one-loss Louisville team for the first time," Steve Hogan, the bowl CEO, said in a statement. "It has built a powerful fan following and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for Orlando Bowl Week."

U of L (11-1) will be making its fourth straight bowl appearance and 18th in school history. The Cardinals won the Sugar Bowl last season.

The Cardinals have 40 players on the roster from the state of Florida and Copeland said, "it makes it a sweet homecoming."

"I know those guys are excited and it will be warm weather, so that's nice," junior running back Dominique Brown said.

Tickets for the event begin at $20. Tickets in the U of L section can be purchased at www.gocards.com.

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