Tar Heels to Face Boston College in Tire Bowl

CHARLOTTE N.C. - As announced by Raycom Sports and the Continental Tire Bowl, North Carolina learned Tuesday afternoon that it will take on No. 23 Boston College in the December 30 Continental Tire Bowl. The Eagles accepted the Big East bid to this year's game.

College football's first bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the third-annual Continental Tire Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., with a 1 p.m. kickoff. The game is certified to and operated by Charlotte-based Raycom Sports.

"We are very excited to play an opponent the caliber of Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl," said North Carolina head coach John Bunting. "I have a great deal of respect for their program and staff and I expect an exciting game in Charlotte.

"BC will bring a lot to the ACC next year in terms of academics and athletics, and it will be exciting for the fans to see these two great schools compete in a bowl atmosphere this season."

"We are excited to extend an invitation to such a storied program as Boston College," said executive director Will Webb. "Boston College has a very strong football tradition and has been nationally-ranked most of the season. With the fourth pick from the Big East, we were able to take a first-place team. If not for an untimely injury, they may very well be playing in a BCS game. Boston College and North Carolina present a very appealing matchup for the Continental Tire Bowl."

"We are honored to be playing in the Continental Tire Bowl," said Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien. "We're looking forward to meeting an outstanding North Carolina team that beat Miami and got better and better as the season progressed. We'll be bringing the most successful senior class in Boston College football history to Charlotte, an outstanding group that has won 33 games. Our players are excited and eager to prepare for North Carolina."

"We are thrilled to accept the invitation to the Continental Tire Bowl, which will be our sixth consecutive bowl game," said Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo. "We have heard nothing but wonderful things about the bowl from our friends who have gone there before. Our players are deserving of this reward after finishing 8-3 with a share of the Big East title. They went on the road and beat a 10th-ranked West Virginia team, 36-17, and defeated Notre Dame for the fourth year in a row. We're looking forward to meeting our future ACC opponent, North Carolina, on December 30."

Boston College (8-3 overall, 4-2 Big East) finished the season tied for first-place in the conference, but was eliminated from BCS contention through tiebreakers. The Eagles recorded wins over bowl-bound West Virginia, Notre Dame and UConn during the season.

"The final decision came down to Boston College and UConn," said Ken Haines, President & CEO of Raycom Sports. "Both schools had positive attributes, but ultimately the selection committee felt that Boston College's success on the field this season was the determining factor."

Tickets are now on sale for the game. Upper Level Seats are priced at $27.50, and Lower Level seats are $52.50.

Tickets can be purchased online at TarHeelBlue.com by clicking on the ticket button at the top of the main page. Fans may also call the UNC Ticket Office at 1-800-722-4335 to purchase tickets.

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