WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EagleBank Bowl announced today that Temple will meet Army or UCLA in the 2009 game to be held Tuesday, December 29th in Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 pm PT.
"In either scenario, we feel we have a great matchup for this year's EagleBank Bowl," said Steve Beck, Executive Director of the EagleBank Bowl. "We look forward to hosting the players, coaches and their fans for a tremendous week of fun in the nation's capital."
With one of the youngest rosters in the country, UCLA won three straight games in November for a 6-6 record and are playing in their first bowl game under head coach Rick Neuheisel. The Bruins have gotten it done with defense as they boast the nation's interception leader in free safety Rahim Moore and defensive tackle Brian Price is tied for third nationally with 22.5 tackles for loss.
"I think a berth in the EagleBank Bowl is a nice reward for our program, which made steady progress this season," said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "The bowl is in a great location, we will be playing an outstanding oppoent, and we hope our fans, especially those on the East Coast, take the opportunity to support their Bruins on Dec. 29."
Temple received an at-large invitation to the EagleBank Bowl and will be playing in their first bowl game in 30 years. The Owls have experienced a football resurgence under fourth-year head coach Al Golden, going 9-3 this season and tieing for first-place in the Mid-American Conference.
Temple's opponent is contingent on the outcome of the Army-Navy game to be held Saturday in Philadelphia. If Army beats Navy, the Cadets will advance to their first bowl game since 1996. If Army loses to Navy, Temple will face UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl.
In just his first season, Army head coach Rich Ellerson has already made an impact. The Cadets are 5-6 and have their most wins since 1996. Army is led by freshman quarterback Trent Steelman and boast the tallest player in Division 1A in wide receiver Alejandro Villanueva.
In the inaugural EagleBank Bowl in 2008, Wake Forest defeated Navy Midshipmen, 29-19, at before nearly 30,000 fans at RFK Stadium.
UCLA fans wishing to purchase tickets for the EagleBank Bowl should call the UCLA Ticket Office at 310/UCLA-WIN.
For more information, please visit EagleBankBowl.org
About the EagleBank Bowl
The EagleBank Bowl, the first NCAA-sanctioned postseason bowl game in Washington, D.C., has been held in the District's historic RFK Stadium since 2008. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc., the Washington Convention and Sports Authority and title sponsor EagleBank, the EagleBank Bowl serves as a premier regional event. With first-rate participants and events, the EagleBank Bowl seeks to positively impact the regional economy and charitable partners, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation's capital as a leading college football destination. The 2009 EagleBank Bowl is Tuesday, December 29 at 4:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. PST (ESPN).