North for the Holidays

The USC Trojans are headed north for the holidays, to face the Boston College Eagles in a battle of 8-4 teams in the Emerald Bowl on Dec.26th with kickoff slated for 5:00 p.m. PST.

The USC Trojans are headed north for the holidays, to face the Boston College Eagles in a battle of 8-4 teams in the Emerald Bowl on Dec.26th with kickoff slated for 5:00 p.m. PST.

"We could not be happier with this matchup," Emerald Bowl Executive director Gary Cavalli said. "In USC, we have one of the great brands in college football and a program that is almost always in the national championship hunt. In Boston College, we have one of the nation's premier academic institutions and an over-achieving team that overcame a lot of adversity this season."

After a discouraging 21-17 loss in the regular season finale, the Trojans will get a chance to bounce back and send the senior class out with a win over a tough ACC foe.

"We get to play one more game this year. We're disappointed with the way we played the last half of this season, so the Emerald Bowl gives us a chance to finish the year on a positive note," Pete Carroll said. "We'll work hard to send our seniors out in the fashion they deserve. And it'll give our younger players some extra practice time that will pay off in the future."

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett added: "It will be fun for our team and fans to spend the Christmas holiday in San Francisco. Although this season didn't go quite as we hoped, the Emerald Bowl provides our young team with great competition against a very good opponent. It also affords our players, especially our seniors, with an opportunity to finish the year on a strong note.

"We hope to represent the Pac-10 well and add to the league's strong out-of-conference showing this season."

First-year head coach Frank Spaziani has led the Eagles to a surprising 8-4 record that has included wins over Florida State and Wake Forest.

"We're playing a team with a strong tradition and it looks like it's a good matchup across the board," Carroll said. "I know Frank Spaziani and he's done a nice job with that program. Congratulations to him, his staff and his players."

The Eagles have overachieved this season behind the play of wide receiver Rich Gunnell and freshman linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Grunnell, who has pulled in 54 receptions for 750 yards and six touchdowns, was recently named the Eagles' MVP, while Kuechly was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 142 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss.

The Emerald Bowl will be the eleventh consecutive bowl appearance for Boston College, who has an impressive 8-1 bowl record since 2000.

The Trojans will be making their ninth consecutive bowl appearance, a run that includes seven BCS bowl bids.

The Emerald Bowl will be the third meeting of the two schools, with USC holding a 2-0 advantage.


Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans will face Boston College in the Emerald Bowl on Dec.26th

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