WVU Accepts Champs Sports Bowl Bid

One day after securing a share of the Big East Conference championship (and hours after watching Connecticut secure the league's BCS bowl berth), West Virginia, as expected, was invited to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

The Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) will likely face North Carolina State at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Dec. 28, in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

All indications are they will face an old rival from bowl games of yore. The Wolfpack, then coached by Lou Holtz (who notably was born in Follansbee, W.Va.), faced off with WVU in the 1972 and 1975 Peach Bowl games in Atlanta, Ga.

The schools split those postseason meetings, dropping a 49-13 decision in the 1972 match-up before head coach Bobby Bowden, in his last game on the West Virginia sidelines, got the better of Holtz with a 13-10 victory in the 1975 game.

The two schools have played nine games overall. WVU holds a 5-4 overall record in a series that began in 1914 with a 26-13 N.C. State victory in Raleigh, N.C. They have not played since the Wolfpack won 38-14 in a game at Old Mountaineer Field in 1979.

This year's North Carolina State squad completed the regular season 8-4, including a 28-24 win over Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up Florida State, then ranked No. 16 in the country.

The Wolfpack, coached by former Boston College head man Tom O'Brien, finished 5-3 in the ACC. They had a chance to win the league's Atlantic Division in the final week of the regular season, but fell to Maryland (a team WVU beat 31-17 in September) 38-31.

BlueGoldNews.com will have more on the selection later Sunday evening, as WVU head coach Bill Stewart is scheduled to be made available to reporters on a teleconference at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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