David Bailiff's Rice Owls will become the first football team in school history to play in three consecutive bowls when they take on Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl on December 24. The game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii and broadcast nationally by ESPN.
"This is a great day for Rice Football and one that is a great reward for all the hard work that our players and staff have put into this program," Bailiff said. "I know they are very proud to be the first team to earn a third straight bowl berth and they have the longest active bowl streak in Conference USA, but they are not going to be satisfied with a bid. We have great respect for Fresno State and the great job that Tim DeRuyter has done with their program. I know our players will be excited at the chance to travel to Hawai'i and experience the great atmosphere of the Islands, but I have no doubt that our team is also looking forward to the opportunity to end our season on a winning note."
Tickets for the game will be on sale through the Rice Athletics Ticket office (713) 522- OWLS or on line . Owl fans are reminded to order their tickets through Rice in order to access the school's block of seats. Information on special ticket packages is now available for download For more information please go to the official Hawai'i Bowl Central page.
Rice (7-5) earned the 12th bowl bid in school history by reaching seven wins for the third consecutive season. The Owls have posted a 24-15 record over the past three seasons, their best production over any similar time frame in school history. The Owls three-bowl streak is the longest active streak in Conference USA.
The Bulldogs (6-7/5-3) will be heading to Honolulu after dropping a 28-14 decision to Boise State in the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday night. They have also qualified for three consecutive bowls and will be making their second appearance in Honolulu in the last three years. They dropped a 43-10 decision to SMU in 2012.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two schools, with Bulldogs having won the first six. Each of the previous six meetings were when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference from 1996-2004.