Dec. 4, 2011
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech has formally accepted a bid to play Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas (2:00 p.m. ET/CBS).
The Yellow Jackets, 8-4, will play in a bowl game for the 15th consecutive season. Tech will play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl for the first time since beating Texas Tech in the 1970 event.
“We are extremely excited to accept an invitation from the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “We see this as a great reward for a young football team that has played well this entire season and we hope our many Tech faithful will be in El Paso to see our team play.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl gives our Yellow Jackets an opportunity to represent the ACC in what promises to be a very exciting game against a high-quality Pac-12 opponent.”
Utah, 7-5 and 4-5 in the Pac-12, closed the season by winning four of its last five games and the Utes went 3-0 in 2011 against non-conference competition (Montana State, BYU, Pittsburgh).
The Utes, 12-4 all-time in bowl games including 6-1 under coach Kyle Whittingham, were in contention for the Pac-12 South Division title until an upset loss to Colorado on Nov. 25.
“Our team is excited for the opportunity to play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” head coach Paul Johnson said. “Our players worked hard this season and we’re excited to have another game to play.
“We will face a very good Utah team that played its best football down the stretch. Coach (Kyle) Whittingham and his staff do a very good job and they will be very prepared.”
Tickets are currently available at: http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=FB&linkID=gatech&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=
Fans who won’t be able to make the trip to El Paso, but wish to donate tickets for the “Seat For A Soldier” effort, can do so at the website above.
There are approximately 30,000 troops stationed at Fort Bliss, which the participating teams will visit on bowl week. There are $40 and a limited number of $50 tickets available.
The only previous meeting between Georgia Tech and Utah came in the 2005 Emerald Bowl — a 38-10 Utes victory in San Francisco, Cal.
Georgia Tech’s 15th consecutive bowl appearance ties for the fourth-longest active streak among FBS schools. The Yellow Jackets will play in their 40th bowl game overall (22-17), tying for the 12th-most nationally.
The Sun Bowl, which currently pits an ACC team against a Pac-12 opponent, is the nation’s second-oldest bowl game.