Tech Accepts Gator Bowl Bid
Hokies to face Louisville on Jan. 2
December 4, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Sunday that it has accepted a bid to play in the 61st Toyota Gator Bowl. The Hokies will face No. 15 Louisville on Jan. 2 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by NBC.

"We are excited to be going to the Gator Bowl," said Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. "I think it makes a great statement about our fans and how they support us, for the Gator Bowl to want us back after just being there for the ACC Championship game.

"We look forward to playing a quality opponent like Louisville," he added. "The people at the Gator Bowl have always been gracious and we look forward to their hospitality."

Tech will enter the game with a 10-2 record and a No. 12 national ranking, following a 27-22 loss to Florida State in the inaugural ACC Championship game Saturday night in Jacksonville. Louisville defeated the University of Connecticut 30-20 on Saturday to close its regular season with a 9-2 record. The Hokies and Cardinals have met six times in football, beginning in 1979. The Cards won the last meeting 21-17 at home in 1992, but Tech holds an overall edge of 4-2 in the series.

This will mark the fifth trip to the Gator Bowl for the Hokies. Tech is 1-3 in Gator Bowl games. The Hokies fell to Tennessee 45-23 in the 1994 Gator Bowl, which was played in Gainesville, Fla., while Alltel Stadium was being built. Tech lost to North Carolina 42-3 in the Gator Bowl following the 1997 season. The Hokies picked up their first Gator Bowl win with a 41-20 decision over Clemson in January 2001, before losing to Florida State 30-17 in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

Ticket information and further details will be available early this week.