Fresno State to Play Georgia Tech in 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
This is the eighth bowl appearance in the last nine seasons for the Bulldogs.
Dec. 2, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State will be making its 20th appearance in a college football bowl game when they take on Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT Dec. 31 and will be televised live on ESPN2.
It marks the eighth bowl appearance in the last nine seasons under head coach Pat Hill. The Bulldogs finished the 2007 regular season with an 8-4 record and were 6-2 in the Western Athletic Conference for third place.
The Bulldogs will face an ACC opponent for the third time in a bowl game, and a BCS conference opponent for the fifth time in the last six bowl appearances. Fresno State defeated ACC team Georgia Tech 30-21 in the 2002 Silicon Valley Football Classic and No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in the 2004 MPC Computers Humanitarian Bowl in Boise.
"We are thrilled to be going back to Boise," said head coach Pat Hill. "We had a great experience there in 2004. Not only did we have a thrilling overtime win over a nationally-ranked Virginia team, but we enjoyed a warm reception by the people of Idaho that our players and staff have not forgotten."
Georgia Tech is the fifth ACC team to play in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in the last six seasons, joining Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Boston College and Virginia. The Yellow Jackets played in the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl, beating Tulsa 52-10.
The Yellow Jackets concluded the 2007 regular season with a 31-17 loss to No. 6 Georgia last week. They finished the season with a 7-5 overall record and posted a 4-4 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Following the Georgia game, Georgia Tech released head coach Chan Gailey after six seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta was immediately named interim head coach.
This will be just the second meeting between Fresno State and Georgia Tech, as the Bulldogs won the only other meeting in 2002 at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, 30-21. Georgia Tech is just one of six schools in the nation to have played in a bowl game each of the last 11 years. The Yellow Jackets record in bowls is 22-13 (.629) all-time. They are tied for third all-time in bowl winning percentage and eighth in bowl wins.
"We look forward to representing the Western Athletic Conference in a game against a very talented team from the ACC," said Hill. "I don't know much about Georgia Tech's personnel at this point, but Jon Tenuta is as good a defensive coach as there is in the country. They looked dominating at Notre Dame (a 33-3 Georgia Tech win) in the first game of the season, and regardless of how Notre Dame finished the season, winning like that at Notre Dame Stadium is not easy. They have wins over Miami (Fla.) and Clemson and had two tough, close losses at Virginia and Maryland. They were a couple plays away from being a nine-win team. This is a very talented team from the ACC. They have a rich tradition and we are pleased to be playing them in a bowl game again."
Georgia Tech is led by Senior Tashard Choice who is an All-American and Maxwell Award Candidate. He led the ACC in rushing for the second straight year and ranks 20th in the nation with 119.1 yards per game. He ranks in the top ten in many categories at Georgia Tech, including scoring history, career touchdowns, career rushing attempts, 100-yard rushing games, yards in a season and yards per game. He had a season-high 37 rushes for 204 yards at Miami.
"Bowl games are great opportunities for us to showcase our program, University and the Valley," said Hill. "We will get another national television audience and get exposure of our program and players to another part of the country that may not know much about Bulldog football or the Valley. We look forward to representing the Red Wave."
All ticket orders will be taken through the Bulldog Ticket Office beginning online Sunday evening at www.gobulldogs.com or Monday morning after 9 a.m. at the Bulldog Ticket Office located at the south entrance of Bulldog Stadium or via phone at (559) 278-3647. Bulldog Foundation Members and season ticket holders will be granted first priority based on their 2007 giving level. All orders will be allocated beginning Dec. 17. Bulldog fans are urged to support the Fresno State Athletics Department by ordering all tickets through the Bulldog Ticket Office. Tickets for the Road's Humanitarian Bowl are $50 each.
The Travel Shop, Fresno State's official fan travel provider, will offer a variety of travel packages for fan. More information will be available on Fresno State's official athletics department web site, www.gobulldogs.com, in the coming days.
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