For the 12 consecutive season, Boston College is going bowling. The Eagles (7-5) will face the WAC's Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1) in the first ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park January 9, at 9 p.m. EST (TV/Radio: ESPN, ESPN Radio).
"We are certainly looking forward to returning to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl," said Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani. "Nevada is a great program with a Hall of Fame coach and this will be a tough challenge for our young football team. This is a fitting reward for our team, which fought its way through adversity to win five straight games at the end of the season."
This marks the third time that the Eagles will play a bowl game in San Francisco. Boston College defeated Colorado State in 2003 and lost to USC in the Emerald Bowl last season.
"We are excited to bring Boston College back to San Francisco," said Gary Cavalli, founder and executive director of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. "They're a first-class organization in every respect."
Boston College won its first two games against Weber State and Kent State before losing its next five in a row. The Eagles rebounded, though, winning five straight games to close out the season.
The Eagles were led by junior running back Montel Harris, who racked up 1,243 yard and eight touchdowns on 269 carries. Harris led the ACC in with 103.6 rushing yards per game. For his career, Harris now has 3,600 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Luke Kuechly has also been a Tour de Force for Boston College. Kuechly, a consensus first-team All-American, led the nation in total tackles (171) and solo tackles (102).
Thanks if part to Kuechly, Boston College also flaunts the number-one rushing defense in college football, allowing 962 rushing yards (2.7 yards per carry) and seven rushing touchdowns. The Eagles had the best defense in the ACC, allowing an average of 310 yards per game in 12 contests.
Nevada is a ten-point favorite entering the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and the over/under currently stands at 55. That shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Wolf Pack had a magnificent regular season. Their marquee game came against Boise State when Nevada shocked the college football world with a stunning 34-31 win, ending the Broncos' hopes of a BCS bid.
"We are really excited to be in a bowl game so close to home, and I know our fans are going to support us" said Nevada head coach Chris Ault. "The team is excited and looking forward to a great experience. We know Boston College is an outstanding football team and one with tremendous tradition. We are pleased to have the opportunity to play against them in this great bowl game."
For more information about the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, visit the bowl's official website.