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Duke to play in Belk Bowl; NC State in Music City

Posted December 2, 2012
Updated December 3, 2012

For their first bowl appearance since 1994, Duke will not even need to board a plane. The Blue Devils accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 27 against Cincinnati.

“I could not be more excited for our players – especially the seniors – to earn a berth in the Belk Bowl against a very good and well-coached Cincinnati team,” ACC Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe said. “I thought coming out of spring practice that we had a chance to be a good team – a bowl-caliber team. We battled through some adversity, received tremendous leadership from our captains and reached the goal of playing in the postseason.”

NC State also accepted a bowl bid Sunday, the same day new head coach Dave Doeren was announced to succeed Tom O’Brien. The Wolfpack will take on Vanderbilt on New Year’s Eve in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

“The team is very excited about this opportunity to play one more game,” said quarterback and team captain Mike Glennon. “Nashville is a great town and we’ve heard that they really put on an exciting bowl week. We are planning to work hard and have fun and end our season on a positive note against a quality opponent.” Duke Logo More Duke Stories

While this will be the third consecutive bowl appearance for NC State and 27th all-time, this marks just the ninth bowl game in Duke history. Duke appeared in six bowl games between 1938-60 then were shutout until a 1989 appearance in the All-American Bowl in 1989. They lost in their last bowl appearance in 1994 to Wisconsin, 34-20.

“Duke has made great strides this season and we are very proud to have them representing the ACC against the Co-Champions of the Big East,” said Will Webb, executive director of the Belk Bowl. “We feel that the Blue Devils will provide a good matchup against the Bearcats in Charlotte.

Cincinnati (9-3) defeated Connecticut Saturday, 31-17, and earned a share of the Big East title. However, based on the BC Standings, the Bearcats were shut out of the BCS bowl games in favor of future ACC member, Louisville.

The Wolfpack (7-5) is looking for its third straight bowl win and is one of only 12 programs that has won two bowl games in a row. The take on a Vandy team that finished 8-4 and managed five SEC wins. The only previous meeting between the schools came back in 1946 with Vandy winning 7-0. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

Elsewhere in the ACC, Florida State will play in the Orange Bowl against BCS-buster Northern Illinois. Doeren, who was formally announced as NC State’s head coach Sunday will not coach the bowl game for the Huskies.

“If NIU gets a BCS bowl, that would be fantastic," Doeren said at the press conference. "At 12-1 I hope they get that opportunity."

Clemson will play No. 8 LSU in the Chic-fli-A Bowl in Atlanta, Virginia Tech will face Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando and Georgia Tech will take on Southern California in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso.

North Carolina won enough games to qualify for a bowl but will not participate due to NCAA sanctions. Miami also would have been eligible, but opted not to play as a self-imposed sanction ahead of possible NCAA violations.

“This is a great opportunity for our seniors to end the season on a winning note,” Cutcliffe said. “For our returning players, it is going to be a chance to gain invaluable experience and practice opportunity as we continue to grow as a program.”

 

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  • jandscroom Dec 4, 3:55 p.m.

    Congrats to Coach Cutcliffe and Duke. The Belk Bowl in Charlotte should be a fun venue for... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel7074

    There's no doubt in my mind you're a carowhina grad, ign0rant!!

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 4, 7:53 a.m.

    Miami, and Tech beat you, and you both have the same conference record. Guess the overall does matter. Thank god for Elon, and Idaho! Proud UNC fans! Wow!

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 4, 4:24 a.m.

    Get rid of the ball, and stop forcing. Ben, Eli is at there best when the pressure is on. He had plenty of time aganist Cincy on that last drive. What did the turnover machine to do? Threw a pick into triple coverage! LOL!!

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 4, 4:19 a.m.

    They didnt turn the ball over 40 plus and counting in two years. Stop giving Rivers excuses. Norv didnt throw those picks.

  • tlg0022 Dec 3, 9:21 p.m.

    So puke plays in the default tire bowl on a Thursday at 3:30? Sounds about right.

    — Posted by Banned by Sissies

    Who's your team?

  • Banned by Sissies Dec 3, 6:30 p.m.

    So puke plays in the default tire bowl on a Thursday at 3:30? Sounds about right.

  • BeastOnTheHill Dec 3, 6:14 p.m.

    While this will be the third consecutive bowl appearance for NC State and 27th all-time, this marks just the ninth bowl game in Duke history. Duke appeared in six bowl games between 1938-60 then were shutout until a 1989 appearance in the All-American Bowl in 1989. They lost in their last bowl appearance in 1994 to Wisconsin, 34-20.

    LOL!

  • Ken D. Dec 3, 5:56 p.m.

    Carolina will be at home playing with themselves.

    — Posted by kkevin7048

    So which team has a better chance for a happy ending?

  • 903 mens national championships Dec 3, 5:30 p.m.

    I don't see how the FSU players will be able to get UP for this game. They were disrespected in... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    FSU had their chances to be awarded a real bowl but they lost to NC State, lost to Florida and then barely beat GA Tech. They got what they deserved.

  • BeastOnTheHill Dec 3, 5:19 p.m.

    Carolina will be at home playing with themselves.

    — Posted by kkevin7048

    says the state boy who is already shaking in his work boots about next years UNC football team.... View More

    — Posted by BeastOnTheHill

    i think we teased because you had paid players and that was the best you guys ever did..... the... View More

    — Posted by kmor2012

    The player weren't paid DA dook fan. There were a few players that took gifts they should not have taken. I don't think the gift were meant to help them play the game of football. It was because the agents thought they might make a pro roster, which is something dook never has to worry about.

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