It's a bowl game trifecta for Triangle fans
Posted December 28, 2010
Three area college football teams make bowl game appearances this week.
The action begins Tuesday when the North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4, 5-3 ACC) meets West Virginia (9-3, 5-2 Big East) in the Champs Sports Bowl at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando. WRAL-FM 101.5 will carry the radio broadcast.
State head coach Tom O'Brien is 6-2 in bowl games, but his current crop of players, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, has yet to win in the postseason. O'Brien is unfazed, saying his team understands the importance of the match.
"We've done a great job so far this year in fighting and winning big time games and we have to step up again," Wilson said Monday.
As of last week, N.C. State had sold about 9,000 tickets for the game of an allotment of 13,500.
On Wednesday afternoon, East Carolina takes on Maryland (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.
In his first year as head coach, Ruffin McNeill brought the up-tempo offense he learned as an assistant at Texas Tech to the Pirates and led them to a 5-3 Conference USA record (6-6 overall).
The ability of quarterback Dominique Davis will be key if the Pirates are to upset the favored Terrapins.
The Tar Heels finish off the trifecta Thursday in the Music Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, 6:40 p.m.) against Tennessee.
It is the third straight bowl appearance for the University of North Carolina, and a highlight after a season dominated by off-the-field issues and injuries.
Look for a preview of the game from Ken Medlin Wednesday on the WRAL News at 6.
All three games air on ESPN-TV.
WRALSportsFan will have live blogs from each game and complete postgame coverage from our partners on WRAL-TV and 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio and 620 AM The Buzz.