USF Going International for 2010 Bowl

December 06, 2009

TAMPA - The University of South Florida accepted an invitation to the International Bowl in Toronto where the Bulls will face a Mid-American Conference opponent at Noon on Jan. 2, 2010.

By accepting the invitation, USF extends its streak of consecutive bowl appearances to five. The Bulls have gone to a bowl in every year as a BCS and BIG EAST member.

USF's streak of five straight bowls in five years of BCS membership puts them in some elite company.  Only seven schools (Texas, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Georgia Tech being the others) have reached a postseason bowl in each year as a member of a BCS conference.

USF, West Virginia and Rutgers are the only BIG EAST schools that have reached a bowl since the league realigned its membership in prior to the 2005 season.

USF owns a 2-2 all-time record in bowl games and is coming off a 41-14 win over Memphis in the 2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl.

USF Bowl History | Bowl Central

USF is 2-1 all-time against current members of the MAC.  The Bulls have won their only meeting with Bowling Green (2002) and split two games against Northern Illinois, winning in 2002 and losing in 2001.

The International Bowl will mark the latest date for a bowl in program history and the first time USF has played in a post New Year's Day bowl.  It will also mark the fourth straight year that USF has played 13 games.

Other Notes:
* The BIG EAST is undefeated, 3-0, in the International Bowl.  This is the fourth year of the partnership and UConn (2009), Rutgers (2008) and Cincinnati (2007) have all posted wins.
* USF is expected to arrive in Toronto on Dec. 29.
* It will mark the first time that USF has played on foreign soil.
* USF has played on ESPN2 two previous times this year - against West Virginia and against UConn.
* USF has kicked off games at Noon on four previous occations this season - Florida State, Syracuse, Pitt and Louisville.

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