POSTED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 10:13pm
The 77th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl is sold out, according to Sun Bowl officials. Miami will meet Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl, Friday, December 31 at 12:00pm. This is the first Sun Bowl appearance for both teams.
Miami (7-5, 5-3 ACC) finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division and is making its first appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Hurricane are making their 11th bowl appearance in 12 years.
“This is one of those situations where the history speaks for itself. We have two great programs that have incredible history and we are playing in the second oldest bowl on national television,” said Miami head coach Jeff Stoutland. “The players will be excited. We’re playing Notre Dame, and these guys know the history behind them and the rivalry between these programs. This is their chance to be a part of one of the greatest rivalries in the game.”
Notre Dame (7-5), who closed out the season with a win over USC, is also making its first appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Irish are making their 18th bowl appearance in the last 24 years.
“We are thrilled about getting Notre Dame back to a bowl game, especially one with tradition like the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” said Irish head coach Brian Kelly. “Following our victory at USC, we internally targeted the Sun Bowl as a great game for us because of the national exposure the game receives and the top-notch opponent we will face in Miami. This game will serve as a perfect prelude to the three-game series we’ll experience in the coming years. We look forward to the great reception our school will receive in El Paso and experiencing the hospitality that has been a trademark of the Sun Bowl.”
The 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl will mark the 24th meeting between these two teams, but the first since 1990. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 15-7-1. The two teams have never met in a bowl game.