UCF & MARSHALL ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO PLAY IN 2019 BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, Fla. (December 8, 2019) – UCF from the American Athletic Conference and Marshall from Conference USA have accepted invitations to play in this year’s Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. The 12th edition of the bowl game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
UCF (9-3, 6-2) and Marshall (8-4, 6-2) have each appeared in the bowl a record three times prior to this year, but this will be their first-ever meeting in the bowl game. UCF owns an 8-3 all-time mark against Marshall.
“Our bowl game has experienced terrific support from both UCF and Marshall fans in the past and we look forward to welcoming them back again this year,” said Scott Glaser, executive director of the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
UCF enters the game as one of the most notable offensive teams in the country. The Knights are fourth overall in yards per game (536.6) and are tied for sixth in scoring, averaging 43.0 points per game. UCF scored 50 or more points in three games this season, including a season-best 63 points on the road at Temple.
Marshall is the reigning Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl champions after defeating USF last year 38-20. The Thundering Herd, who become the first team to appear in back-to-back years in this bowl game, finished this season winning six of their last seven games. Head Coach Doc Holliday is undefeated in this bowl game, staking wins over USF (2018), UConn (2015) and FIU (2011).
For more information on the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl game and bowl week events, visit www.gasparillabowl.com. You can also follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@GasparillaBowl).
The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is owned-and-operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
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