Huskers Going to Foster Farms Bowl
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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
The University of Nebraska has been selected to participate in the 14th Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The Huskers will take on the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday, Dec. 26 with kickoff at 6:15 p.m. PT.
The Foster Farms Bowl will be televised by ESPN and is played at the home of the San Francisco 49ers. In its second season of operation, Levi’s Stadium is regarded as one of the world’s finest athletic venues and will play host to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016.
“We are excited about the opportunity to complete our season in the Foster Farms Bowl,” Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley said. “This has been a great group to coach throughout the season, and we look forward to another game with this team and being able to compete against a strong UCLA team in the bowl game. The bowl practices and additional game will allow us to continue to build as a program.
“I know our players, coaches and fans will enjoy the trip to the Bay Area. We look forward to an outstanding week of activities and an excellent football game.”
Riley guided his 2007 Oregon State team to the Foster Farms Bowl, then known as the Emerald Bowl, with the Beavers defeating Maryland, 21-14. Overall, Riley owns a 6-2 record in bowl games and his 75 percent winning percentage ranks among the top 10 in college football history among coaches with at least eight bowl appearances.
The trip to the Bay Area will be the Huskers’ first-ever appearance in the Foster Farms Bowl, and Nebraska’s seventh all-time bowl trip to California. The Foster Farms Bowl is Nebraska’s 52nd all-time bowl appearance, the third-most of any school in the country. Nebraska has appeared in a bowl game in 45 of the past 47 seasons.
“We are pleased that our student-athletes, coaches and staff will be participating in Nebraska’s first-ever trip to the Bay Area for a bowl game,” University of Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst said. “The Foster Farms Bowl is one of the Big Ten’s great bowl partners and it will provide a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to compete in one of the finest new stadiums in the world.”
Tickets for the Foster Farms Bowl go on sale to the public at Huskers.com beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening. Beginning Monday morning, tickets can also be purchased by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the ticket office in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Fans can purchase tickets by using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
Foster Farms Bowl tickets range in price from $44 to $154, and Nebraska will receive an allotment of 7,000 tickets to the game.
Nebraska and UCLA have a storied history of outstanding matchups on the gridiron. The Foster Farms Bowl will be the 13th all-time meeting between the universities and the first in the postseason. The schools have six wins apiece in the series, meeting most recently in 2012 and 2013 in a home-and-home series.
UCLA will come into the Foster Farms Bowl with an 8-4 record, including 5-4 in the Pac-12, and the Bruins are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Bruins climbed as high as No. 7 in the AP poll earlier this season, and defeated four teams that were ranked at game time.
Coach Jim Mora is completing his fourth season leading the UCLA program and owns a 37-15 record with the Bruins, including two 10-win seasons.