ORLANDO, Florida (UCFAthletics.com) – The UCF football team has accepted a bid to “Bowlin’ on the Bay” to end the 2012 season. The Knights were awarded a trip to the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl for the second time in program history and look to take on an opponent from the BIG EAST, its future home for all sports beginning in 2013.
"We're looking forward to having UCF back in our bowl this year," said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg. "We had a terrific experience with them in 2009 and because of our location many of their alumni and fans were able to easily come over and enjoy a great bowl week experience and support their team."
It will be the fifth time in program history that the Knights have gone bowling since they took part in the 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. In 2010, UCF earned its first bowl victory with a 10-6 triumph over Georgia in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.
"Playing in the postseason is special for our student-athletes, our program, and our fans. We know the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl provides a positive experience for everyone involved," said Todd Stansbury, Vice President and Director of Athletics. "I've heard many good things about UCF's participation in St. Petersburg back in 2009. Playing in St. Petersburg is great for our fans. We are pleased with the success our football team has had this season. They have certainly earned the right to take part in a bowl game. We're excited about the bowl game and all the events and activities leading up to the game."
The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl will give the Knights a chance at double-digit victories for the fourth time in program history and also see the 2012 senior class go for its 34th win, the most in school history.