Nov. 28, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College football team was formally invited and accepted the invitation today to be part of the 2000 Jeep O'Ahu Bowl/Jeep Aloha Bowl Christmas Football Classics.
The Eagles will either play in the Jeep O'Ahu Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. Hawaii time) or the Jeep Aloha Bowl, which will be played on Monday, Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m EST (10:30 a.m. Hawaii time). Both games are played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a capacity of 50,000.
The Jeep Aloha Bowl is televised nationally by ABC, while the Jeep O'Ahu Bowl is on ESPN. Boston College's exact bowl assignment and opponent will be announced at a later date. The University of Virginia also accepted an invitation to the Classics today.
The bowl trip will be the 12th in the history of the school and marks the second-straight for the Eagles. Last season, Boston College lost to Colorado by a 62-28 score in the Insight.com Bowl. The invitation marks just the fourth time in school history that BC will advance to a bowl game in consecutive year joining the 1940-41, 1982-83-84 and 1992-93-94 seasons.
"The entire Boston College community is excited and grateful to be playing in the 2000 Jeep O'Ahu Bowl/Jeep Aloha Bowl Christmas Football Classics," says Boston College director of athletic Gene DeFilippo. "Our football program under head coach Tom O'Brien had an excellent season and the chance to play in Hawaii is a great reward for their season. We look forward to travelling to Hawaii for this bowl experience."
The Eagles finished the regular season with a 6-5 record and a 3-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference.
"We are very happy to be headed to Hawaii and have the chance to play another football game," says O'Brien. "This team has worked very hard this year and is very deserving of the invitation. The bowl will be a great chance for our seniors to play one final game in their college career and gives our underclassmen a chance to improve and get better."