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Dec. 1, 2004

Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia football team will play Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl at 2 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 27 in Boise, Idaho. ESPN is televising the game nationally.

“We are excited about the trip to Boise and the challenge of playing Fresno State. The trip will enable our players and fans to experience a different area of the country, a very beautiful area,” said head coach Al Groh. “Experiences such as this are part of the overall educational process for our players.

“Football is all about competition and this will be great competition. Fresno State is the fifth-highest scoring team in the country, and has beaten Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Kansas State in recent seasons. It’ll take all we’ve got to be ready for this one. It’ll be a real test.”

Virginia is 8-3 (5-3 in the ACC) this season and ranked 18th in the current Associated Press poll. Fresno State is also 8-3 this season and finished tied for third in the WAC with a 5-3 league record. The Cavaliers are the highest ranked team to play in the MPC Computers Bowl.

The MPC Computers Bowl is UVa’s third consecutive bowl appearance. The Cavaliers won the Continental Tire Bowl the last two seasons. Overall the Cavaliers are making the 15th bowl appearance in school history and the first in this bowl.

Fresno State is playing in a bowl game for the sixth consecutive year and the 19th time overall.

Tickets to the MPC Computers Bowl are currently available online at Tickets may also be purchased through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office by calling the ticket office at 1-800-542-8821 or 434-924-8821. Tickets are $50.

Seat assignments will begin at the conclusion of the Dec. 10 sale day.

For UVa students, a special in-person sale will start Thursday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. at the ticket office in Bryant Hall, located in the south end of Scott Stadium. Student tickets will be $50 and will require a valid UVa student I.D. at the time of purchase. Students wishing to be seated together should purchase tickets at the same time due to reserved seating.

Fans are encouraged to check the official UVa athletics website for information regarding the bowl, including travel and accommodations.

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