Story Links

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA The Virginia football team has accepted an invitation to play Texas Tech from the Big 12 Conference in the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 1. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally by CBS.

The Cavaliers are 9-3 overall this season and ranked 20th in the latest USA Today/Coaches Poll and 21st in this week’s Associated Press poll. This is UVa’s fifth bowl appearance under head coach Al Groh and 17th overall. Texas Tech is 8-4 this season, including a 4-4 record in the Big 12 Conference.

This is Virginia’s second appearance in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. The Cavaliers lost to Oklahoma 48-14 in the 1991 Gator Bowl. The game marks the fourth time Virginia has played in a January 1 bowl contest. The previous appearances were for the 1990 Citrus Bowl , the 1991 Sugar Bowl and the 1994 Carquest Bowl.

“The offer of a bid to participate in the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl is exciting and is the type acknowledgement that comes from a successful regular season,” said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage. “The coaching staff and players have done a great job in 2007 showing their character and work-ethic. Those qualities will again be shown in the bowl game. Our goal is to get our fans equally excited about the game and that they will support the team by attending the January 1 game in Jacksonville.”

Fans may purchase tickets online at by clicking on “Bowl Central.” The Gator Bowl ticket allocation and seating priority deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Fans may purchase tickets starting on Monday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium or by calling 1-800-542-UVA1. Bowl ticket orders will be taken after that time while supplies last. Priority will be given to Virginia Athletics Foundation donors by priority points and season ticket holder in random order ahead of the general public. All general public ticket orders will be processed and seated on a date received basis after donors and season ticket holders.

UVa students should log on to and access tickets sales for a designated student section through the ticket system. If necessary, the student lottery will be run on Dec. 6 to determine which student ticket orders are filled. Students will be notified of the outcome of the lottery by email through Students that receive tickets must log on to and claim and pay (credit card only) for their tickets on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7. Students may begin picking up their tickets from the Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall beginning Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. Seat locations are first-come, first-serve with in the designated student section. Students must present their student ID and the purchase claim voucher to pick up their tickets.

Three ways to order:
1. Online at Click on BOWL CENTRAL.
2. By phone by calling 1-800-542-UVA1
3. In person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium.

Special Gator Bowl ticket sale office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 3 and 4. Regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cavalier fans should visit Bowl Central at for all of the latest information on tickets, travel packages and the Cavalier football team.

Print Friendly Version