Sunday, December 2, 2007

MSU to play Boston College in Champs Sports Bowl

EAST LANSING -- "Well, we're going to Disney World."

And with that, Michigan State senior running back and co-captain Jehuu Caulcrick put exclamation point on the invitation the Spartans received to play No. 14-ranked Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28.

First-year head coach Mark Dantonio formally accepted the bid to MSU's first bowl game since the 2003 Alamo Bowl at 8:15 p.m.

"I've been smiling for about 15 minutes non-stop," said senior safety and co-captain Travis Key. "I can't believe it."

Said Dantonio, "This is a great reward for a tream that refused to quit and competed each and every week. We're extremely fortunate to be playing Orlando, truly one of the nation's finest bowl destinations."

Boston College was ranked in Top 25 throughout the season and finished with a 10-3 record. The Spartans (7-5) had to win their last two games to get the bid.
The game will be played at 5 p.m. and be televised by ESPN.
Michigan State has an allotment of 12,000 tickets, but athletic director-designate Mark Hollis predicted a strong showing. Michigan State sold 25,000 tickets for the 2000 Citrus Bowl.
The Champs bowl had the fifth pick from the Big Ten. Michigan State was also considered for the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., and the Motor City Bowl in Detroit.

"It's definitely nice to be going to Florida," Caulcrick said with a wide smile.



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