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Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Press Release

(Monday, Nov. 26, 2012)

Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Invites SMU

SMUHONOLULU – SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL, Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin announced today. The Mustangs, winners of four of their last six, will represent Conference USA and will meet a team from the Mountain West on Christmas Eve at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.

“We’re very pleased to invite the SMU Mustangs to the 2012 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL,” Matlin said. “SMU finished their season strong, winning four of its last six games and handing Conference-USA West Division champion Tulsa its first conference loss. Coach June Jones and the Mustangs represented themselves well as our 2009 bowl champions and we are looking forward to welcoming them and their fans back to Honolulu for the 11th annual SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL.”

“This bowl berth is a tremendous reward for our football team,” said Rick Hart, SMU Director of Athletics. “We’re excited about this opportunity and look forward to a tremendous experience and great game in Hawai‘i.”

“Having been affiliated with this bowl since its inception, I know that it is one of the best bowl experiences in college football,” SMU head coach June Jones said. “I’m very excited for our players, staff and fans. This is a special experience.”

SMU (6-6) will be making its 15th bowl appearance and third bowl appearance in Honolulu (1984 Aloha and 2009 Sheraton Hawai‘i). The Mustangs finished second behind Tulsa in the Conference-USA West Division with a 5-3 league record. Under head coach June Jones, SMU will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance.

In the 2009 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL, the Mustangs raced out to a 31-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-10 victory over Nevada. SMU, which made its first postseason appearance in 25 years, amassed 534 yards of total offense and held Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick to just 23 yards rushing and 177 yards through the air.

The 2012 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL will be played on Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) at 8 p.m. EST/3 p.m. HST and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Fans can purchase tickets online at www.eTicketHawaii.com and print them on their home computer. They can also visit the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office and Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium Box Office (Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call 808-548-BOWL (2695) during the same hours. Additional outlets include the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa Campus Center and the UH Rainbowtique at Ward Centre
 
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