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Tar Heels heading to Sun Bowl

Carolina will play Stanford in the Sun Bowl (Source:UNC) Carolina will play Stanford in the Sun Bowl (Source:UNC)

From UNC

CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Stanford in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 30. The game will kick off at 2 p.m. ET, and will be televised nationally by CBS.

The 2016 game will mark the 83rd anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 49th consecutive broadcast on CBS.

“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” says head coach Larry Fedora. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the Pac-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”

Sun Bowl tickets will be on sale beginning Sunday, Dec. 4. Rams Club members and 2016 football season ticket holders will receive an email Sunday evening with an opportunity to purchase tickets. The priority seating deadline for Rams Club members and 2016 season ticket holders is Tuesday Dec. 6 at 5pm. Tickets will also go on sale to the general public on Sunday evening at GoHeels.com.

This is Fedora’s eighth bowl appearance in nine seasons as a head coach. The Sun Bowl is Carolina’s 33rd all-time bowl game, and first in Texas since the 1994 Sun Bowl. Carolina has played in the Sun Bowl on four previous occasions with a 2-2 record.

Carolina In The Sun Bowl
1972 – Carolina 32, Texas Tech 28
1974 – Mississippi State 26, Carolina 24
1982 – Carolina 26, Texas 10
1994 – Texas 35, Carolina 31

Carolina is 8-4 overall and finished 5-3 in the ACC’s Coastal Division. UNC is averaging 442.4 yards of total offense.

Stanford is 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12. The Cardinal is ranked No. 16 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll

About the Hyundai Sun Bowl:
Since the first Sun Bowl played on January 1, 1935, as a fundraising event for a local service club, the game has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction. With its picturesque stadium nestled between two mountains it has become a piece of the Southwest and a lesson in history. Through the years, 38 Sun Bowls have been decided by a touchdown or less, including six of the last 11 games. Through its first 82 years, the Hyundai Sun Bowl has featured 78 different programs, more than any other bowl in the nation.

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