WACO, Texas - Baylor has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., marking the first time the school will play in a BCS bowl game.
"Baylor Nation and our football program are honored and energized by the invitation to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl," director of athletics Ian McCaw said. "This is the culmination to a very special year for Baylor football, and we look forward to a great football game on New Year's night."
Baylor, ranked sixth in the AP poll and playing in its program-record fourth straight bowl, will face American Athletic Conference champion UCF (11-1, 8-0 AAC) when the Fiesta Bowl is played at 7:30 p.m. CST on Jan. 1. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN.
"Our goal heading into Saturday's game was to be able to decide where we would go bowling, and fortunately we had that opportunity and we took advantage of it. We're thrilled to be able to represent the Big 12 Conference at the Fiesta Bowl," head coach Art Briles said. "This bowl is a great matchup between the champions of the Big 12 Conference and the American Athletic Conference. Both universities are deserving and this will set up for a great bowl game."
Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) concluded its most successful season in school history by compiling a school-record 11 wins, topped off with a 30-10 victory over 23rd-ranked Texas Saturday. That win gave Baylor its first Big 12 championship and the automatic berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Bears feature the nation's best offense, which averages 53.3 points per game and 624.5 yards per contest, and a stingy defense, which ranks in the top 20 nationally in both total defense (17th, 344.0 ypg) and scoring (19th, 21.2 ppg).
Baylor is allotted 17,500 tickets for the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and current Baylor Bear Foundation members and football season ticket holders were required to make their requests by the Dec. 4 priority deadline. The remaining tickets in the Baylor allotment, which are priced at $230 (lower level), $194 (Ring of Honor) and $144 (upper level) are on sale now to all Baylor fans at www.BaylorBears.com/tickets, by calling the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or in-person at the Ferrell Center box office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Baylor students may purchase tickets later this week at the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office. Student tickets, which cost $105 each, will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plans are being made for BU student bus trips, similar to last year's Holiday Bowl, and details will be forthcoming.
Travel with fellow Bears fans on the Official Baylor Bowl Tour. Anthony Travel, in partnership with Baylor Athletics, Baylor Alumni Network/Baylor Sports Network and the Baylor Bear Foundation, has created official charter and land travel packages for the Bears' trip to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Individual airfare and car rental assistance are also available.
Travel packages include:
• Hotel accommodations for three nights
• Charter flight departing from Dallas (charter package only)
• Pregame tailgate and pep rally
• Game day transportation
• Transportation to all package events
Visit AnthonyTravel.com for more information on the Official Baylor Bowl Tour.
BAYLOR FOOTBALL NOTES
QUICK FACTS ABOUT TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL
· This year's game will be the 43rd-annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
· The bowl has hosted a team from the Big 12 Conference in each of the last three seasons and six of the last seven.
· Teams representing the Big 12 Conference have won two of the last three Fiesta Bowl games, and the league is a combined 5-5 in the Fiesta Bowl.
· Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are the only current Big 12 programs to have played in the Fiesta Bowl.
· The 2013 Fiesta Bowl will be televised internationally on ESPN HD as well as heard on ESPN Radio.