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Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Press Release

(Sunday, December 8, 2013)

Boise State To Make Second Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Appearance

HONOLULU – Boise State University has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL, as announced by Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin. The Broncos, runner-up in the Mountain West's Mountain Division, will make their second SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL appearance.

The 2013 SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL is scheduled for Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24) at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. Kick-off is 8 p.m. EST/3 p.m. HST and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The game will also be available on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

"We are excited to be hosting the Mountain West's Boise State Broncos for the 12th Annual SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL," Matlin said. "As an added bonus, Boise State's basketball team will be participating in the 5th annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic which makes it a bonus for Bronco Nation making the trip to Honolulu. We look forward to seeing Blue and Orange in Waikiki this Christmas."

"I would like to thank the officials at the SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL, ESPN and the Mountain West Conference for this opportunity to play in one of the top postseason settings in college football," said Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "We are excited for their year's Bronco team and especially for our senior class."

Boise State (8-4) is the nation's winningest program since 2000 with 154 victories and is the nation's highest scoring team during that span, averaging 40.3 points per game. The Broncos will be making their 12th consecutive bowl appearance and 14th overall bowl game since 1999.

Running back Jay Ajayi ranks 19th nationally in rushing yards per game (110.7) and seventh in rushing touchdowns with 17. Defensively, lineman Demarcus Lawrence is second in FBS in tackles for loss (19.5) and eighth in sacks (10.5).

BSU made its only appearance at the SHERATON HAWAII BOWL IN 2007, falling to East Carolina, 41-38, in a thrilling finish. The Broncos erased a 38-14 third quarter deficit by scoring 24 unanswered points only to see East Carolina kick the game-winning field goal as time expired.

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. An additional outlet is the University of Hawai'i at M?noa Campus Center.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 10 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

A subsidiary of ESPN, ERT is also the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national and regional shows for college conferences (American, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl; Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston) and The Home Depot College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Camp Humphreys, South Korea); Charleston Classic (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden & Durham, N.C.); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR); State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.)

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