HONOLULU – The University of Cincinnati and San Diego State University will meet in the 2015 HAWAI‘I BOWL, Daryl Garvin, Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director announced today. The game will pit the Bearcats (7-5) of the American Athletic Conference against the Mountain West champion Aztecs (10-3).
The 2015 HAWAI‘I BOWL is scheduled for Christmas Eve (Thursday, 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.
“I congratulate the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and the San Diego State Aztecs on their successful seasons and look forward to welcoming both teams to the islands,” Garvin said. “Hawai‘i, especially during the holiday season, will provide a once in a lifetime bowl experience for the student-athletes and their visiting fans”
The Bearcats, coached by veteran head coach Tommy Tuberville, will make their first trip to the HAWAI‘I BOWL and 17th all-time bowl appearance. Cincinnati finished third in The American’s East Division and will play in a bowl game for the fifth consecutive season and 13th in the last 16 years. Tuberville is 25-13 with Cincinnati and owns a 155-90 all-time coaching mark, which includes stops at Mississippi, Auburn, and Texas Tech.
San Diego State captured its first outright MW Championship following a 27-24 victory over Air Force in the league’s championship game. The Aztecs, who will be making its first HAWAI‘I BOWL appearance, rolled through the conference with a perfect 8-0 league mark and dominated the MW’s awards winning Offensive Player of the Year (Donnel Pumphrey), Defensive Player of the Year (Damontae Kazee), Special Teams Player of the Year (Rashaad Penny), and Coach of the Year (Rocky Long). SDSU will make its sixth straight bowl appearance and fifth under Long, who owns a 41-23 mark at SDSU and has led the Aztecs to at least seven wins each year.
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.