ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ohio University is headed to the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl to face East Carolina of Conference USA.
It's the second straight season that the Mid-American Conference will be represented in the pre-Christmas game held at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. Ball State made the trip last December, receiving the bid when the Big East was unable to fulfill the league's bowl commitments.
This time, the American Athletic Conference was unable to supply a team, and Ohio (7-5) will face East Carolina (9-3) on Dec. 23.
It will be the fifth straight bowl trip for the Bobcats under coach Frank Solich.
East Carolina will be making its 19th bowl appearance. The Pirates last appeared in a Florida bowl in 1965, when they beat Maine in the Tangerine Bowl.