Dec. 5, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
The University of Missouri has accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl, as announced today by Mizzou and Insight Bowl officials.
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The Tigers (10-2 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play, claiming a share of their third North Division title in four years) will play in the 22nd annual edition of the game, set for Dec. 28th in Tempe, Ariz., against the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5 overall and 4-4 in Big 10 play). The game will kickoff at 9:00 p.m. (central) from Sun Devil Stadium, the home of the Arizona State Sun Devils (and where MU is scheduled to play against ASU on Sept. 10, 2011). Tiger Fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game and to help Mizzou sell out its allotment of 11,000 tickets for the contest, which will be televised nationally on ESPN.
This will mark Mizzou's second appearance at the Insight Bowl. The Tigers claimed a 34-31 victory in 1998 over West Virginia when the bowl was called the Insight.com Bowl, and it was played in nearby Tucson, Ariz.
The game will mark MU's sixth-consecutive bowl game (an MU record), and seventh bowl appearance in the last eight seasons overall under Head Coach Gary Pinkel, after Mizzou had gone to only two bowl games in a span of 19 seasons dating from 1984-2002. Pinkel has now passed College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine for most bowl appearances at Mizzou, with his seven bowl outings. The 2010 Insight Bowl appearance will be Mizzou's 28th bowl game overall, with MU holding a 12-15 mark in its previous 27 outings.
"We're very pleased to accept the invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl," said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "This is going to be a great reward for our team, and for our fans. Iowa is a very talented team that will present a lot of challenges, so we look forward to working hard over the next few weeks to prepare for what should be a great game and a great trip for our program," he said.
"We are excited to be taking part in a bowl game for a record sixth-straight season," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "Playing in bowl games on a consistent basis is a major goal that Coach Pinkel and his program has achieved, and having a chance on a national stage to take on one of the top programs in the Big Ten Conference is a great opportunity. We need Tiger Nation to come out in full force for this game, the Phoenix area is a great destination this time of the year, and this promises to be one of the better bowl matchups around," he said.
The Mizzou Athletic Ticket Office will begin taking online orders for the 2010 Insight Bowl beginning tonight (Sunday, Dec. 6th) at 7:30 p.m. (central time), at www.mutigers.com. Fans may also order over the phone by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia) or in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office beginning Monday (Dec. 7th) at 8 a.m., but are strongly encouraged to order online to ensure prompt service. Mizzou's tickets are available for $64.
Fans who cannot attend the game, but who wish to support Mizzou's student-athletes and football program, are encouraged to purchase tickets to be used for donation to Phoenix-area charities and military personnel at www.mutigers.com. Tiger Scholarship Fund members will receive TSF credit for the face value of donated tickets. Details can be found at www.mutigers.com.
The Mizzou Alumni Association will host the Official Mizzou Insight Bowl Tour. Full air/land and land-only packages are available to Phoenix. To join the Official Mizzou Insight Bowl Tour visit www.MizzouSportsTravel.com or call 888-MIZZOU-1 (649-9681). Visit www.Mizzou.com for more information on MAA bowl events.
For more information about the 2010 Insight Bowl, and the city of Phoenix, please visit the official site of the Insight Bowl, at www.fiestabowl.org.