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SMU accepts invite to Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl

November 27, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl.

SMU (6-6) will meet a team from the Mountain West Conference on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium.

"This bowl berth is a tremendous reward for our football team," SMU athletic director Rick Hart was quoted as saying Monday on the SMU athletics website. "We're excited about this opportunity and look forward to a tremendous experience and great game in Hawaii."

The Mustangs finished second behind Tulsa in Conference USA's West Division with a 5-3 league record.

SMU is making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance under coach June Jones.

Jones compiled a 75-41 record as coach of the University of Hawaii from 1999 to 2007.

"Having been affiliated with this bowl since its inception, I know that it is one of the best bowl experiences in college football. I'm very excited for our players, staff and fans. This is a special experience," Jones told the website.

SMU will be making its 15th bowl appearance and playing in its third bowl game in Honolulu. The Mustangs won the 1984 Aloha Bowl and 2009 Hawaii Bowl.

Also Monday, San Diego State (9-3, 7-1 Mountain West) accepted a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Aztecs will face Brigham Young (7-5) on Dec. 20 in San Diego.



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