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University of Houston Formally Accepts Invitation To Major College Bowl Game

Cougars will face off against #9 Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl New Year’s Eve .

Athletic officials discuss the University of Houston's appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. From left to right are Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan, UH Vice-President of Athletics Hunter Yurachek, and UH head football coach Tom Herman.
Athletic officials discuss the University of Houston’s appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. From left to right are Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan, UH Vice-President of Athletics Hunter Yurachek, and UH head football coach Tom Herman.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan says he’s expecting an exciting matchup as #18 University of Houston meets #9 Florida State.

UH got the invitation after finishing the regular season 11-1 and winning the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Along with the chance to play on a national stage, each school will get a $4 million dollar payout and another $2 million for expenses. They’ll also receive a $100,000 endowed scholarship.

And there’s ticket sales. UH has been given 12,500 tickets and Coach Tom Herman says revenue will go to the school.

“That money goes to the athletic department to help fund all of our 17 varsity NCAA athletic teams,” says Herman. “I think it’s critical.”

The Peach Bowl will be the third nationally-televised game for the Cougars this season. UH Vice-President of Athletics Hunter Yurachek says it helps generate interest in the school.

“The applications at the University of Houston are up significantly this year compared where they were this time last year,” says Yurachek. “And not only the applications, but the quality of those applications.”

Kickoff for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is 11:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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