No. 12 Football Accepts Invitation To Play In the Inaugural Seattle Bowl

Nov. 27, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University today accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Seattle Bowl, set to kickoff at 1 p.m. at SAFECO Field on December 27. The BCS 10th-ranked Cardinal, which has clinched at least a second-place finish in the Pac-10, will face Georgia Tech in the first-ever bowl game in the Pacific Northwest, providing a top match up for a national ESPN audience.

Stanford, the only team to have beaten BCS fifth-ranked Oregon, is currently 8-2 and will be attempting to win nine regular season games for only the second time since 1951 in its season finale against San Jose State. Both Cardinal losses this season came in the fourth quarter to top-ranked conference opponents Washington and Washington State. At one point in the season, Stanford knocked off two top-five teams in UCLA and this year's Pac-10 Champion Oregon.

'We couldn't be happier to have a team of this caliber in the Seattle Bowl,' said Pete Shimer, member of the Seattle Bowl Committee. 'At the end of the season, they (Stanford) could realistically be in the top eight or nine in the BCS Standings and Top 10 in the polls. No doubt about it, we should have one of the better bowl game matchups in the country.'

The Cardinal currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring 35 or more points in eight of its eleven games this season (36.7 avg.), and is second in total offense (449.1 ppg). Stanford's Seattle Bowl team will feature three First Team All-Conference players in Offensive Lineman Eric Heitmann, Linebacker Coy Wire and Special Teamer Brian Allen. The Pac-10 announced also announced Monday wide receiver Teyo Johnson was named Co-Freshman of the year. The two-sport athlete (basketball) leads the team in receptions with 38 and touchdown receptions with seven.

'We are delighted to have a team as highly ranked as Stanford playing in the inaugural Seattle Bowl game,' said Fritz Rohlfing, Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Bowl. 'We believe this is just the beginning of a tradition of top-quality teams competing in a great football town.'

Against the ACC, Stanford is 2-4 all-time. Its most recent ACC matchup was a 37-34 win over North Carolina in Palo Alto in 1998. The Cardinal have faced an ACC foe twice in bowl games, the 1991 Aloha Bowl (Georgia Tech 18, Stanford 17) and the 1986 Gator Bowl (Clemson 27, Stanford 21).

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