No. 5 Trojans To Face No. 3 Iowa In Federal Express Orange Bowl
Dec. 8, 2002
No. 5 USC, the Pac-10 co-champion, will play No 3 Iowa, the Big 10 co-champion, in the Federal Express Orange Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami on Jan. 2, 2003, at 5 p.m. PT, the Bowl Championship Series announced today.
'This is a big time matchup in a big time bowl,' said Trojan coach Pete Carroll. 'We are honored. It is a great sign of respect for our football team. People know what kind of team we have and they want to see us play.
'These are two big time teams playing in this game. We'll be playing on the 2nd of January, the only game on that day, so everyone will be watching us. Hopefully, the two teams can put on the best show of any of the games that week.'
'This is a special day for the University of Southern California,' said Athletic Director Mike Garrett. 'We are honored to be playing in such a prestigious game versus an exceptional opponent in Iowa. We extend our thanks to the Orange Bowl committee, who had the confidence to select a fine USC football team. It is a tribute to Coach Carroll and his staff for the fine job they've done. I know that our fans are excited and will come out in force to show the nation how supportive they are of our football team.'
The Orange Bowl will be the ninth time that USC and Iowa have met. The Trojans hold a 6-2 advantage in the series, including victories in the last five contests. USC took a 55-0 decision in the last meeting in 1976. The two teams have never met before in a bowl game.
This game will feature two exciting offenses led by Heisman Trophy candidates. Carson Palmer has guided USC to a 10-2 record while facing the toughest schedule in the nation. Brad Banks is the highest ranked signal-caller in the country, and has been instrumental in propelling the Hawkeyes to their 11-1 mark.
Information on ticket packages will be available on usctrojans.com, or call the USC ticket office at 213-740-4672.