UConn football is going to the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26.to take on Marshall University at Tropicana field.
“The entire University of Connecticut Division of Athletics is excited and proud to accept an invitation in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl,” UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said. “Our football student-athletes and coaching staff have worked very hard this season and the results of those efforts have shown on the field. UConn Nation has a strong presence in Florida and we look forward to a strong showing of Husky fans at the game.”
UConn was 3-5 at one point, and then finished with three wins in its last four games for a 6-6 season, 4-4 in the American Athletic Conference. A win over nationally-ranked Houston in late November secured them bowl eligibility.
It's the Huskies' sixth bowl trip in school history, according to a press release from UConn.
"We have a very good matchup this year with UConn, a program on the rise that just knocked off undefeated Houston, and Marshall is one win away from notching its third consecutive 10-win season," said Brett Dulaney, executive director of the St. Petersburg Bowl. "Surprisingly this is the first time that UConn is playing a bowl game in Florida so we hope to see many of their fans make the trip to take advantage of our tropical weather and bowl week events. We enjoyed hosting Marshall in 2011 and look forward to having them back again this year and seeing lots of Thundering Herd fans in St. Petersburg."
The Huskies also knocked off Houston, probably the biggest reason why they ended up bowl-bound for the first time since their Fiesta Bowl run to end the 2010 season.