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Virginia Accepts Bid To Bowl

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Tailback Thomas Jones will be lunging for the goal line against Illinois on Dec. 30 in Miami.
Tailback Thomas Jones will be lunging for the goal line against Illinois on Dec. 30 in Miami.

Nov. 29, 1999

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia accepted an invitation today to participate in the 1999 Bowl in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Cavaliers will face Big 10 representative, Illinois, at Pro Player Stadium on Dec. 30. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on TBS.

The Cavaliers tied Clemson and Georgia Tech for second in the ACC with a 5-3 ACC record and were 7-4 overall. The Fighting Illini were 7-4 overall this season and tied for sixth in the Big 10 with a 4-4 league mark.

"We're happy to be in the Bowl this year," said Virginia head coach George Welsh. "It's a great reward for us and we're certainly looking forward to it. I know the team will be excited about it. We'll have a good team there, we'll have all our injured players back."

This marks the 13th consecutive season Virginia has won at least seven games, making the program one of four in the nation with such a streak. Florida State, Michigan and Nebraska are the only other schools in the nation with a streak as long as Virginia's.

This is Virginia's third appearance in this bowl game. The Cavaliers lost to Boston College 31-13 following the 1993 season and fell to Miami (Fla.) 31-21 three years ago. Virginia is making its 11th bowl appearance overall this season.

Virginia and Illinois have met just once before with the Fighting Illini gaining a 31-21 win in the Florida Citrus Bowl following the 1989 season.




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