Dec. 4, 2000
Honolulu, Hawaii - Aloha Sports Inc. announced Sunday (Dec. 3) that the Georgia Bulldogs (7-4) of the powerful Southeastern Conference and the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5) of the tradition-rich Pacific-10 Conference will complete the field of teams for the Jeep O`ahu Bowl/Jeep Aloha Bowl Christmas Football Classics.
The Christmas football doubleheader kicks off at Aloha Stadium on Sunday, December 24, at 8:30 p.m. (EST), with Georgia, ranked 24th in the nation, playing the Virginia Cavaliers (6-5) in the Jeep O`ahu Bowl. ESPN will televise the game nationwide.
The match-up of Virginia vs. Georgia marks the third time in the last five years that the two schools have met in a bowl game. The two previous meetings have produced some of the most exciting finishes in recent bowl history.
In the 1995 Peach Bowl, Virginia gained a dramatic 34-27 win that was highlighted by Demetrius "Pete" Allen's 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the game's final minute.
The teams met three years later in the 1998 Peach Bowl, but this time Georgia rallied from a 21-0 deficit and withstood a late Cavalier rally to win 35-33. Virginia had a chance to win but Todd Braverman's 48-yard field goal drifted wide right with 19 seconds remaining.
On Christmas Day, the Jeep Aloha Bowl will pit Arizona State against the Boston College Golden Eagles (6-5). Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. (EST) on ABC-TV.
"The quality of the teams and the conferences they represent creates a great showcase for Hawaii. These match-ups will produce two very competitive, very hard-hitting games featuring some of the most talented college football players in the country," said Fritz Rohlfing, chief executive officer of Aloha Sports Inc. "For football fans it'll be great entertainment."
This will mark the first time that Virginia and Georgia football teams have played in Hawaii. "I think I speak for everyone when I say how much the state of Hawaii is looking forward to hosting these four teams and their fans during the holidays, especially those coming here for the first time," said Rohlfing.
The Virginia Athletic Ticket Office is currrently accepting orders for the Cavaliers' O'ahu Bowl game against Georgia. Tickets are $45 each and are good for admission to both the O'ahu and Aloha bowl games. They may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-800-542-8821 or (804) 924-8821 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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