PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU football team has accepted an invite to the Boca Raton Bowl against the University of Central Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The Boca Raton Bowl will kick off at 5:00 p.m. mountain time at FAU Stadium, and be broadcast by ESPN.
“Our team is excited for the challenge and opportunity to face UCF in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake. “UCF is a well-coached team and top-tier football program that’s had a lot of success. In a season where we’ve learned that we can’t take playing this game for granted, we’re really thankful for the chance to go to Florida and play one more time with our group. We are looking forward to the bowl matchup with UCF and also really like the timing of this game, which will allow our players to spend the holidays with their families, after a great season together.”
The Cougars (10-1) are coming off a 28-14 victory over San Diego State on Saturday, in which Zach Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
Wilson and UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel almost have identical stats this season. Wilson has thrown for 3,267 yards, 30 touchdowns and three interceptions. Gabriel has thrown for 3,353 yards, 30 touchdowns and just interceptions.
UCF (6-3) has wins over Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Tulane, Houston, Temple and South Florida. The Knights have lost to Tulsa, Memphis and Cincinnati this season.
The Knights have averaged 44 points per game this season, but have given up 33 points per contest.
BYU and UCF have met twice before, with the Cougars winning in Provo in 2011, 24-17. The Knights beat the Cougars in Orlando in 2014, 31-24.
This will be the third consecutive bowl game appearance for head coach Kalani Sitake. He led the Cougars to a 49-18 win over Central Michigan in the Potato Bowl in 2018, before losing to Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl last season, 38-34.
This will be the seventh edition of the Boca Raton Bowl.