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Terps to play Nevada in Humanitarian Bowl

December 07, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the Humanitarian Bowl, where the Terrapins will face Nevada for the first time.

The game will be held in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 30.

It will be the sixth bowl appearance in eight years for the Terrapins (7-5), who were in contention for the Atlantic Coast Conference title until losing their last two games to Florida State and Boston College.

"Our kids are excited to be going to another bowl game and appreciative of the invitation by the Humanitarian Bowl," Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said. "We're looking forward to playing Nevada and representing the ACC."

Nevada (7-5) finished in a three-way tie for second in the Western Athletic Conference behind undefeated Boise State (12-0).

West Virginia gets North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Meineke Bowl officials got the matchup they wanted. North Carolina has accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 27 game against West Virginia.

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The matchup of 8-4 teams within driving distance of Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium could produce a sellout crowd and a festive atmosphere.

The Tar Heels were the Meineke Bowl's pick all along, but officials had to wait until bowls ahead of them chose Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

The Mountaineers accepted their second Meineke Bowl bid late Saturday night, moments after beating South Florida in their final regular-season game.

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