BOISE - The Boise State football team accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 in Honolulu.
“I would like to thank the officials at the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, ESPN and the Mountain West Conference for this opportunity to play in one of the top postseason settings in college football,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said. “We are excited for this year’s Bronco team, and especially for our senior class.
KTVB's Ryan Larrondo has learned the opponent will be Oregon State of the Pac-12.
The Boise State men’s basketball team will also be in Hawaii at the same time. The Broncos are competing in the Diamond Head Classic Dec. 22-25.
The Boise State football team (8-4) will be making their 12th straight bowl appearance, tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the county.
This will be the Broncos second appearance in the Hawaii Bowl. Boise State lost to East Carolina in Honolulu 41-38 in 2007.
Sunday afternoon, the team held its first news conference since head coach Chris Petersen accepted a job at the University of Washington Friday.
Interim head coach Bob Gregory and players Kirby Moore, Kharyee Marshall and Jonathan Brown took questions about the bowl game and Petersen's departure.
"The change has been a little dramatic at times, but our guys have been great," said Gregory. "We've had two really good, positive practices. Our kids are resilient, we've got great guys in our program, and we'll be ready to roll."
The players echoed the sentiment, showing a unified front.
"Everybody kinda was in shock about what was going on," said Brown. "But in the same breath its really just about getting back to doing what we do. We all have a goal here and we still have a chance to achieve our goal and win the bowl game. So as long as we're all coming together and we all buy into what Coach Gregory is now saying, we'll be fine."