RALEIGH, NC - (NC STATE MEDIA RELATIONS) - NC State will spend the holidays in the Sunshine State, as the Wolfpack has been selected to play in the 2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The game, which will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be televised by ESPN.
The Wolfpack finished the season with nine regular season wins for only the sixth time in school history and the second since the turn of the century. The invitation marks the fifth consecutive bowl appearance for the Wolfpack, and the seventh in head coach Dave Doeren's eight-year stint as a head coach. It is the second-longest bowl streak in NC State history.
"We are excited for the chance to play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl," said Doeren, who has led his team to back-to-back nine win seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and only the third time in school history. "Playing in a quality bowl with such a rich tradition is a great reward for our players. Florida is a big focus for us in recruiting and we have a strong alumni base in the state. I know that Wolfpack Nation - the greatest fan base in the country - will come to Jacksonville and support us."
Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow added: "We are grateful for the opportunity to compete in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against a well-respected opponent from the SEC. Our previous experience in this game brings many fond memories within our fan base. It is a first-class event in a wonderful city and we look forward to returning to Jacksonville."
NC State's explosive offense has rewritten the record books this season, entering bowl play as one of just two Power 5 teams to boast a 3,000-yard passer (Ryan Finley), a 1,000-yard rusher (Reggie Gallaspy, Jr.) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers). Playoff-bound Oklahoma is the only other team in the P5 to post those impressive numbers and that feat has been accomplished just one other time in ACC history (FSU in 2012).
This is NC State's 32nd bowl appearance (17-13-1) and its fourth in the Gator Bowl. The Wolfpack played its first bowl game at the storied bowl in 1947 and also played there in 1992 and 2002.
The Wolfpack will face SEC foe Texas A&M in the contest - the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Aggies post an 8-4 overall record, with a 5-3 mark in league competition.
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Wolfpack Club members and NC State fans can reserve tickets via this link now. The priority deadline for fans to order bowl tickets is Wednesday, December 5.
Tickets prices range from $85-125 and can be ordered on-line at the GoPack.com Ticket Center or by phone through the NC State Ticket Office at (919) 865-1510 during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.). Seating assignments will be determined by Wolfpack Club priority rank and if a price level is sold out, fans will automatically be assigned to the next lowest-priced ticket by priority and refunded the difference in cost. Any Non-Wolfpack Club member that places an order is subject to availability and seated after all Wolfpack Club orders are filled.
For Wolfpack Club travel info, please visit www.wolfpackclubtravel.com
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