Boise State accepts invitation to Hawaii Bowl

The Broncos will head to Honolulu to play Oregon State in the 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

“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,” Mark Coyle, director of Athletics, said in a press release.. “We are excited for their year’s Bronco team, and especially for our senior class.”

This is the 12th year in a row Boise State will appear in a bowl game. They played in the Hawaii Bowl once before in 2007 against East Carolina University. The Pirates kicked a field goal as time expired to beat the Broncos 38-41. This time the Broncos will be looking for a very different result.

However Oregon State will not make it easy on them.

Oregon State (6-6) is on a five-game losing skid, including a one point loss to in-state rival University of Oregon to finish the season. The Beavers will look to salvage the season and come out with winning record by beating the Broncos in Aloha Stadium.

Further complicating the situation is the absence of Chris Petersen from the Boise State sideline. For the first time in eight years Boise State will play without Petersen at the helm after he left earlier this week for the head coaching position at the University of Washington. Bob Gregory, who was previously assistant head coach for the Broncos, will lead the team in Petersen’s stead.

The Boise State men’s basketball team will also be in Honolulu for the holidays playing in the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Dec. 22, 23 and 25.

The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will air on ESPN on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. MT.

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Emily Pehrson is working as the managing editor for The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson