Boston College has accepted an invitation to fill the Atlantic Coast Conference’s spot against American Athletic Conference member East Carolina in the Military Bowl Presented by Peraton in Annapolis, MD, on Dec. 27 (2:30 p.m., ESPN).
The matchup will be the first meeting between the Pirates and Eagles. ECU finished the regular season with a 7-5 record (5-3 AAC), while BC recorded a 6-6 mark (2-6 ACC).
The Military Bowl is played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the home field of the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team where the Pirates clinched a winning season with a 38-35 victory over the Midshipmen on Saturday, Nov. 20.
“We can’t wait for a great Bowl Week in Washington, D.C. and another sensational Military Bowl in Annapolis,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “East Carolina has enjoyed a terrific season and is back in college football’s postseason. And we are excited to welcome Boston College for its first Military Bowl appearance, with a roster that features so many players with ties to this area.”
The Pirates will be making their first postseason appearance since a close loss to Florida in the 2014 Birmingham Bowl.
It will be the Pirates’ second appearance in the Military Bowl. The Pirates fell to Maryland in the 2010 game, which set a Bowl attendance record with 38,062 fans.
The Eagles, who will be playing in the game for the first time, last appeared in the postseason after the 2019 season, absorbing a 38-6 defeat from Cincinnati in the Birmingham Bowl.
The 2021 Military Bowl Presented by Peraton benefits the USO and Patriot Point, the Military Bowl Foundation’s retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers.
ECU Athletics is urging Pirate fans to order Military Bowl tickets through the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at ECUPirates.com or by calling the ticket office at (252) 328-4500.