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Game 12: ECU 21, N.C. STATE 16

Pizza Bowl for Pirates?

By Denny O'Brien
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RALEIGH — With its 21-16 win over rival N.C. State, East Carolina (7-5) guaranteed itself a spot in one of Conference USA's five guaranteed bowls. Though no invitations have been sent, it looks like ECU could make its second trip to Birmingham this year.

According to one ECU official, the Bowl in Birmingham has shown a lot of interest in the Pirates and appears to be the most likely scenario. The game is played on Saturday, Dec. 23, on ESPN2 and is slated for a 1:00 p.m. (EST) kickoff.

If the Bowl is indeed the Pirates' destination, they will face a Big East opponent, most likely either Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, or South Florida.

This marks the inaugural season for the Bowl, and ECU is no stranger to launching postseason games. In 1999, the Pirates played in the first Mobile, Alabama Bowl (now the GMAC Bowl), and in 2000, they pummeled Texas Tech in the inaugural Bowl (now the Texas Bowl).

The Bowl marks the renewal of a postseason game for the Iron City. From 1977-90, Birmingham hosted the All-American Bowl.

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02/23/2007 02:03:52 AM

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