Nevada vs Miami in MPC Computers Bowl

It took a day longer than expected but Nevada and Miami have accepted invitations to play in the MPC Computers Bowl at Boise, Idaho on December 31st.

Wolf Pack players and coaches say they are excited because it will give them chance to redeem themselves after a big loss to Boise State in the regular season finale.

Nevada Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter says he's especially happy for the seniors because he knows they didn't want to end their career on a sour note like the 38-7 thumping by the Broncos at Mackay Stadium on Saturday.

Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe says it will be especially exciting to have a chance to do it on the field of a fellow member of the Western Athletic Conference, Boise State's famous blue Smurf turf.

Rowe says they've never played a team the caliber of Miami. It will be the first time the two teams have ever met.

It's the second year in a row Nevada will make a post-season appearance. Athletic Director Cary Groth says it's a sign that Nevada's athletic program is on the rise.

Rowe, DeRutyer and Groth were on a conference call this afternoon when the officials for the bowl extended the formal invitation. Coach Chris Ault was on the recruiting trail and out of cell phone range.

The game will be shown live on ESPN with kickoff set for 4:30pm Nevada time on New Year's Eve.