HOUSTON - The University of Houston, who accepted an invitation to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl earlier Sunday, will face Vanderbilt from the SEC in the game. The game in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 4,. will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT and be carried nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
The BBVA Compass Bowl will mark the first meeting between Houston and Vanderbilt. The Cougars are 40-79-4 all-time vs. SEC opponents and 1-1 in bowl games against the conference. UH defeated Auburn, 36-7, in the 1969 Bluebonnet Bowl while falling to South Carolina, 44-36, in the 2006 Liberty Bowl.
“We are excited to accept an invitation to the BBVA Compass Bowl and look forward to making the trip to Birmingham. Vanderbilt has had an outstanding season and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Franklin and his staff. Playing at Legion Field will provide a great atmosphere for our fans. Our staff and student-athletes look forward to this opportunity,” said Houston head coach Tony Levine.
The BBVA Compass Bowl marks Houston’s 22nd bowl appearance and its eight bowl game in the last 11 seasons. Houston won its last bowl game, Tony Levine’s first game as the head coach of the Cougars, when it defeated Penn State, 30-14, in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. The Cougars are 9-11-1 all time in their previous 21 bowl apperances.
“We are very grateful for the invitation extended to The University of Houston from the BBVA Compass Bowl and we are looking forward to spending time in Birmingham. Bowl games are a great reward and experience for well-deserving student-athletes and we know with the hospitality the BBVA Compass Bowl and the City of Birmingham provide, this will be no exception,” University of Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades. “It will be a great challenge to face Vanderbilt and I look forward to our passionate fan base making an impact in the support of our student-athletes and our program.”
Houston enters the BBVA Compass Bowl with a record of 8-4 including a mark of 5-3 in The American Athletic Conference. UH finished fourth in its inaugural season in The American. Vanderbilt enters the game with an 8-4 record and a 4-4 mark in the SEC.
Houston fans can purchase BBVA Compass Bowl tickets for just $50 here.
For more information on BBVA Compass Bowl tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Travel packages for the BBVA Compass Bowl are available through the University of Houston Alumni Association and can be found here.
Travel packages may include hotel accommodations at an official Houston hotel, ground transportation to and from the game and other package events, admission to official Houston bowl events, bowl game eve reception, pregame tailgate party, BBVA Compass Bowl ticket and more!