Saturday, December 02, 2006

WMU accepts invite to first International Bowl

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Western Michigan has accepted the first invitation to play in the inaugural International Bowl, to be held Jan. 6 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The 2007 International Bowl will be the first bowl game played outside the United States since the 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, the school said Tuesday in announcing it had accepted the invitation. It will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference and the Big East Conference.

A Big East opponent had not yet been selected to face the Broncos, who completed their regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the MAC. They finished second in the conference’s West Division, behind Central Michigan.

Western Michigan boasts the sixth-best rushing defense among NCAA Division I-A schools, limiting opponents to 71.9 yards per game on the ground. The team also leads all big schools in interceptions with 22.

The Broncos will be making their first bowl game appearance since the 1988 California Bowl.

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