(DETROIT, MI) – The University of North Carolina and Rutgers University will play in the inaugural 2014 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Friday, December 26 at 4:30 PM. The game will air nationally on ESPN.
Tickets as low as $35 are available online, the Ford Field box office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm), or by calling 877.212.8898.
Fans can follow the official twitter account of the Quick Lane Bowl for the most current game information.
This will be University of North Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora’s second consecutive bowl appearance with the Tar Heels. In 2013, he guided them to a 39-17 victory over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl is Carolina’s 31st all-time bowl game, but first in the state of Michigan. Carolina has won two of its last three bowl games.
The Tar Heels finished 2014 third in the ACC in points-per-game (34.3) and are led by second-team All-ACC quarterback Marquise Williams. The Charlotte, N.C., native finished with 2,870 passing yards and 737 rushing yards. This season he established UNC single-season records for total offense (3,607), most touchdowns responsible for (32) and most touchdowns rushing by a quarterback (12).
Rutgers Head Coach Kyle Flood is the school’s first coach to lead them to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons as head coach. In the program’s first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference, Rutgers won all four of its non-conference games and earned Big Ten victories over Michigan, Indiana and Maryland.
Following the regular season, four players (wide receiver Leonte Carroo, defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, defensive lineman Kemoko Turay, offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson) were named all-conference, with Carroo earning First Team All-Big Ten accolades in the media vote.
The Scarlet Knights are 5-4 all-time in bowl games after last season’s 29-16 loss to No. 25 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The Detroit Lions are only the second NFL team (after the Houston Texans) to host and operate a college football bowl game. The team’s entertainment division, DLI Entertainment, has promoted multiple large-scale shows and events at Ford Field, including seven consecutive sold-out Kenny Chesney concerts, Taylor Swift, the 2003 Basketbowl, 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals, 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.