Sunday, December 8, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    



Rebels and Yellow Jackets meet for first time since the 1971 Peach Bowl  

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (Dec. 8, 2013)– Representatives of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl announced today the Ole Miss Rebels will represent the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 16th annual Bowl as they take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Kickoff will be Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CST at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is thrilled to host the student-athletes, administrators and fans from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech,” said Toby Wilt, Bowl Selection Committee Chairman. “Music City is a great destination and we’re confident that the teams and the fans will enjoy the wonderful hospitality for which Nashville is famous. We’re looking forward to an exciting schedule of BOWL Week special events and activities, capped by a great game on the field.”

“As we enter the fourth year of our title sponsorship, we continue to be impressed with the impact that the Bowl has on our company and the city of Nashville,” said Dan Crockett, President and CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Company. “The exposure we receive each year draws attention not only to Franklin American Mortgage, but also to the numerous charitable organizations we support and the city as a whole. We see the Bowl as our opportunity to give back to the community and those who have helped in our success. The teams that will play in this year’s game have had great seasons, and we’re looking forward to seeing them square off in Nashville’s Holiday Tradition!”

Ole Miss ended the regular season with a 7-5 record. The Rebels finished third in the SEC in passing offense with 285.6 yards per game and fifth in total offense. The high-powered passing attack is led by junior quarterback Bo Wallace, who ranked third in the conference in passing yards per game (257.5). Cody Prewitt leads the Rebels defense, ranking first in the SEC with six interceptions. This is the second appearance in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl for the Rebels, and the team’s second straight bowl appearance. Ole Miss previously played in the 2000 Bowl game under David Cutcliffeand led by quarterback Eli Manning.

“We are excited to accept an invitation to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and continue our outstanding bowl tradition,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. “I want to congratulate our coaches and student-athletes for their hard work, focus and commitment to return our program to postseason play for the second straight year. With 126,000 alumni within a one day drive, winning an SEC title last spring and our win over Vanderbilt to start the season, Nashville has become a hot bed for Rebel Nation. We know our fans will continue our stellar reputation of supporting our team and filling up LP Field. Last year was Lock the Legion and now we have the Music City Encore.”

Among ACC opponents, the Ramblin’ Wreck ranked first in rushing offense and rushing touchdowns (311.7 yards per game and 45 touchdowns, respectively), third in scoring offense (36.6 points per game),  second in rushing defense (107 yards allowed per game), fourth in scoring defense (22.7 points allowed per game) and third in total defense (350.5 yards allowed per game).

“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is a first-class bowl in a great entertainment city,” said Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. “Scott Ramsey, the staff and volunteers do an outstanding job of making the Bowl trip a memorable one for both teams, as well as the fans of both teams. We are excited about making the short trip to Nashville and preparing for what should be an outstanding game on December 30.”

The 2013 game marks the eighth consecutive Bowl matchup between the SEC and ACC in Music City. Last year, Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina State 38-24 in the first matchup between the two teams since 1946. This year’s game between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech marks the fourth time these teams have played. They first met in 1946, a game Georgia Tech won, and later met in 1953 in the 19th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic where Georgia Tech won 24-7. In 1971, the Rebels defeated the Yellow Jackets in the fourth annual Peach Bowl.

“We look forward to hosting the teams, fans, coaches and administrators from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech at our 16th annual Bowl, in a matchup that hasn't occurred since 1971. We are proud of our affiliation with the SEC and ACC and hope everyone from both schools will enjoy all that Music City has to offer over the New Year holiday,” said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Established in 1998, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl has transformed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day into one of the city’s busiest times of the year for tourism. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced $222 million in direct economic impact to Nashville. 

Ticket Note:
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl. For more information on VIP Ticket Packages which include tickets and BOWL Week hospitality, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

Special Note to Fans:
For fans attending the game, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl to purchase game day parking. Several parking options are available, but for those wishing to park in a stadium parking lot at LP Field, passes must be pre-purchased. No parking passes at LP Field will be available to purchase on game day.

About the Bowl:
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced nearly $222 million in economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

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Bowl Media Contacts:                                                                                       
Brandon Cox                                                                           
615.743.3129 | 615.294.8034 cell                                                                  

Molly Williamson
615.780.3367 | 740.244.6052 cell

Ole Miss Media Contact:
For quotes or to arrange interviews, please contact Kyle Campbell at 662.915.7544 or kyle@olemiss.edu.  

Georgia Tech Media Contact:
For quotes or to arrange interviews, please contact Dean Buchan at 404.295.8703 or dbuchan@athletics.gatech.edu.