MAC Champion to Face Cincinnati in Motor City Bowl

Updated 11/22/2000
CINCINNATI (Nov. 22, AP) -- The University of Cincinnati's football Bearcats are to play in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 27, marking the school's second bowl appearance in four years after going almost a half century without one.

School officials revealed the bid Tuesday.

The fourth annual Motor City Bowl is to be played in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The Bearcats are to play the winner of the Mid-American Conference championship game which will be played Dec. 2 between Marshall and Western Michigan.

A 27-24 victory over 24th-ranked Southern Mississippi on Saturday left Cincinnati in second place in Conference USA, guaranteed one of its four bowl berths. Cincinnati coach Rick Minter had lobbied for the Motor City Bowl in the belief that the strongest contingency of fans would follow the team to Detroit.