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Ohio University football accepts invite to Myrtle Beach Bowl

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Ohio University, Press Release, https://ohiobobcats.com/

The Ohio University football program (9-3, 6-2 MAC) accepted an invitation to play in the Myrtle Beach Bowl against the Georgia Southern Eagles (6-6, 3-5 SBC) Sunday (Dec. 3).

The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16; kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the radio on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield, with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Ohio alum Rob Cornelius on the call.

"Our program is excited about the opportunity to kick off the 2023 Bowl Season and compete against Georgia Southern in the Myrtle Beach Bowl," said head coach Tim Albin. "The resilience, toughness and effort of our guys throughout the year have allowed us the chance to play together one more time. We'll play for a tenth win this season, for our fifth straight bowl victory, and for the legacy of our seniors who are putting on the Green and White for their final game. Let's raise the bar!"

This marks the Bobcats' first appearance in the Myrtle Beach Bowl and their second consecutive season making a bowl appearance, defeating Wyoming 30-27 in overtime at the 2022 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.  

The Myrtle Beach Bowl is a newer addition to college football's roster; its creation was announced in 2018 and the inaugural matchup was in 2021. The game features three conference partners: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. Notably, the Myrtle Beach Bowl is the first of its kind for South Carolina, owning the "first college bowl game in South Carolina" proudly. Since its inception, the game has been played on Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium.  

Ohio has been to 14 bowls, posting a 6-8 record. The 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl marked their first bowl victory in program history. Trailing Utah State 23-17 with 2:21 seconds remaining in the game, the Bobcats put together a nine-play, 61-yard touchdown drive to win the game, 24-23.

In addition to the 2011 and 2019 Famous Idaho Potato Bowls, Ohio knocked off ULM, 45-14, in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, rolled to a 41-6 win over UAB in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and posted a 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl. The Bobcats' 2022 Arizona Bowl victory marked their first time defeating the Wyoming Cowboys; the overtime victory earned graduate student CJ Harris Arizona Bowl MVP accolades.

The 2022 and 2023 Bobcats will forever be etched in the record book, recording consecutive nine-win regular seasons for the first time in program history. The 2023 squad's performance earned six Bobcats All-MAC honors, including three First-Team recognitions.  

After a week zero loss against San Diego State (Aug. 26), Ohio went on a five-game winning streak. This was highlighted by defeating the Iowa State Cyclones 10-7 on Frank Solich Field (Sept. 16), marking their first win over a Power Five opponent since 2017. They opened MAC play with a dominant 38-7 victory over the Bowling Green Falcons (Sept. 23), continuing the streak with a Homecoming win against the Kent State Golden Flashes (Oct. 7). Ohio closed the regular season with three victories: Buffalo (Nov. 7), Central Michigan (Nov. 15) and Akron (Nov. 24).

This will be Ohio and Georgia Southern's first matchup. Led by second-year head coach Clay Helton, the Eagles recorded six victories, three of which were against Sun Belt opponents. 11 Eagles were named to the All-Sun Belt Team, highlighted by offensive lineman Khalil Crowder and linebacker Marques Watson-Trent earning First-Team All-Sun Belt accolades.  

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