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WVU will play North Carolina in Duke’s Mayo Bowl

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Mountaineers will play North Carolina within the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 12.

The sport can be a rematch of the 2008 Meineke Automobile Care Bowl during which WVU defeated the Tar Heels 31-30. Former WVU quarterback Pat White was named MVP of the sport after throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

West Virginia completed 8-4 (6-3 Huge 12) this season, the group’s first eight-win season since 2018. WVU reached bowl eligibility with a 37-7 win over BYU on Nov. 4, a part of a 4-1 end to the common season.

That is the Mountaineers’ third bowl look in Neal Brown’s fifth season as head coach. The group is 1-1 beneath Brown, successful the Liberty Bowl in 2020, 24-21, over Military and shedding the Assured Fee Bowl, 18-6, to Minnesota in 2021.

North Carolina additionally went 8-4 (4-4 ACC) this season. The Tar Heels ended the season on a chilly streak, nevertheless, shedding their final two video games and 4 of their final six.

UNC additionally hasn’t had a lot success in bowl video games not too long ago. The group has misplaced its final three bowl appearances, 5 of its final six and 10 of its final 13.

The Mountaineers are simply 1-4 of their final 5 bowl video games and simply 3-8 relationship again to 2009. Previous to that, WVU gained 4 straight bowl video games from 2005-08.

Duke’s Mayo has been the presenting sponsor of the bowl sport since 2020. Earlier winners are Wisconsin (2020), South Carolina (2021) and Maryland (2022).

The convention tie-ins for the Duke’s Mayo Bowl are sometimes the ACC yearly and the Huge Ten and SEC alternating on odd and even years. The SEC didn’t have sufficient bowl-eligible groups to qualify this season, opening the way in which for WVU to be chosen as a member of the Huge 12.

The bowl has beforehand been often known as the Belk Bowl, Meineke Automobile Care Heart Bowl and the Continental Tire Bowl.

WVU has performed within the sport twice, within the Continental Tire Bowl in 2002 and the Meineke Automobile Care Bowl in 2008. In 2002, the bowl’s first 12 months, No. 15 WVU misplaced to Virginia 48-22.

West Virginia has performed in Charlotte on two different events, a neutral-site sport towards Tennessee in 2018 and towards East Carolina in 1999. WVU beat the Volunteers 40-14 in 2018 and misplaced 30-23 to the Pirates.