Cincinnati will face North Carolina in Belk Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title Dec. 28 against North Carolina.

The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte, Belk Bowl officials announced Sunday night.

"We are very excited to have North Carolina playing in the 2013 Belk Bowl," said Belk Bowl executive director Will Webb said in a release. "The Tar Heels finished the season very strong, as did Cincinnati, and it should provide a great matchup on the field."

Cincinnati finished 9-3 overall and in second place in the American Athletic Conference at 6-2. They finished strong by winning six of their final seven games.

Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville said in a release "the opportunity to play another game is huge for our team, our fans and for recruiting. It's exciting and a tribute to our great fans that the Belk Bowl has selected Cincinnati two years in a row."

The Bearcats defeated Duke last year in the Belk Bowl behind the play of quarterback Brendon Kay, who named the game's MVP.

The Tar Heels (6-6) bounced back from a 1-5 start this season to win five of their last six games to become bowl eligible. However, their regular season ended with a disappointing 27-25 loss to rival Duke at home.

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