WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University has accepted an invitation to play Mississippi State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be played on Friday, Dec. 30 at LP Field and will kickoff at 6:40 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
"We couldn't be more excited to be playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl," said head coach Jim Grobe. "Our players, coaches and fans are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity in Nashville. Traveling to Nashville during the Christmas holiday will be a great experience for our families and the players."
Wake Forest went 6-6 during the 2011 regular season and clinched bowl eligibility with a 31-10 win over Maryland on Nov. 19. The Demon Deacons finished tied for second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 5-3 conference record. Wake Forest came within an eyelash of defeating Atlantic Division champion Clemson when the ninth-ranked Tigers booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired for a 31-28 win on Nov. 12 at Clemson.
During the season, the Deacons defeated No. 22 Florida State while also posting ACC road wins at Boston College and Duke.
"We are extremely happy to accept the invitation to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl," said Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "Going to Nashville gives our fans the opportunity to attend the game. We have earned the reputation that our fans do travel to bowl games as evidenced over the last few years with our trips to the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. This is an excellent opportunity for our team and our fans and we will enjoy our experience at the Music City Bowl."
Mississippi State is 6-6 overall and went 2-6 in the SEC West Division which includes LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs are 19th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 19.9 points per game.
Wake Forest will be making its 10th all-time bowl appearance. The Deacons last appeared in a bowl game following the 2008 season when Wake Forest defeated Navy 29-19. The Deacons are 6-3 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their last six bowl appearances.
Under Grobe, Wake Forest will be making its fifth bowl appearance. Grobe has more bowl trips than any other coach in Wake Forest history.
Wake Forest's official web site, WakeForestSports.com, will have updated ticket and travel package information available no later than Monday.