By City News Service
UCLA will play Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl Dec. 31 in El Paso, with the Bruins having to face one of the nation's top defenses, organizers announced Monday.
The Hokies (8-4) are fourth among Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing an average of 269.6 yards per game, and eighth in scoring defense, allowing 17.4 points per game.
UCLA (9-3) will be facing Virginia Tech for the first time. This will be the Bruins fourth Sun Bowl appearance and first since a 50-38 victory over Northwestern in the 2005 game. UCLA has a 2-1 record in the Sun Bowl.
"I'm extremely confident that our young men will come to El Paso and they will enjoy the experience to the fullest and they will act with character and class like is expected of a UCLA student-athlete," Bruins coach Jim Mora said.
The Sun Bowl has the third choice among both Pacific-12 Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference teams after the conference champions and any additional teams are chosen to play in Bowl Championship Series games.