Cal will play Virginia Tech

Updated: December 1, 2003, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- California was picked Monday to be Virginia Tech's opponent in the Insight Bowl.

Cal (7-6) won four of its final five games to earn its first bowl appearance since 1996. The Bears' highlight this season was a 34-31 overtime win over Southern California, the only blemish for the second-ranked Trojans.

"Playing in a bowl game was one of our primary goals this year, so today's announcement represents a milestone for this team and the Cal football program," coach Jeff Tedford said.

The Hokies (8-4) dropped three of their last four games after upsetting Miami 31-7 on Nov. 1, a victory that lifted them to fifth in the nation.

The game will be played Dec. 26 at Bank One Ballpark, the home of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

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