Louisville to play Miami of Ohio

Updated: December 1, 2003, 11:40 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville accepted a bid to the GMAC Bowl on Monday, hours after No. 19 TCU turned down an invitation to play in the game.

TCU (11-1), which played in the game in 1999 and 2000, declined an invitation because the game conflicted with the school's exams schedule. The Horned Frogs will instead play in the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl against an undetermined opponent.

Louisville (9-3, 5-3 Conference USA) will face Miami of Ohio (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) in Mobile, Ala., on Dec. 18. Both teams rank among the top 10 in the nation in total offense.

"It won't be a low-scoring game," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said.

Louisville played in the GMAC Bowl last year, losing 38-15 to Marshall. The game was upstaged by fast-spreading news that Louisville coach John L. Smith was leaving for Michigan State.

"This year, we're taking in a lot of momentum," Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich said.

Jurich said Louisville's other option was the Hawaii Bowl, on Dec. 25.

The Cardinals will make their sixth straight bowl appearance. Louisville is 1-4 in bowl games since 1998 and 4-5-1 all-time in bowl games.

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