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Dec. 2, 2012

The University of Pittsburgh football team has accepted an invitation to play the University of Mississippi of the Southeastern Conference in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The game, held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., will be played on January 5, 2013 in front of a national ESPN television audience (1 p.m. ET).

It will be the inaugural game between the Panthers (6-6, 3-4 Big East) and Rebels (6-6, 3-5 SEC). Both teams enter the postseason following big victories. Pitt rolled past USF, 27-3, on Saturday, while Ole Miss upset No. 24 Mississippi State, 41-24, in the annual Egg Bowl last week.

"We've been given a great opportunity to play a quality program like Ole Miss," first-year Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said. "I know they finished the season strong and looked impressive in winning the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State. We are appreciative of the City of Birmingham and the BBVA Compass Bowl for giving us the chance to play one more game this season."

"As we move another step closer to our future in the Atlantic Coast Conference, we are thrilled to be matched with Mississippi of the Southeastern Conference," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "While it is unusual to play in the same bowl three years in a row, we are excited to be facing a traditional program like Ole Miss. This game is held in a great football city and our hosts have already discussed giving our team some different experiences on this trip. We are proud of how our team finished the regular season and we're excited they can play one more game together."

The Panthers will be playing in their 10th bowl since 2000 (13 seasons) and fifth consecutive since 2008. Pitt is 12-16 all-time in bowl games.

For ticket information, call the Panthers Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For bowl event information, contact the Pitt Alumni Association at (800) ALU-PITT or log onto

Pitt Accepts Invitation to Play Ole Miss in BBVA Compass Bowl

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