ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
The UConn football team left Connecticut on Sunday and after a two-and-a-half flight arrived in sunny Florida for the St. Petersburg Bowl. UConn takes on Marshall in the game on Saturday, December 26 at 11 a.m. at Tropicana Field. The game is televised nationally on ESPN and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn will practice in Florida all week in the morning and the afternoons will be filled with various bowl activities such as an afternoon in Clearwater Beach, a trip to Busch Gardens and other bowl-sponsored events.
Members of the team will also visit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and take part in "Fill The Bowl" -- where food is bagged for the Feeding America program.
UConn finished the regular season with a mark of 6-6 and 4-4 in the American Athletic Conference, including a win over nationally-ranked Houston on November 21 to secure bowl eligibility.
The Huskies are making their sixth bowl trip in school history with wins in the 2004 Motor City, 2009 International and 2010 Papajohns.com Bowls and appeared in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta and 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowls.
Marshall, a member of Conference USA, had a 9-3 record during the regular season and a 6-2 mark in league play. The Thundering Herd opened the season with a win over Purdue of the Big Ten Conference and had a seven-game winning streak midway through the season.
Tropicana Field, site of the game, is the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. The St. Petersburg Bowl originated in 2008 and the Huskies are making their first appearance in the game. Marshall played in the game in 2011 and defeated FIU by a 20-10 score. Last season, North Carolina State defeated UCF in the game by a 34-27 score.