Terps to play East Carolina in Military Bowl

Maryland will face East Carolina in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29. It will be Maryland's seventh bowl appearance in the past 10 years. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m. EST from RFK Stadium and it will be nationally televised on ESPN.

The Terps (8-4, 5-3 ACC) have had one of the best turnarounds in the nation this season. Maryland’s six-win increase from 2009 ranks second in the FBS.

"We are looking forward to playing in another bowl game," said coach Ralph Friedgen, the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year. "Our kids have worked really hard this season and it’s a tribute to them that we’ve reached the postseason again. We hope to represent the ACC well in the Military Bowl.”

The Terps will be looking to secure their fifth bowl win under Friedgen.

East Carolina (6-6, 5-3), which finished in a two-way tie for fourth in the Conference USA, will be making its fifth-straight bowl appearance and seventh since 2000. The Pirates lost to Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl following last season and are 8-8 all-time in bowl games.

Maryland will be making its 24th bowl game appearance and first in Washington, D.C. The Terps have won four of their last five bowl games and hold a 10-11-2 record all-time.

ECU has played three opponents from the ACC already this season, having lost at Virginia Tech and North Carolina early in the season, before knocking off NC State 33-27 in overtime on Oct. 16.

It will be the first ever meeting between the Terrapins and the Pirates.