By Jeremy Kahn
SANTA CLARA–It may not be the Rose Bowl, but the Indiana Hoosiers are heading to California to play in a bowl game against a team from the Pacific 12 Conference.
The Hoosiers are heading to the 15th annual Foster Farms Bowl that will be played at Levi’s Stadium on Wednesday night December 28, 2016, and awaiting the Hoosiers at Levi’s Stadium will be the 19th ranked Utah Utes, who finished in third place in the Pac-12 South Division behind the Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans.
Our team is thrilled to play in the Foster Farms Bowl,” IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. “Making a second straight bowl game is an enormous milestone for the program and our students will enjoy going against a high caliber opponent in the Utah Utes. We can’t wait to bring Hoosier Nation to the Bay Area on December 28th to compete in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Coach Allen just told the team and they are excited for the opportunity to become Foster Farms Bowl Champions.”
This will be just the fourth meeting between the Hoosiers and the Utes, with the Utes leading the all-time series 2-1. The Hoosiers won the first meeting between the two schools in 1975; however the Utes have taken the last two meetings in 2001 and 2002.
“We’re excited to be able to go to the Foster Farms Bowl in California to play the Utah Utes,”Indiana head coach Tom Allen said . “It’s a great opportunity for us to match up against another great conference in this country in the Pac-12 and play one of their better teams. The Hoosiers are fired up to be heading west.”
Allen, who was the Hoosiers Defensive Coordinator will be making his debut as Hoosiers head coach, taking over for former Head Coach Kevin Wilson, who abruptly resigned as head coach after the Hoosiers win over archrival Purdue on November 26.
The Hoosiers have played in two bowl games in the State of California, and they are 1-1 in the Golden State in bowl appearances. Losing to the Rose Bowl against the Trojans 14-3 in the 1968 Rose Bowl, and evened up their record in bowl games in the State of California after defeating the BYU Cougars 38-37 in the 1979 Holiday Bowl.