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Rutgers and North Carolina Accept Bid to Play in Inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field

  • Inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit will feature a matchup between Rutgers University Scarlet Knights and University of North Carolina Tar Heels
  • The Quick Lane Bowl is a postseason collegiate football bowl game sponsored by Ford Motor Company’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center featuring teams from the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference
  • The bowl game will air nationally on ESPN on Friday, Dec. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Rutgers University Scarlet Knights and University of North Carolina Tar Heels will play in the inaugural 2014 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will air nationally on ESPN on Friday, Dec. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

The 2014 Quick Lane Bowl is a postseason collegiate football bowl game sponsored by Ford Motor Company’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center that features teams from the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Tickets as low as $35 are available at quicklanebowl.com, the Ford Field box office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or by calling 877.212.8898. Fans can follow the official Twitter account of the Quick Lane Bowl, @quicklanebowl, for the most current game information.

Rutgers’ Kyle Flood is the school’s first coach to lead the Scarlet Knights to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons as head coach. In the program’s first season in the Big Ten, Rutgers won all four of its non-conference games, and earned victories over Michigan, Indiana and Maryland. The Scarlet Knights are 5-4 all-time in bowl games after last season’s 29-16 loss to Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

This will be the second consecutive bowl appearance for Larry Fedora, North Carolina head coach. In 2013, Fedora guided the Tar Heels to a 39-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl is North Carolina’s 31st all-time bowl game, its first bowl appearance in Michigan. The team has won two of its last three bowl games.

The Detroit Lions are only the second NFL team (after the Houston Texans) to host and operate a college football bowl game. The team’s entertainment division, DLI Entertainment, has promoted multiple large-scale shows and events at Ford Field, including seven consecutive sold-out Kenny Chesney concerts, Taylor Swift, the 2003 Basketbowl, 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals, 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.

The Quick Lane Bowl is one of five new college football bowl games in the 2014-15 bowl lineup, alongside the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl and Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Quick Lane Bowl social media:

  • Websitewww.quicklanebowl.com
  • Facebook – Quick Lane Bowl
  • Twitter – @quicklanebowl
  • Instagram – Quicklanebowl

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

About Quick Lane

Ford’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers offer routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. Customers can visit www.quicklane.com to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicle running at peak efficiency. This site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.

About the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and are the National Football League’s fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $6.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information visit www.Detroitlions.com.

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