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Nevada players excited to be in Hawaii Bowl

Updated: December 5, 2005, 2:05 AM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- They might have preferred to play before family and friends at the Las Vegas Bowl.

But after the school's 9-year bowl drought, Nevada players are excited to be heading to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve against Central Florida.

"It would have been nice to be in Las Vegas and have our fans there," said senior B.J. Mitchell, the Western Athletic Conference's leading rusher.

"But it's my first time in a bowl game so it [Hawaii Bowl] is special. ...

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