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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Virginia returning to Tire Bowl

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Virginia on Sunday accepted a bid to the Continental Tire Bowl and will play Pittsburgh.

Virginia won the inaugural Tire Bowl last season, beating West Virginia 48-22 in Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte. The Cavaliers (7-5) earned a trip back by finishing tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Pitt (8-4) had to settle for the non-BCS bowl after losing Saturday night 28-14 to Miami. A Pitt victory would have given the Panthers a share of their first Big East Conference title and BCS bowl bid, likely the Orange Bowl.

The Tire Bowl will be Dec. 27. Last year, it drew 73,535 fans -- the largest crowd for a non-BCS bowl.