Boca Raton Bowl will feature Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State

Western Kentucky University will face off against Appalachian State University in the 8th Annual Boca Raton Bowl as announced by bowl officials. The 2021 game at FAU Stadium will kick off at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 18, and will be televised nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio, including ESPN 106.3 locally.

Western Kentucky, 8-5 overall and 7-2 in Conference USA play, and Appalachian State, 10-3 overall and 7-1 in Sun Belt Conference games will play for the Howard Schnellenberger Championship Trophy, awarded to the champion of the Boca Raton Bowl. Both schools were champions of their conference divisions but lost in their respective conference title games to teams playing at home.

“We will have an opportunity to see history made in our game this year,” said Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley. “Western Kentucky comes into this game with the nation’s top passing quarterback in Bailey Zappe and he will be looking to set new NCAA single-season passing records in this game. On the other hand, Appalachian State has one of the best pass defenses in the nation. This matchup is going to be amazing to watch unfold.”

Western Kentucky and Appalachian State have not previously met. Further, Appalachian State has not lost in its previous six bowl appearances. Western Kentucky played in the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl, defeating the University of Memphis, 51-31.

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