UNDATED (AP) -- Illinois will face Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26th. The Illini rallied to finish the season 6-6, while the Bulldogs finished at 8-5 after losing to Marshall in the Conference USA title game. Illinois was seemingly left for dead before winning its last two games against Penn State and Northwestern to become bowl eligible. Illinois is led by running back Josh Ferguson and wide receiver Mike Dudek, who caught 69 passes for 965 yards in the regular season.
The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Cody Sokol and running back Kenneth Dixon. Dixon has rushed for 1,236 yards and 21 touchdowns while Sokol has tossed 29 touchdowns.
The last time the two teams met was 2012. In that game, Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 52-24.
Illinois is 8-9 in Bowl games.The Fighting Illini last appeared in a bowl in 2012, when they beat UCLA 20-14 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.