UCLA and No. 18 NC State will meet at the Holiday Bowl on December 28 for the first game of football to be played in Petco Park, the baseball stadium in downtown San Diego Padres.
The Holiday Bowl needed a new home after the SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley was demolished to expedite construction of the new Aztec Stadium in the state of San Diego. This is also the first year of a new contract that conforms to ACC and Pac-12. UCLA tied for runner-up in the Pac-12 South and NC State tied for runner-up in the ACC Atlantic Division.
UCLA: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson became the sixth Bruins player to hit 3,000 yards total offense in one season. He has 2,409 yards of passing and 21 touchdowns and 609 yards of rushing with seven touchdowns.
State of NC: QB Devin Leary threw four TD passes against North Carolina to give him 35 this season, breaking the school’s single season record of 34 from Phillip Rivers, the former San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers QB.
UCLA: Tie for second place in the Pac-12 South Division, the Bruins’ best result since 2014.
NC State: Finished second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, winning four of its last five games, including rallies, to beat North Carolina 34-30. Earned Bowl bid in first year of ACC’s contract with Holiday Bowl.
UCLA 7, NC State 0 (October 29, 1960)
UCLA: Second appearance in the Holiday Bowl, 37th overall bowl appearance and first since 2017.
NC State: First appearance at the Holiday Bowl, 34th bowl appearance overall.