Watch: EMU players react to Bahamas Bowl news

The Detroit News
Eastern Michigan running back Ian Eriksen

Eastern Michigan’s football team has accepted an invitation to play in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Friday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. against Old Dominion.

This is the first bowl appearance since 1987 for the Eagles (7-5). The game will be at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau and will be televised live on ESPN.

"We are absolutely thrilled," said EMU coach Chris Creighton. "Nearly a year ago our seniors set our season goal, to go to a bowl game for the first time in 29 years. We could not be more excited to accept this invitation. What an awesome experience this is going to be for everyone associated with our program."

In the 1987 California Bowl, EMU defeated San Jose State, 30-27.

The Eagles and Old Dominion have met twice in the past two seasons, with EMU falling 17-3 in 2014 and 38-34 in 2015.

The Eagles have a winning record for the first time since 1995 and are led by quarterback Brogan Roback, who has thrown for 2,394 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games (six starts).

Ian Eriksen is EMU's leading rusher with 741 yards and nine TD, and Sergio Bailey has 55 receptions for 799 yards and six scores.

Old Dominion, of Conference USA, went 9-3 this season.


Sept. 2, Mississippi Valley State, W 61-14

Sept. 10, at Missouri, L 61-21

Sept. 17, at Charlotte, W 37-19

Sept. 23, Wyoming, W 27-24

Oct. 1, at Bowling Green, W 28-25

Oct. 8, Toledo, L 35-20

Oct. 15, at Ohio, W 27-20

Oct. 22, at Western Michigan, L 45-31

Oct. 29, Miami (Ohio), L 28-15

Nov. 8, at Ball State, W 48-41

Nov. 16, Northern Illinois, L 31-24

Nov. 22, Central Michigan, W 26-21


Sept. 4, Hampton, W 54-21

Sept. 10, at Appalachian State, L 31-7

Sept. 17, at North Carolina State, L 49-22

Sept. 24, Texas-San Antonio, W 33-19

Oct. 1, at Charlotte, W 52-17

Oct. 7, Massachusetts, W 36-16

Oct. 22, at Western Kentucky, L 59-24

Oct. 29, at Texas-El Paso, W 31-21

Nov. 5, Marshall, W 38-14

Nov. 12, Southern Mississippi, W 51-35

Nov. 19, at Florida Atlantic, W 42-24

Nov. 26, Florida International, W 42-28