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ODU reaches its first bowl game in 5 years; will face Tulsa in Myrtle Beach Bowl

The Monarchs are in their first bowl game since the 2016 Bahamas Bowl when they beat Eastern Michigan.

NORFOLK, Va. — The ODU Monarchs football team is all set to go bowling!

Old Dominion University announced Sunday they will be taking on Tulsa in the second-ever Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will be played Monday, December 20 at 2:30 p.m. from Conway, South Carolina.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

ODU's incredible run began with a torrid 1-6 start. But then the Monarchs proceeded to roll off five straight wins that included their season finale at home in a 56-34 win over Charlotte. That pushed them to a 6-6 record and bowl-eligible for head coach Ricky Rahne's first official season.

It's ODU's first bowl game since winning the 2016 Bahamas Bowl over Eastern Michigan.

They'll be playing a Golden Hurricane squad (6-6) that plays out of the American Athletic Conference.

It's the first meeting between the schools, although both were briefly in Conference USA when Old Dominion joined in 2013-14 before Tulsa left for the Big East the next season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.