- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Houston will face San Diego State in the Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl.

Bowl officials announced the matchup Sunday as Houston (9-3) accepted the at-large invitation to play the Mountain West champion Aztecs (10-3).

The Cougars will fill the Pac-12 Conference spot this year and are the first member of the American Athletic Conference to appear in the Las Vegas Bowl.

It will also mark the first year that the game will feature a team from the state of Texas.

Houston last played in Las Vegas when the Cougars beat UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium in 1989.

San Diego State previously appeared in the Las Vegas Bowl in 1998, losing 20-13 to North Carolina.

The Aztecs are 0-2 against Houston, but the two schools haven’t faced each other since 1973.

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