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Texas Bowl
Texas Bowl logo.png
Texas Bowl logo
Stadium Reliant Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Operated 2006–present
Conference Tie-ins Big 12, Big East/C-USA/MWC (alternating years)
Payout US$500,000 (C-USA) (As of 2006)
US$750,000 (Big 12) (As of 2006)
2008 Matchup
Rice vs. Western Michigan (Rice 38-14)
2009 Matchup
Missouri vs. Navy (Navy 35-13)

The Texas Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that was held for the first time in 2006 in Houston, Texas. The bowl replaced the now-defunct Houston Bowl, which was played annually from 2000 to 2005. The first bowl game in Houston was the Bluebonnet Bowl, played from 1959 through 1987. The defending Texas Bowl champions are the Navy Midshipmen, who defeated the Missouri Tigers in 2009.


Replacing the Houston Bowl

Speculation had surfaced questioning the long-term survival of the former Houston Bowl. The three-year contract with EV1.net expired on December 31, 2005, leaving the bowl game without a title sponsor. A college football official told the Houston Chronicle that the bowl was in danger of ceasing operations, as a result of the game losing its title sponsor and because the Houston Bowl still owed roughly $600,000 to the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences following the 2005 game.[1] However, the NCAA approved Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, a division of the NFL's Houston Texans, who also play in Reliant Stadium, to take over game management. Then on July 20, the NFL Network acquired both TV rights and naming rights to the bowl, which was played on December 28.[2]

The Texas Bowl name and logo were officially unveiled on August 10, 2006, at a press conference along with the conference affiliations for the bowl spots. The Big 12, Big East and Conference USA will be affiliated with the game, as well as Texas Christian University of the Mountain West. The 2006 matchup featured teams from the Big 12 and Big East Conferences.[3]

On December 3, 2006, Rutgers accepted an invitation to play Kansas State on December 28 at Reliant Stadium. "We’re ecstatic about having Rutgers," Texas Bowl director David Brady said. "This is a top-15 team that was three yards away from a BCS game. We couldn’t be happier to have them here."[4]

On May 17, 2007, Conference USA announced that it would have a team in the 2007 Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl has a rotating commitment with the Big East Conference and Conference USA for 2006–09 while the Big 12 Conference will have a team in all four of those games. In 2007, TCU took the place of the Big 12 team when Kansas and Oklahoma were put into the BCS, and Houston, a "home team," represented C-USA. The conferences would receive $612,500 each as per the rules of the agreements as usually, the Big East (or Big 12) would have received $750,000 for playing and C-USA would have received a $500,000 stipend for their team playing.

2009 will mark the tenth straight year that a bowl game has been played in Houston, and the 39th year overall with such a game there (the Bluebonnet Bowl lasted 29 years). It was also announced on December 30, 2009, that ESPN Plus would take over as part owner and operator of the game, while Lone Star Sports and Entertainment will maintain a stake in the bowl, and would be carried on ESPN.

2007 game notes

  • TCU beat Houston 20–13.
  • It was TCU's third bowl victory in as many years, the first time since 1936–39 the Horned Frogs have achieved the feat. They started their bowl winning streak with a win over Iowa State in this bowl in 2005 when it was known as the Houston Bowl.
  • The Cougars had an interim head coach for this game, Chris Thurmond, as Art Briles has accepted the head coaching job at Baylor.[5]
  • Fort Worth-based retailer Radio Shack was the presenting sponsor of the Texas Bowl telecast on NFL Network.

2006 game notes

  • On December 19, it was confirmed that Time Warner Cable will carry the NFL Network free for at least the duration of the game.[6] On December 22, Cablevision agreed to carry the game.[7] Neither cable company normally carries NFL Network. The announcements allayed fears that Rutgers fans living in New York and New Jersey would not be able to watch the game.
  • New Jersey native Spero Dedes handled the play-by-play for the game on the NFL Network. However, his geographic knowledge of his home state was called into question, when he identified Rutgers being in "South Jersey" at least four times during the broadcast. He also referred to the main campus' location as "South Brunswick" instead of "New Brunswick". Although the Rutgers University system has a small South Jersey campus in Camden, it is a separate school and not associated with the main school's athletic program. (An equivalent would be comparing Penn State with Penn State Beaver.) The home stadium and the Scarlet Knights are headquartered on the flagship New Brunswick-Piscataway campus, which is in central New Jersey. Other gaffes included calling running back Ray Rice as "Way Wice" and tight end Clark Harris "Cliff" Harris (Harris was a safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s).[8]
  • The telecast had other missteps: the "1st & Ten" electronic yardage system malfunctioned several times and Marshall Faulk, who was scheduled to be the sideline reporter, did not show up; therefore, the game had no reports from field level, unlike most other college football telecasts.

Game results

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance TV notes
December 28, 2006 Rutgers 37 Kansas State 10 52,210 NFL Network notes
December 28, 2007 TCU 20 Houston 13 62,097 NFL Network notes
December 30, 2008 Rice 38 Western Michigan 14 58,880 NFL Network notes
December 31, 2009 Navy 35 Missouri 13 57,298 ESPN notes


Year MVP Team Position
2006 Ray Rice Rutgers Halfback
2007 Andy Dalton TCU Quarterback
2008 Chase Clement Rice Quarterback
2009 Ricky Dobbs Navy Quarterback

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Navy 1 1–0
T1 Rice 1 1–0
T1 Rutgers 1 1–0
T1 TCU 1 1–0
T1 Houston 1 0–1
T1 Kansas State 1 0–1
T1 Missouri 1 0–1
T1 Western Michigan 1 0–1

See also

List of college bowl games


External links



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