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Dec. 8, 1996

Texas Tech Accepts Bid To The Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa Hawkeyes officially accepted invitations to square off against each other in the Fourth Annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl, the San Antonio Bowl Association announced Sunday night.

The 1996 Builders Square Alamo Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, December 29, at 7 p.m. CST in San Antonio's 65,000-seat Alamo Dome.

Texas Tech's Red Raiders are ranked 27th in the final USA Today/CNN Coaches' Poll and 30th the Associated Press Poll. They finished the 1996 campaign with a 7-4 record, 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference and was second in the South Division of the league behind champion Texas.

Iowa finished the season with an 8-3 record and ranked 21st in both the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches' Polls. It finished third in the Big Ten and was one of only two teams to defeat Penn State this season.

"We are excited about this matchup. We've got two of the most quotable head coaches in college football, not to mention a legend in Hayden Fry," said Frank G. Felicella, President and CEO of Builders Square. "We couldn't be happier with the teams we have."

Their bowl appearance in the 1996 Builders Square Alamo Bowl will mark the fourth consecutive bowl game for Texas Tech, a school record. Running back Byron Hanspard is the Doak walker Award winner for 1996, which recognizes the best running back in the nation.

Hanspard finished with 2,084 yards this season on the ground with a 189.5 per game average, second in the nation behind Iowa State's Troy Davis. he is just the sixth back in history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single season.

Iowa's Sedrick Shaw, a native of Austin, is the sixth back in Big Ten history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. he leads a contingent of 17 Texans on the Hawkeye roster back to their home state for the 1996 Builders Square Alamo Bowl.

This year's contest will mark Iowa's second appearance in the Builders Square Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes were defeated 37-3 in the 1993 inaugural game by the University of California Golden Bears. Their return to San Antonio is the first for a previous competitor in the bowl.

Texas Tech played the University of Houston in the Alamo Dome during the 1993 and 1994 seasons, winning both games. It outscored the Cougars by a combined score of 92-7, with a scoring average of 46 points a game in the Alamo Dome.

This is the sixth bowl game for Dykes and the 16th for Fry. Fry is one of just 14 coaches in Division IA with more than 200 career victories and ranks fifth among active head coaches with a 221-165-10 record.

Dykes said, "We're tickled to death. This is what all our people wanted. The other deal (Aloha Bowl) sounded great, but we're going to the place we wanted to go all along. So many of our fans were fearful we were going to Hawaii and they wouldn't be able to go with us. Now, they can all just load up and go to San Antonio.

Fry added,"We're looking forward to coming back to San Antonio. We had a big-sized goose egg the last time we were there. We're looking forward to a better showing this time. Texas Tech will be a great opponent. Spike Dykes and his staff do a great job."

Tickets to the Builders Square Alamo Bowl will go on sale Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. CST through the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806/742-4412 or 1-888-Go-Big12.

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