Texas Tech Headed To Dallas For Inaugural Ticket City Bowl
Dec. 5, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University officials have proudly accepted an invitation to the inaugural Ticket City Bowl that will pit the Red Raiders against the Northwestern Wildcats, of the Big Ten Conference, at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Sat., Jan. 1, 2011.
Texas Tech is making its 11th straight bowl appearance in what is its 18th consecutive year of bowl eligibility. Only six other schools have longer active bowl streaks than Texas Tech and just three schools (Florida State, Florida and Ohio State) have been bowl eligible longer than Tech's current streak of 18 years.
"We are thrilled to be part of the inaugural Ticket City Bowl and are looking forward to a great match-up against Northwestern," said Texas Tech director of athletics Gerald Myers. "Cotton Bowl stadium on New Year's Day is enriched in college football history and we are excited to be a part of this new bowl game in the city of Dallas. Dallas is home to many Red Raider fans and alumni and we are happy to play our final game of the season in the Ticket City Bowl."
The Red Raiders' opponent in the Ticket City Bowl will be the Northwestern Wildcat, who finished the season with a 7-5 overall record and are coached by Pat Fitzgerald (fifth season). The Wildcats ended Big Ten play with a 3-5 record, which included a 21-17 upset of No. 13 Iowa. Texas Tech and Northwestern will be meeting for the first time.
"I am so proud of this team and group of seniors for getting us to the postseason," said Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville. "When you come to play football at Texas Tech, you expect to go to a bowl game and we are thrilled to accept the invitation from Tom Starr and the Ticket City Bowl selection committee. Northwestern is a well coached football team and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Fitzgerald. We are honored to be part of this game and to be able to play in front of our great fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth area."
Texas Tech enters the bowl season as the reigning Alamo Bowl champions after defeating Michigan State 41-31 last season and the Ticket City Bowl will be the fourth consecutive January bowl game for the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders will be participating in a first-year bowl game for the first time since 2000 when Tech faced off against East Carolina in the then galleryfurniture.com Bowl (now named the Texas Bowl).
Texas Tech's allotment of 10,000 tickets will go on sale to the public beginning at 6 p.m. tonight (Sunday, Dec. 5) online at www.texastech.com. Fans will also be able to speak to an athletics ticket office representative beginning tonight at 6 p.m. by calling (888) GO-BIG12 or (806) 742-TECH. Tickets in the Texas Tech section are priced at $75 and fans are urged to purchase their tickets through the ticket office until the allotment has been sold.
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