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Texas Tech Accepts Invitation To The 73rd Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech is headed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Texas Tech is headed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
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Dec. 7, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University proudly accepted an invitation to the 73rd annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and will face the University of Mississippi Rebels on Jan. 2 in front of a national television audience at 1 p.m. (CT) on Fox.

"On behalf of Chancellor Hance, President Bailey and the board of regents, we appreciate the Cotton Bowl staff and board of directors for extending Texas Tech an invitation to play in this most prestigious bowl game," said Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers. "We look forward to spending a week with the staff and team from the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss has had a great season with a lot of big wins in the Southeastern Conference. Traditionally, the Cotton Bowl has been one of the great bowl games on New Year's Day and our team is excited to be a part of this year's game."

A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the general public tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will be available exclusively through texastech.com. Tickets that remain after tonight's online sales can be purchased either online or at the athletics ticket office on Monday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. All tickets are $100 each.

Red Raider fans who preordered bowl tickets will receive the tickets they requested through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office. Parking passes for all fans will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight on texastech.com.

Texas Tech students will have the opportunity to purchase tickets if they are members of the Student Red Raider Club on Wed., Dec. 10 and must do so in person at the athletics ticket office at Jones AT&T Stadium. General student (non Student Red Raider Club members) tickets will go on sale on Thurs., Dec. 11 under the same guidelines.

The Red Raider Club will not have a travel package to 73rd annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Hotel information will be finalized and made available through texastech.com and texastechalumni.org late Monday.

"With Dallas being in such close proximity and with lots of our fans having family or friends in the area fans will have a variety of travel schedules making the travel package unnecessary," said Assistant Athletics Director, Amy McBride. "We will have room blocks at several hotels at a variety of price ranges to help accommodate our donors."

 

 

Texas Tech's selection to the Cotton Bowl marks the program's third New Year's game in the last four years and the first trip to Dallas since 2005 when the Red Raiders took on Alabama. The Red Raiders have now made nine consecutive bowl games under head coach Mike Leach and are the only program in the Big 12 to be bowl eligible every season since the league began play back in 1996.

"We are honored to be able to play in what I feel is the one of the most important bowl games of the year," said Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach. "When you look at all the great tradition and college football history that is tied to the Cotton Bowl, you can't help but be excited to be a part of that. Our team has worked hard to be in this position and I am grateful to the Cotton Bowl for rewarding their efforts."

The Cotton Bowl appearance will be the fourth for the Red Raiders but this year's game will also carry another big story line as it will be the final Cotton Bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The game will move to the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington next season. Kickoff time has also changed for this year's game as the two teams will get underway at 1 p.m. instead of the traditional 10 a.m. time slot in the past.

Cotton Bowl Notes:

  • The game will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Texas Tech and the University of Mississippi and the first since the 2003 season. The all-time series is tied at 2-2. The Cotton Bowl will mark the third time that the two schools have met up in a bowl game as they have met twice previously in the 1998 and 1986 Independence Bowls. The Red Raiders currently own a two-game win streak over the Rebels as Tech won both meetings of a home-and-home series back in 2002 and 2003.
  • This will mark the 32nd bowl appearance for Texas Tech and the Red Raiders are currently tied 17th nationally with the University of Mississippi and the University of Miami.
  • Texas Tech has been bowl eligible for a Big 12 record 15-straight seasons. The Red Raiders are 10-20-1 all-time in bowl games and is on a two-game bowl win streak.
  • This will mark Tech's fourth appearance in the Cotton Bowl but the Red Raiders are still in search of their first ever Cotton Bowl Championship. Previous appearances came in 2005 (vs. Alabama), 1995 (vs. USC) and 1938 (vs. St. Mary's).
  • Texas Tech will be in search of its 12th win of the season which would be a new school record. Tech set a regular-season win record two weeks ago against Baylor as the Red Raiders picked up their 11th of the year.
  • Tech's Cotton Bowl roster will consist of 19 players from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • This will be the first on the field meeting between Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead. Harrell graduated from Ennis High School in Ennis while Snead is a product of Stephenville High School in Stephenville.
  • The South Plains of Texas is the leading producer of cotton in the world. Lubbock County alone produces between two and three million bales each year.

    Quotes
    Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach

    "We are honored to be able to play in what I feel is the one of the most important bowl games of the year," said Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach. "When you look at all the great tradition and college football history that is tied to the Cotton Bowl, you can't help but be excited to be a part of that. Our team has worked hard to be in this position and I am grateful to the Cotton Bowl for rewarding their efforts."

    Senior Quarterback Graham Harrell
    "The Cotton Bowl is going to be a great way to end my playing career at Texas Tech. The chance to go back home and play in front of my family and friends from Ennis is going to be very special. We thought all along that our team could do some special things this year and getting the invitation to the Cotton Bowl is something we are all proud of. Ole Miss is a great team and we are really going to have to focus and prepare for them just like we have done all season long."

    Senior safety Daniel Charbonnet
    "We are excited to be a part of one of the most prestigious and traditional college football bowl games in history. We look forward to playing a team from the SEC and that is probably the best part of the bowl season. You get to move out of conference and play someone new. I have really been impressed by Ole Miss all season and look forward to the challenge."

    Sophomore running back Baron Batch
    "Ole Miss is a very solid football team and they are very well coached. It should be a lot of fun to play against them in such a prestigious bowl game as the Cotton Bowl. We have been able to do a lot of things that no other Tech team has been able to do and to be the first to win a Cotton Bowl would be really special."

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