Texas Tech Accepts Invitation To The 73rd Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic|
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:
Senior Quarterback Graham Harrell
Senior safety Daniel Charbonnet
Sophomore running back Baron Batch