Texas Tech Accepts Meineke Car Care Bowl Invitation|
Dec. 2, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University has formally accepted its 35th bowl invitation in school history and will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28, at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Tickets for Texas Tech's third appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl can be purchased immediately at www.texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-8324 (M-F; 8:30-5:30 p.m. CT). Texas Tech has received an allotment of 12,000 tickets for the game and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through Tech so that the university receives credit toward this allotment.
"This is an exciting day for Texas Tech University, our football program and Red Raider fans," Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics said. "The Meineke Car Care Bowl is an outstanding game and we are thrilled at the opportunity to play in our home state of Texas against a quality opponent like Minnesota."
Texas Tech will be making its 35th bowl appearance in school history, a number that ranks 17th nationally, and its third in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Texas Tech played in the inaugural game in 2000 (then named the galleryfurniture.com Bowl) at the Astrodome and again in 2003 (then named the EV1.net Houston Bowl) at Reliant Stadium. Texas Tech's last appearance resulted in a 38-14 win over Navy on Dec. 30, 2003.
"We are excited to accept an invitation to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl," Texas Tech Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville remarked. "The opportunity to play another game in Texas is huge for our team, our fans and for recruiting. Minnesota is a talented football team and we will have our hands full the next couple of weeks in our preparations."
Texas Tech enters the game with a 7-5 overall record while Minnesota stands at 6-6.
Game day festivities will commence at 4 p.m. with the TexFest Pregame Festival on the Bud Plaza outside Reliant Stadium. Kickoff for the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl is set for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.