Past Events

College Football

January 1, 1970

Texas Bowl

A celebration of the culture, heritage and football tradition of the Lone Star State.

The Texas Bowl is a proprietary event for LSSE and in only its 3rd year has helped put the city of Houston back on the map in the collegiate bowl community.

LSSE has hosted record-breaking bowl crowds in Reliant Stadium which has helped generate over $50mm in economic impact for the community.

The Texas Bowl has also donated $120,000 in its first two years to DePelchin Children’s Center, the national charity partner of the bowl, and will donate additional funds at the annual luncheon in February 2009.

TEXAS BOWL MATCHUPS

In 2006, the Cinderella story of college football, Rutgers University won the first ever Texas Bowl trophy as they defeated Kansas State 37-10. Led by 2006 Home Depot Coach of the Year, Greg Schiano, and RB Ray Rice, Inaugural Texas Bowl MVP drafted in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2008, the Scarlet Knights had an amazing turnaround year and were just three yards shy of a BCS game.

In 2007, the TCU Horned Frogs beat the University of Houston Cougars 20-13 in an exciting Texas matchup. The Horned Frogs returned nine starters from their 2006 defense which ended the season ranked 2nd nationally and featured QB Andy Dalton, 2007 Texas Bowl MVP. Standout RB Anthony Alridge of the Cougars led the team to their fourth bowl in five season and went on to play for the NFL Denver Broncos.

In 2008, the Western Michigan Broncos (9-3) fell to the Rice Owls (9-3) 38-14 in the 3rd annual Texas Bowl, predicted to be one of the top five non-BCS bowl games of year. The victory was the first bowl win for the Owls since 1954 and was their second bowl game since 1961. This was the third bowl trip for the Broncos since 1961.

Go to texasbowl.org for more information.

NOTABLE

  • Record-breaking collegiate bowl crowds at Reliant Stadium
  • Largest collegiate bowl crowds in Houston’s history only behind the 1960 and 1966 Bluebonnet Bowls featuring the University of Texas
  • 20,000 local tickets were sold before the teams were announced in 2007, 6x more tickets than any other bowl game hosted at Reliant Stadium
  • Over 25,000 local tickets were sold before the teams were announced in 2008, 7.5x more tickets than any other bowl game hosted at Reliant Stadium

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