|Conference tie-ins||Big 12, SEC|
|Previous conference tie-ins|
|Payout||US$6.4 million (2019)|
|Preceded by||Houston Bowl|
|Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M|
(Texas A&M 24–21)
|Teams TBA (December 31, 2020)|
The Texas Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game first held in 2006 in Houston, Texas. The bowl replaced the defunct Houston Bowl, which played annually from 2000 to 2005, and before that the Bluebonnet Bowl, the first bowl game in Houston, played from 1959 through 1987.
From 2017-2017, the game had been sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors and officially known as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. The game was previous the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl from 2014 to 2016, with AdvoCare as the title sponsor. From 2011 to 2012, the game was sponsored by Meineke Car Care and officially known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
Replacing the Houston Bowl
Speculation surfaced questioning the long-term survival of the former Houston Bowl. The three-year contract with EV1.net expired on December 31, 2005, leaving the bowl game without a title sponsor. A college football official told the Houston Chronicle that the bowl was in danger of ceasing operations, as a result of the game losing its title sponsor and because the Houston Bowl still owed roughly $600,000 to the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences following the 2005 game. However, the NCAA approved Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, a division of the Houston Texans, who also play in Reliant Stadium, to take over game management. In July 2006, the NFL Network acquired TV rights and naming rights to the bowl.
Texas Bowl introduction
The Texas Bowl name and logo were officially unveiled on August 10, 2006, at a press conference along with conference affiliations for the bowl spots. The Big 12, Big East and Conference USA will be affiliated with the game, as well as Texas Christian University of the Mountain West. The 2006 matchup featured teams from the Big 12 and Big East Conferences.
On December 3, 2006, Rutgers accepted an invitation to play Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl. "We're ecstatic about having Rutgers," Texas Bowl director David Brady said. "This is a top-15 team that was three yards away from a BCS game. We couldn't be happier to have them here."
2010 marked the eleventh consecutive year a bowl game has played in Houston, and the 40th year overall with a bowl game there (the Bluebonnet Bowl lasted 29 years). It was also announced on December 30, 2009, that ESPN Events would take over as part owner and operator of the game, while Lone Star Sports and Entertainment will maintain a stake in the bowl, and would be carried on ESPN.
On May 17, 2007, it was announced Conference USA would have a team in the 2007 Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl has a rotating commitment with the Big East Conference and Conference USA for 2006–09 while the Big 12 Conference will have a team in all four of those games. In 2007, TCU took the place of the Big 12 team when Kansas and Oklahoma were put into the BCS, and Houston, a "home team," represented C-USA. The conferences would receive $612,500 each as per the rules of the agreements as usually, the Big East (or Big 12) would have received $750,000 for playing and C-USA would have received a $500,000 stipend for their team playing.
According to Sports Illustrated, in 2008 the bowl required Western Michigan University to purchase 11,000 tickets at full price in order to accept the invitation to play in the bowl. The university was only able to sell 548 tickets at that price, forcing it to accept a $462,535 loss, before travel expenses, to pay for the privilege of playing in the bowl.
Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.
|Date||Time (CST)||Bowl name||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.||TV|
|December 28, 2006||7:00 PM||Texas Bowl||No. 16 Rutgers||37||Kansas State||10||52,210||NFL|
|December 28, 2007||7:00 PM||Texas Bowl||TCU||20||Houston||13||62,097|
|December 30, 2008||7:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Rice||38||Western Michigan||14||58,880|
|December 31, 2009||2:30 PM||Texas Bowl||Navy||35||Missouri||13||69,441||ESPN|
|December 29, 2010||5:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Illinois||38||Baylor||14||68,211|
|December 31, 2011||11:00 AM||Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas||Texas A&M||33||Northwestern||22||68,395|
|December 28, 2012||8:00 PM||Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas||Texas Tech||34||Minnesota||31||50,386|
|December 27, 2013||5:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Syracuse||21||Minnesota||17||32,327|
|December 29, 2014||8:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Arkansas||31||Texas||7||71,115|
|December 29, 2015||8:00 PM||Texas Bowl||No. 22 LSU||56||Texas Tech||27||71,307|
|December 28, 2016||8:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Kansas State||33||Texas A&M||28||68,412|
|December 27, 2017||8:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Texas||33||Missouri||16||67,820|
|December 27, 2018||8:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Baylor||45||Vanderbilt||38||51,104|
|December 27, 2019||5:45 PM||Texas Bowl||Texas A&M||24||No. 25 Oklahoma State||21||68,415|
|2011||Ryan Tannehill||Texas A&M||QB|
|2012||Seth Doege||Texas Tech||QB|
|2016||Jesse Ertz||Kansas State||QB|
|2019||Kellen Mond||Texas A&M||QB|
Updated through the December 2019 edition (14 games, 28 total appearances).
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conference
Updated through the December 2019 edition (14 games, 28 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|Big 12||11||5||6||.455||2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018||2006, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2019|
|SEC||6||3||3||.500||2014, 2015, 2019||2016, 2017, 2018|
|Big Ten||4||1||3||.250||2010||2011, 2012, 2013|
- Rutgers appeared in 2006 as a member of the Big East; the American Athletic Conference (The American) retains the conference charter following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines.
- Independent appearances: Navy (2009)
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||56, LSU vs. Texas Tech||2015|
|Most points scored (losing team)||38, Vanderbilt vs. Baylor||2018|
|Most points scored (both teams)||83, shared by:
LSU (56) vs. Texas Tech (27)
Baylor (45) vs. Vanderbilt (38)
|Fewest points allowed||7, Arkansas vs. Texas||2014|
|Largest margin of victory||29, LSU vs. Texas Tech||2015|
|Total yards||668, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt||2018|
|Rushing yards||385, Navy vs. Missouri||2009|
|Passing yards||384, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt||2018|
|First downs||30, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt||2018|
|Fewest yards allowed||59, Arkansas vs. Texas||2014|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||2, Arkansas vs. Texas||2014|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||57, Arkansas vs. Texas||2014|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Rushing yards||243, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt vs. Baylor||2018|
|Rushing touchdowns||4, Leonard Fournette, LSU vs. Texas Tech||2015|
|Passing yards||384, Charlie Brewer, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt||2018|
|Passing touchdowns||4, Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech vs. LSU||2015|
|Receiving yards||154, Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M vs. Kansas State||2016|
|Receiving touchdowns||3, Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech vs. LSU||2015|
|Interceptions||2, Michael Carter, Minnesota vs. Texas Tech||2012|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||79, D. J. Chark, LSU vs. Texas Tech||2015|
|Touchdown pass||79, shared by:
Byron Pringle from Jesse Ertz, Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Johnathon Johnson from Drew Lock, Missouri vs. Texas
|Kickoff return||99, Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech vs. Minnesota||2012|
|Punt return||76, Yamon Figurs, Kansas State vs. Rutgers||2006|
|Interception return||61, Wyatt Middleton, Navy vs. Missouri||2009|
|Punt||65, Chase Turner, Houston vs. TCU||2007|
|Field goal||47, Randy Bullock, Texas A&M vs. Northwestern||2011|
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