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2008 Texas Bowl

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The Texas Bowl is played every December at Reliant Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, and has partnerships with the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA. The Texas Bowl drew over 50,000 fans in it’s inaugural game in 2006.

The TCU Horned Frogs edged the Houston Cougars 20-13 to win the 2007 Texas Bowl, holding off a furious Houston rally in the closing minutes.  

The names Western Michigan Broncos and the Rice Owls don’t instill fear or conjure images of winning football. But both are 9-3 and both will be looking for bowl validation of their excellent 2008 seasons when they take the field on December 30 for the Texas Bowl.

The Owls have a 9-3 record this season, including a 7-1 mark in Conference USA action. This is Rice’s second bowl appearance in the last three seasons. Rice’s nine wins are the school’s most since 1953 and the most in regular-season play since 1949.

The Broncos will bring a 9-3 record into the game, their fourth bowl game ever and the second under head coach Bill Cubit. Western Michigan finished second behind Ball State in the Mid-American Conference’s tough Western Division.

The inaugural Texas Bowl was played on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Reliant Stadium. Rutgers defeated Kansas State 37-10 before a crowd of 52,210, the largest crowd to witness a bowl game in Houston not involving a Texas team since 1972.

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. Conference USA
Houston
Reliant Stadium
ESPN 8:00 p.m.
Western Michigan vs. Rice
http://www.texasbowl.org/

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