The Hogs and Longhorns will continue their long rivalry in the Texas Bowl.
Teams Accept Bids To First Big 12/SEC Showdown
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Texas and Arkansas Accept Bids to Play in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
HOUSTON -- The University of Texas and the University of Arkansas have accepted bids to play in the 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, the bowl organizing committee announced today. The Longhorns will represent the Big 12 Conference, while the Razorbacks will represent the SEC Conference. The 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. CST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks to the 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl for our first-ever Big 12 vs. SEC game," said Texas Bowl president Jamey Rootes. "This is a tremendous matchup between two storied programs with large and loyal fan bases. Our community is looking forward to hosting the teams and their fans for a festive bowl week of activities across Houston and the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl game on Monday, December 29 at NRG Stadium."
Texas and Arkansas have met a total of 77 times with the most recent game being in September 2008, a 52-10 victory for Texas. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 56-21 and have now won the last two matchups (2004, 2008). Old Southwest Conference rivals, Texas and Arkansas met for the first time in 1894 with the Longhorns winning 54-0.
Ticket prices range from $35-200 and may be purchased online at http://advocaretexasbowl.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at 832-667-2390 or in person at the NRG Stadium box office inside Budweiser Plaza. The Bowl has already sold more than 60,000 tickets through renewals, Bowl Backer packages, pre-sales and team allotments. For information on luxury suites call 832-667-2160.
The Longhorns finished the regular season with a 6-6 record (5-4 in the Big 12) and qualified for a bowl game in the first season under head coach Charlie Strong. The team finished 8-5 in 2013, which was Mack Brown's final season as head coach, and Strong joined the program on January 5, 2014.
Texas started the 2014 season off slowly and were just 2-4 after their first six games. However, the Longhorns won three straight games to become bowl eligible before losing to TCU in their final regular season game on Thanksgiving. Defensively, the Longhorns are only giving up 23.3 points per game, which is 32nd in the NCAA.
Currently, Texas ranks second in college football history in bowl appearances with 52 (27-23-2) and holds a 189--93--10 all-time record against the SEC. This season, the Longhorns have been led by their dominant running game. Senior running back Malcom Brown has rushed for 683 yards and six touchdowns while junior Johnathan Gray has run for 627 yards and seven touchdowns.
This will also be Arkansas' first trip to the Texas Bowl, which was founded in 2006. The Razorbacks finished the regular season with a 6-6 record (2-6 in the SEC) and qualified for their first bowl game under second-year head coach Brett Bielema, who was just 3-9 (0-8 in the SEC) in 2013. The Razorbacks, like Texas, were a terrific defensive team this season. While playing in the loaded SEC West, Arkansas managed to only give up 20.3 points per game, which is 16th best in the country, and the team played eight Top 25 teams (2-6), including four in a row to end the season.
The Razorbacks running game ranks 29th in the country at 220.3 yards per game. Junior Jonathan Williams has carried the ball 188 times for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns while sophomore Alex Collins has 1,024 yards and 12 touchdowns on 187 attempts. The Razorbacks are also led by junior quarterback Brandon Allen, who has 2,125 passing yards this season to go along with 18 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
This will be the Razorbacks' 40th bowl appearance in school history, which is the 14th most in college football history, and they are 13-23-3 in their previous 39 appearances. The school currently holds a 5-3 record vs. the Big 12 in bowls, including a victory over Texas in the 1999 Cotton Bowl.
About the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country's premier conferences, for the next six years.
The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first eight years. The bowl has generated an average of $30 million per year for the Houston economy and has donated over $700,000 and over $13 million in promotional support and publicity to DePelchin Children's Center, the bowl's official charitable beneficiary.