Cotton Bowl Notes
GOING BOWLING, AGAIN
For the ninth-straight season, Texas Tech fans will be spending part of their holidays at a bowl game. The win over Texas A&M made the Red Raiders bowl eligible and Tech finished the regular season with an 11-1 overall record. Texas Tech is the only program of the current Big 12 member institutions to be eligible for the postseason every year of the league's existence and the only program with an overall winning record each season since 1996.
TEXAS TECH AND THE SEC IN BOWL SEASON
Texas Tech has faced Southeastern Conference members seven times during the bowl season, dating back to the Red Raiders' 35-13 win over Auburn in the 1954 Gator Bowl. Both Red Raider wins against the SEC in the postseason have come at the Gator Bowl. In addition to Tech's win against Auburn, the Red Raiders also knocked off Tennessee, 28-19, in the 1973 game. The last time Tech faced a member of the SEC was in the 2005 Cotton Bowl in a 13-10 loss to Alabama. The Red Raiders and Mississippi have a history in bowl games as both met in the 1986 and 1998 Independence Bowls, both Ole Miss wins. Tech's other appearances against the SEC include the 1964 Sun Bowl against Georgia and the 1974 Peach Bowl against Vanderbilt.
TEXAS TECH AND MISSISSIPPI
The Red Raiders and the Rebels meet for the fifth time in the series, including the third time in a bowl game. The first two meetings between the two schools came in the 1986 and 1998 Independence Bowls in Shreveport, La. The series extended to Lubbock in 2002, where Texas Tech picked up a 42-28 victory, and back to Oxford in 2003 as Tech won 49-45. The Red Raiders are 2-2 all-time against Ole Miss with both Tech wins coming in a home-and-home series.
TEXAS TECH IN JANUARY BOWL GAMES
Texas Tech is 3-7 all-time in January bowl games with its last win coming at last year's Gator Bowl - a 31-28 win over Virginia. The most recent games played in January include the 1995 and 2006 Cotton bowls and 2008 Gator. In its first four bowl games, beginning at the conclusion of the 1937 season, Tech appeared in four-straight January bowl games - three Sun and one Cotton.
TEXAS TECH MAKING FOURTH COTTON BOWL APPEARANCE
Texas Tech as played in three Cotton Bowls throughout its long postseason history, including two since 1995. This season marks the 70th anniversary of Texas Tech's first Cotton Bowl team as the 1938 Red Raiders appeared at the Dallas game in Tech's second bowl appearance in school history. The Red Raiders dropped a 20-13 decision to St. Mary's. The lone surviving member of that team, Lonnie "Primo" McCurry, will be in attendance at this year's game. Texas Tech other two Cotton Bowl showings came against USC in 1995 and Alabama in 2005.
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