Red Raiders Preparing For Cotton Bowl Matchup Against Ole Miss

Graham Harrell
Graham Harrell

Cotton Bowl Notes

  • The game will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Texas Tech and the University of Mississippi and the first since the 2003 season. The all-time series is tied at 2-2. The Cotton Bowl will mark the third time that the two schools have met up in a bowl game as they have met twice previously in the 1998 and 1986 Independence Bowls. The Red Raiders currently own a two-game win streak over the Rebels as Tech won both meetings of a home-and-home series back in 2002 and 2003.
  • This will mark the 32nd bowl appearance for Texas Tech and the Red Raiders are currently tied 17th nationally with the University of Mississippi and the University of Miami.
  • Texas Tech has been bowl eligible for a Big 12 record 15-straight seasons. The Red Raiders are 10-20-1 all-time in bowl games and is on a two-game bowl win streak.
  • This will mark Tech's fourth appearance in the Cotton Bowl but the Red Raiders are still in search of their first ever Cotton Bowl Championship. Previous appearances came in 2005 (vs. Alabama), 1995 (vs. USC) and 1938 (vs. St. Mary's).
  • Texas Tech will be in search of its 12th win of the season which would be a new school record. Tech set a regular-season win record two weeks ago against Baylor as the Red Raiders picked up their 11th of the year.
  • Tech's Cotton Bowl roster will consist of 19 players from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • This will be the first on the field meeting between Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead. Harrell graduated from Ennis High School in Ennis while Snead is a product of Stephenville High School in Stephenville.
  • The South Plains of Texas is the leading producer of cotton in the world. Lubbock County alone produces between two and three million bales each year.

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 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.

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 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 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.


  • Give Texas Tech its first 12-win season in school history.
  • Give Texas Tech its first Cotton Bowl win in four tries.
  • Give Texas Tech back-to-back bowl wins over ranked opponents (Virginia was No. 20 last season).
  • Give Texas Tech four wins over ranked teams this season.

Source: AP

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