TaxAct Texas Bowl
TaxAct Texas Bowl
Texas Bowl.jpg
StadiumNRG Stadium
LocationHouston, Texas
Operated2006–present
Conference tie-insBig 12, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins
PayoutUS$6.4 million (2019)[1]
Preceded byHouston Bowl
Sponsors
Former names
  • Texas Bowl (2006–2010)
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (2011–2012)
  • Texas Bowl (2013)
  • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (2014–2016)
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (2017–2019)
  • Mercari Texas Bowl (2020, game canceled)
2019 matchup
Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
(Texas A&M 24–21)
2021 season matchup
Kansas State vs. LSU (Kansas State 42–20)

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is an annual postseason NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game first held in 2006 in Houston, Texas. Each edition of the bowl has been played at NRG Stadium, previously known as Reliant Stadium. The bowl replaced the defunct Houston Bowl, which was played annually from 2000 to 2005, and before that the Bluebonnet Bowl, the first bowl game in Houston, played from 1959 through 1987.

Beginning with the 2021 edition, the bowl is sponsored by TaxAct, a tax preparation software company, and is officially known as the TaxAct Texas Bowl.

History

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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."[5]

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.

Sponsors

On April 12, 2011, ESPN announced Meineke Car Care signed a three-year title sponsorship deal beginning in 2011, changing name of the bowl to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.[6]

On February 12, 2014, it was announced that AdvoCare will be the title sponsor for the bowl game.[7] That sponsorship concluded after the 2016 game.

On November 15, 2017, Academy Sports + Outdoors became the new title sponsor of the bowl.[8][9] That sponsorship concluded after the 2019 game.

On December 14, 2020, Mercari was announced as the new title sponsor of the game.[10] The 2020 game was later canceled due to COVID-19 issues.[11]

On November 24, 2021, TaxAct was named as the new title sponsor of both the Texas Bowl and the Camellia Bowl.[12]

Conference tie-ins

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.

Issues

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.[13]

The 2020 edition, slated for December 31 between TCU and Arkansas, was cancelled on December 29 due to COVID-19 issues within the TCU program.[11]

Game results

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Time (CST) Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attendance
December 28, 2006 7:00 PM Texas Bowl No. 16 Rutgers 37 Kansas State 10 52,210
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
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
December 31, 2020 7:00 PM Texas Bowl Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[14]
January 4, 2022 8:00 PM Texas Bowl Kansas State 42 LSU 20 52,207

Source:[15]

MVPs

2009 MVP Ricky Dobbs
2009 MVP Ricky Dobbs
Year MVP Team Position
2006 Ray Rice Rutgers RB
2007 Andy Dalton TCU QB
2008 Chase Clement Rice QB
2009 Ricky Dobbs Navy QB
2010 Mikel Leshoure Illinois RB
2011 Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M QB
2012 Seth Doege Texas Tech QB
2013 Terrel Hunt Syracuse QB
2014 Brandon Allen Arkansas QB
2015 Leonard Fournette LSU RB
2016 Jesse Ertz Kansas State QB
2017 Michael Dickson Texas P
2018 Charlie Brewer Baylor QB
2019 Kellen Mond Texas A&M QB
2022 Skylar Thompson[16] Kansas State QB

Most appearances

Head coach Jerry Kill led Minnesota to Texas Bowl appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Head coach Jerry Kill led Minnesota to Texas Bowl appearances in 2012 and 2013.

Updated through the January 2022 edition (15 games, 30 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Texas A&M 3 2–1
Kansas State 3 2–1
3 LSU 2 1–1
Baylor 2 1–1
Texas 2 1–1
Texas Tech 2 1–1
Minnesota 2 0–2
Missouri 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won (7): Arkansas, Illinois, Navy, Rice, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU
Lost (5): Houston, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt

Appearances by conference

Updated through the January 2022 edition (15 games, 30 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Big 12 12 6 6 .500 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021* 2006, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2019
SEC 7 3 4 .429 2014, 2015, 2019 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021*
Big Ten 4 1 3 .250 2010 2011, 2012, 2013
C-USA 2 1 1 .500 2008 2007
ACC 1 1 0 1.000 2013  
Big East 1 1 0 1.000 2006  
Independents 1 1 0 1.000 2009  
Mountain West 1 1 0 1.000 2007  
MAC 1 0 1 .000   2008

dagger January 2022 participant

Game records

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)
 
2015
2018
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
All-purpose yards 256, Leonard Fournette (LSU) 2015
Touchdowns (all-purpose) 5, Leonard Fournette (LSU) 2015
Rushing yards 243, Ke'Shawn Vaughn (Vanderbilt) 2018
Rushing touchdowns 4, Leonard Fournette (LSU) 2015
Passing yards 384, Charlie Brewer (Baylor) 2018
Passing touchdowns 4, Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) 2015
Receiving yards 154, Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M) 2016
Receiving touchdowns 3, Jakeem Grant (Texas Tech) 2015
Tackles 17, Micah Awe (Texas Tech) 2015
Sacks 2.5, shared by:
Justin Braska (Western Michigan)
Kendall Beckwith (LSU)

2008
2015
Interceptions 2, Michael Carter (Minnesota) 2012
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 79 yds., D. J. Chark (LSU) 2015
Touchdown pass 81 yds., Chris Hilton Jr. pass from Jontre Kirklin (LSU) 2022
Kickoff return 99 yds., Jakeem Grant (Texas Tech) 2012
Punt return 76 yds., Yamon Figurs (Kansas State) 2006
Interception return 62 yds., Wyatt Middleton (Navy) 2009
Fumble return 46 yds., Travon Bellamy (Illinois) 2010
Punt 65 yds., Chase Turner (Houston) 2007
Field goal 47 yds., Randy Bullock (Texas A&M) 2011

Media coverage

Main article: List of Texas Bowl broadcasters

The first three editions of the bowl were televised by NFL Network. Since 2009, it has been carried by ESPN.

References

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  5. ^ Duarte, Joseph (3 December 2006). "Rutgers to play in inaugural Texas Bowl". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (12 April 2011). "Texas Bowl gains new title sponsor". ESPN.com.
  7. ^ Cook, Kara (11 February 2014). "Advocare, LSSE excited for Texas Bowl partnership". houstontexans.com.
  8. ^ "ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS NAMED THE NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF THE TEXAS BOWL". academytexasbowl.com (Press release). November 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Texas Bowl Hopes New Title Sponsor Deal With Locally-Based Academy Sports Brings Stability". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mercari Named New Title Sponsor of Texas Bowl". ESPN Events. 14 December 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Fornelli, Tom; Kercheval, Ben (December 29, 2020). "2020 Texas Bowl canceled as COVID-19 outbreak at TCU forces it to pull out vs. Arkansas". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "TaxAct® Named Title Sponsor of Texas and Camellia Bowl Games as Part of a Multi-Event College Football Agreement with ESPN Events". bowlseason.com. November 24, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  13. ^ Murphy, Austin; Wetzel, Dan (15 November 2010). "Does It Matter?". Sports Illustrated. p. 47.
  14. ^ Khan Jr., Sam (December 29, 2020). "Texas Bowl between TCU Horned Frogs, Arkansas Razorbacks canceled". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
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  16. ^ @arnegreen (January 4, 2022). "Your Texas Bowl MVP Skylar Thompson" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2022 – via Twitter.