LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech formally accepted its 40th bowl invitation in school history Sunday as the Red Raiders will face Ole Miss in the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Dec. 28 from NRG Stadium in Houston. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. with television coverage provided nationally on ESPN.
“Texas Tech is honored to accept an invitation to play in the TaxAct Texas Bowl,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “We cannot wait to showcase our football program in one of the largest alumni bases of Red Raiders in the state of Texas. We look forward to painting the city of Houston and NRG Stadium scarlet and black for an exciting matchup with Ole Miss.”
Texas Tech will return to the Texas Bowl for the fifth time in program history, which ranks second all-time in program history for bowl destinations. It will be Texas Tech’s first trip to the Texas Bowl since 2015 as the Red Raiders are 2-2 all-time in the bowl with wins over Navy in 2003 and Minnesota in 2012.
“On behalf of our entire program, we are excited for the opportunity to play in one of the premier bowl games this state has to offer in the TaxAct Texas Bowl,” head coach Joey McGuire said. “Wherever the Red Raiders go, so does the most passionate fan base in all of college football. We can’t wait to see a sea of Red Raiders take over NRG Stadium as we face a talented Ole Miss team.”
The bowl will be a rematch of the 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium where Ole Miss opened the season with a 47-27 victory over the Red Raiders. This will be the seventh all-time meeting between Texas Tech and the Rebels and the fourth in a bowl game as the two schools also faced each other at the Cotton Bowl in 2008 and two Independence Bowls in 1998 and 1986.
“We are excited to announce the 2022 TaxAct Texas Bowl between the Ole Miss Rebels and Texas Tech Red Raiders, two great institutions from the SEC and Big 12, respectively,” said TaxAct Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher. “The Bowl is one of the largest annual events in our community and we’re thrilled to welcome Ole Miss and Texas Tech back to Houston. We look forward to hosting these teams and their fan bases for a festive bowl week of Texas-themed events that will culminate in a primetime showdown at NRG Stadium on Dec. 28.”
Release provided by Matt Dowdy Texas Tech Athletics