Thanks to the last second touchdown against Boston College, the Syracuse football team will be spending some time in Texas – as in the Texas Bowl. The Orange will play against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Kickoff will be 6 p.m. ET on Friday, December 27th. The game will be televised on ESPN.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected for the Texas Bowl,” said Director of Athletics Darryl Gross. ”This reward for Coach Shafer, his staff and the hard-working student-athletes was earned through desire and dedication in the building of our football program. We look forward to the great experience that awaits all in the Syracuse family in Houston.”
Syracuse will be participating in its third bowl in the last four seasons. They won the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City in 2010 and 2012. It will also be the first time they have played a bowl in Texas since the 1960 Cotton Bowl when they defeated Texas. It will also be the 25th bowl in school history. The Orange have a record of 14-9-1.
Syracuse played Minnesota last season and lost 17-10. It will be the fifth all-time meeting with the Gophers leading 3-1.
“It is great to see an ACC-Big Ten matchup in a terrific bowl game,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer. ”I couldn’t be happier for our senior class to have the opportunity to go to Texas and play a Big Ten school. One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this season is our seniors. They are tough kids who never give in. This is a perfect way for them to end their season and their Syracuse career – playing in their final game in an SU uniform in the Texas Bowl.”
Syracuse fans have to be happy to even be going to a bowl considering the predictions for the season and things looked grim both after the Pitt game and late in the B.C. game. You have to give Coach Shafer and his staff credit. This team accomplished a lot with very spotty production out of the quarterback position.
It will be interesting to see how many tickets the University sells. There were many critics after the Pitt game when the Carrier Dome was barely half full. Texas and decent weather might attract fans and alumni even if it is for the lone reason to get out of central New York.
Do you think SU will sell their allotment of tickets? Will you be going