Texas State Bobcats Pounce on First Bowl Game Against Rice Owls in Dallas Showdown

Texas State Bobcats Pounce on First Bowl Game Against Rice Owls in Dallas ShowdownSource: Texas State University
Natalie Petrovich
Published on December 04, 2023

Huddle up, sports fans, because the Texas State Bobcats are set to claw their way into the history books. Making their inaugural bowl appearance, the Bobcats will lock horns with the Rice University Owls in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. Come December 26, Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas will play host to a Texas-sized showdown, marking the first confrontation between these two squads since 1987—a game that saw Rice clinch victory with a 38-28 score, as reported by FOX 7 Austin.

The Bobcats, galvanized by a regular-season finale triumph against Georgia Southern, are bringing a 7-5 record to the bowl after coming up empty for postseason play despite being bowl-eligible back in 2014. They'll be prowling the turf close to home, as Dallas is a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from the freshly bowl-eligible furballs. Meanwhile, the Owls, perched at a balanced 6-6 on the season, are angling to snatch their first bowl win since their 2014 victory dance in Hawaii, according to KXAN.

In the individual accolade department, Texas State's Ismail Mahdi is charging onto the gridiron as the nation's leader in all-purpose yardage, having blazed through the FBS regular season with a combustible combination of rushing, receiving, and kick return yards that burned opponents to a crisp. "Ismail Mahdi finished the FBS regular season as the nation's leader in all-purpose yardage with 1,209 rushing, 276 receiving, and 529 kick return yards to average 167.83 yards per game," as per KXAN

What's a game without its fans? Those wanting to get in on the action can snag their tickets from TXST.com and FirstResponderBowl.com, while first responders can claim complimentary tickets courtesy of the bowl's corporate partners—a touchdown gesture for those who serve with valor. These tickets will go on the offensive starting Sunday evening, ensuring that everyone who's anyone will cheer on as these historical adversaries reignite their rivalry in what's sure to be a sizzler of a game, in accord with FOX 7 Austin.