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Texas Tech to Play Mississippi State in Liberty Bowl

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Kansas

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been selected to play in the Liberty Bowl game against Mississippi State, meaning the Red Raiders will be reunited with Mike Leach for one game.

The Red Raiders finished with a 6-6 record to become bowl eligible. Despite ending the season with four losses in five games, their one upset win over Iowa State allowed them to reach bowl eligibility. Tech can thank their 3-0 non-conference record, which included a victory over Houston.

However it was an interesting season in Lubbock, as Texas Tech ultimately fired head coach Matt Wells and has since replaced him with Joey McGuire. Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is going to lead the team in the bowl game, despite the fact that he’s going to be the next head coach at Louisiana Tech.


This is Texas Tech’s first bowl game since they played in the Birmingham Bowl after the 2017 season, which they lost 38-34 to South Florida. Tech won four bowl games in a row from 2010 to 2013, but have lost their last two bowl appearances.

Mississippi State (7-5) will be making its 25th bowl appearance overall, including a current streak of 12 straight. The Bulldogs are one of only eight programs in the country that have gone to 12 consecutive bowls. They join Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M as the only Southeastern Conference schools to accomplish that feat.

The Liberty Bowl between Texas Tech and Mississippi State will kick off at 5:45 time on Dec. 28.

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