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Houston and Harris County celebrate Baylor in Texas Bowl

by Louis Ojeda Jr.

HOUSTON - Not since the 1994 Alamo Bowl have the Baylor Bears played football game in late December, and the City of Houston and Harris County are celebrating the program's appearance in Wednesday's Texas Bowl.

Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker declared Wednesday "Baylor Day," while Harris County Judge Ed Emmett declared it "Baylor Bears 2010 Texas Bowl Day" in the community. Both say Baylor University brings honor to Houston, Harris County and the state of Texas.

With a win over the Illinois Fighting Illini in Reliant Stadium, the Bears will have its first post-season win since the 1992 Sun Bowl. Baylor lost in its last bowl appearance 16 years ago, falling 10-3 to Washington State in the 1994 Alamo Bowl.

The Mayor's and Judge's proclamations will be presented by former Texas Gov. Mark White, BBA ‘62, JD ‘65, and Judge Jennifer Elrod, BA ‘88, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, prior to the game.

The Texas Bowl can be seen on ESPN at 5 p.m.

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