Baylor has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, which will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9:15 p.m. CT at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. ESPN will televise the contest to a national audience.
Baylor will play in a program-record seventh straight bowl and face Mountain West member Boise State (10-2, 6-2) in the contest.
“I am very pleased that our football team, and especially our seniors, will end the season by playing in a bowl for a program record seventh-straight year,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “This is a great reward for their hard work and dedication, and we look forward to playing a strong Boise State team in the Cactus Bowl.”
The Bears opened the season with six consecutive wins, before losing their final six contests to notch a record of 6-6 overall and a 3-6 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
Boise State is receiving votes in the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches polls, after only losing at Wyoming (30-28 and Air Force (27-20) and winning their remaining 10 games by an average of18.2 points.
Baylor is allotted 6,000 tickets for the 2016 Cactus Bowl. The tickets, which are priced from $35-$140 each, may be purchased by Baylor Bear Foundation members and 2016 season ticket holders online at www.BaylorBears.com/tickets, by calling the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or in person at the Ferrell Center box office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bear Foundation members and season ticket holders must place their orders by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6.
If any tickets remain from the Baylor allotment, they will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, on a first-come, first-served basis.
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BAYLOR FOOTBALL BOWL NOTES
• Baylor is playing in a bowl game for a seventh straight season for the first time in school history.
• Baylor earned its second-ever Cactus Bowl berth (first appearance was in the 1991 Copper Bowl – since 1989 the game has changed names five times).
• Baylor is 11-11 all-time in bowl games and 0-0 under head coach Jim Grobe.
• Baylor is 0-3 all-time in the state of Arizona and 0-2 in bowl games in the Grand Canyon State.
• Baylor’s other two bowl games in the state included: 1991 Copper Bowl (24-0 loss to Indiana) and 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (52-42 loss to UCF).
• Baylor’s last non-bowl and only other game in the state was a 34-13 loss at Arizona State in 1990.
• Baylor and Boise State will meet for the first time.
• Baylor is 16-4 all-time against current Mountain West Conference members.
• Baylor is 1-0 against current MWC members in bowl games with a win against Utah State, 24-9, in the 1961 Gotham Bowl.
• Baylor last played a current Mountain West school on Sept. 14, 2002 – a 22-0 loss at New Mexico.
• Baylor has won 56 games over the past 5-plus years, as well as 2 Big 12 titles and 3 bowl games.
• In the last 55 games Baylor has just 13 losses, 7 to top 15-ranked teams and 8 away from home.
• Baylor is 7-2 in the month of December since 2011.
• Baylor has won 7 of its last 10 neutral-site games.
• Baylor has won 19 of its last 28 games played outside of Waco.
• Baylor’s offense has the most 50-point games in the FBS since 2013 with 18.
• Baylor has topped 500 yards of offense 57 times in 77 games since 2011, which leads the nation.
• Baylor has topped 400 yards of offense 72 times in 77 games since 2011, which is tied with Oregon for tops in the nation.
• Baylor is the most successful team in Texas since 2011 with a win percentage of .727 (56-21).
QUICK FACTS ABOUT CACTUS BOWL
• Originally titled the Copper Bowl, the game was born in Tucson, Ariz., in 1989.
• The bowl moved to Phoenix from 2000-05, Tempe from 2006-14 and back to Phoenix in 2015 (game will be played at Chase Field, home of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks since 1998).
• In the College Football Playoff era, the bowl will match teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences.
• Big 12 teams have competed in the bowl on 14 previous occasions with an 11-3 record.
• West Virginia defeated Arizona State, 43-42, in last year’s Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.