At a press conference in the lobby of Wisdom Gym Monday morning, Tarleton head coach Todd Whitten was joined by Tony Taulton to announce that the Texans would take the field one more time in 2017 as a competing member of the first-ever Corsicana Bowl.
"I'd like to thank everyone involved with the Corisciana Bowl," said head coach Todd Whitten. "We are very thankful and extremely honored as a football program to have this great opportunity. I'm very proud of our football team. These young men have worked hard all year to have the opportunity to play in a bowl game."
On Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon in Corsicana, Tarleton (6-5, 4-4 LSC) will meet up with former rival Central Oklahoma (7-4, 7-4 MIAA). The game will be played at Tiger Stadium, which is the home of Corsicana High School and the Navarro Junior College Bulldogs. The stadium holds 10,000 spectators and opened in 2006.
Tarleton has won six games in the second season of Whitten's return and are averaging 29.8 points per game while allowing 26.82. Meanwhile, Central Oklahoma is 7-4 on the season with all their games counting towards the MIAA standings. The Bronchos are coached by Nick Bobeck and won five straight games to end the regular season.
This is the fifth bowl invitation that Tarleton has received in school history and the first since 2013 when the Texans were invited to play in the Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove against Ouachita Baptist. The game would not be played, however, as icy conditions kept the game from being played. The last time Tarleton took the field in a postseason bowl game was the 1986 Sunflower Bowl in Winfield, Kansas and the Texans defeated Benedictine 40-38.
Tickets are available online at CorsicanaBowl.comand will be available at the gate on the day of the game.