TEXARKANA, Ark. (HardingSports.com) – At a press conference on Wednesday, the Live United Texarkana Bowl organizers announced that Harding University, out of the Great American Conference will face Texas A&M-Commerce from the Lone Star Conference. The inaugural game will be played at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark.
The Bisons ended the regular season with an 8-2 record. They turned in back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time in program history. They finished ranked third in the country in rushing yards per game at 366.0. When they do throw the ball, the Bisons' 22.72 yards per pass completion leads Division II.
The Bisons will be making third third appearance in a postseason bowl game and their first since playing in the San Jacinto Shrine Bowl in Pasadena, Texas, in 1976. Harding won the 1972 Cowboy Bowl, played in Lawton, Okla., a 30-27 victory over Langston.
Texas A&M-Commerce went through a major turnaround by posting a 7-4 record. In the previous three years, the Lions had just five victories. Under first-year head coach, Colby Carthel, the Lions beat a pair of ranked teams as well as a Division I opponent. Their scoring average of 37.9 points per game currently ranks as the highest point per game average in program history.
The Bisons and Lions have met three times between 1995 and 2001. Texas A&M-Commerce owns a 3-0 record on those contests. Both teams faced Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Okla., during the regular season. Harding scored a 42-10 victory while Texas A&M-Commerce survived a late rally to claim a 31-29 win.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Fans can visit TexarkanaBowl.com for more information. Profits made above the expenses will benefit the United Way of Texarkana.