There were a lot of unique firsts in the initial TicketCity Bowl game between Texas Tech and Northwestern played on New Year's Day.
To kick it off, take the kick-off which, at 11 a.m. on January 1, signaled the start of the first football game of 2011. It was also the first meeting between Northwestern and Texas Tech.
But even months prior to game day, the inaugural TicketCity Bowl organizers realized the potential enthusiasm of the first college bowl game to be played in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium since the Cotton Bowl game itself moved to the Cowboys Stadium.
In a game filled with scoring and offense, the first one to 40 points came out victorious as Texas Tech held on for a 45-38 victory after leading by 18 points at halftime and by a score of 38-17 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The combined 83 points goes to the top of the list for most combined points scored in Cotton Bowl Stadium bowl history.
The TicketCity Bowl victory also marked Texas Tech's first bowl victory in Cotton Bowl Stadium after having lost its previous four bowl games at that venue.
The game's MVP, Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, was the first QB in Cotton Bowl Stadium bowl history to complete more than 37 passes. His record-setting 43 pass completions (in 56 attempts) were also the most completions by any quarterback in any of the 2010 season's 35 college bowl games.
Pott's four passing touchdowns put him in a tie for first on the list of most touchdowns passing in Cotton Bowl Stadium bowl history. Also atop that list are Miami's Craig Erickson (1991 vs Texas) and fellow Red Raider Graham Harrell (vs Ole Miss in 2009) who also had four passing touchdowns.
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Overall, the inaugural TicketCity Bowl is sure to be the first in a line of future exciting New Year's Day bowl games to be played in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium