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Northwest Accepts Bid to Inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl

November 14, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A 13-year bowl drought is over.

Northwest Mississippi Community College has accepted a bid to play in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Kickoff is set for noon.

The game will be regionally televised on CW-8 from Bryan-College Station, broadcast on KZNE 1150-AM radio and also streamed online at www.iHigh.com.

"Being able to play in a bowl is such a big honor for our players and coaching staff," athletic director Cameron Blount said. "What better way to get back into the bowl picture after a long layoff but to play in a bowl like this in a stadium like Kyle Field. We're really excited for this opportunity. This is something you work for in order to get your name back out on the national scene."

Kyle Field has been the home to the Texas A&M Aggie football team in rudimentary form since 1904, and as a complete stadium since 1927. It is known as The Home of the 12th Man and has a stated capacity of 82,589 – the13th largest stadium in the NCAA.

The 13th-ranked Rangers (7-2) will meet 11th-ranked Kilgore College (8-2) for a third time in the postseason, with the team's splitting the last two meetings in 1965 and 1989 at the Shrine Bowl.

"We are very proud to showcase the talents of two teams that have not only been elite this season, but bring their own storied histories and traditions to our first-year bowl game, " selection committee chairman Hunter Goodwin said. "We believe the Brazos Valley Bowl will be a tremendous showcase for both of these colleges, who have once again proven themselves among the very best two-year college football programs in the nation."

Both schools will participate in community events in the days prior to the game.

This will mark Northwest's ninth appearance in a bowl game and first since a 41-3 loss to Middle Georgia at the Mineral Water Bowl in 1998. The Rangers are 3-4-1 all-time in bowls and are seeking their first win since a 34-0 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma in the 1992 NJCAA National Championship.

General admission tickets are $5 while 18-and-under are free and college students are free with ID.

The Brazos Valley Bowl was the result of Blinn's partnerships with community leaders aimed at boosting economic activity in the region during the historically sluggish month of December. Initial funding for the bowl game was provided by the City of College Station through Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

To learn more about the Brazos Valley Bowl visit the website at www.brazosvalleybowl.com.

Northwest's All-Time Bowl History:
1998 Mineral Water Bowl – L, 41-3 to Middle Georgia
1992 Mid-America Bowl – W, 34-0 over Northeastern Oklahoma
1991 Mid-America Bowl – L, 49-21 to Northeastern Oklahoma|
1989 Shrine Bowl – W, 31-27 over Kilgore College
1987 Jayhawk Bowl – L, 29-21 to Coffeyville
1986 Roaring Ranger Bowl – T, 13-13 with Ranger
1982 East Bowl – W, 16-9 over Ferrum
1965 Shrine Bowl – L, 21-20 to Kilgore College

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