Heart of Dallas Bowl
|Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl|
|Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl|
|Conference tie-ins||Big Ten vs. Big 12 (2013)
Big Ten vs. C-USA (2014)
Dallas Football Classic (2011, working title)
TicketCity Bowl (2011–2012)
Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank (2013–Jan 2014)
|North Texas vs. UNLV (36-14)|
|Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech 35–18)|
The Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl (formerly the TicketCity Bowl) is an NCAA post-season college football bowl game. The inaugural game was played on New Year's Day (January 1), 2011, at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. This game physically replaced the Cotton Bowl Classic, which moved from its longtime eponymous home to AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington in 2010. The conferences are scheduled to receive a US $1.2 million payout for the teams' participation.
The bowl's full name is the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl. Zaxby's took over as title sponsor after PlainsCapital Bank withdrew; It was announced that Zaxby's will become the primary sponsor for the 2014-15 season.
The Cotton Bowl stadium opened in 1932. Originally known as the Fair Park Bowl, it is located in Fair Park, site of the State Fair of Texas. Due to the immense crowds that SMU running back Doak Walker drew to the stadium during his college career in the late 1940s, the stadium became known as "The House That Doak Built." The Cotton Bowl Classic called the stadium home from the bowl's inception in 1937 until the 2009 game, after which it moved to what is now AT&T Stadium. The National Football League's Dallas Cowboys called the Cotton Bowl home for 11 years, from the team's formation in 1960 until 1971, when the Cowboys moved to Texas Stadium.
For its first four playings, the Big 12 and C-USA alternated bids with the Big 12 receiving the bid in odd-numbered years and C-USA in even numbered years while the Big Ten was contracted to send a team to all four games. The 2011 game featured Texas Tech of the Big 12, the 2012 game featured Houston of C-USA, the 2013 game featured Oklahoma State of the Big 12, and the 2014 game featured North Texas of C-USA. The Big Ten sent Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue for the first three years. The conference could not fulfill its obligation to the bowl in 2014 as it did not have enough bowl eligible teams, so the selection committee chose an at-large team, UNLV from the Mountain West Conference, to take their place.
Beginning with the 2015 playing, the arrangement will be modified so that a C-USA team plays in all four bowls and the Big Ten and Big 12 alternate.
After having been played on New Year's Day since its inception, the Heart of Dallas Bowl is moving to a late December date beginning with the 2014 season.
|2010||Big Ten||Big 12|
|Date played||Winning team||Losing team||Attendance||Notes|
|January 1, 2011||Texas Tech||45||Northwestern||38||40,121||notes|
|January 2, 2012||Houston||30||Penn State||14||46,817||notes|
|January 1, 2013||Oklahoma State||58||Purdue||14||48,313||notes|
|January 1, 2014||North Texas||36||UNLV||14||38,380||notes|
|December 26, 2014||Louisiana Tech||35||Illinois||18||31,297||notes|
|2011||Taylor Potts||Texas Tech||QB|
|2013||Clint Chelf||Oklahoma State||QB|
|2014 (Jan.)||Derek Thompson||North Texas||QB|
|2014 (Dec.)||Houston Bates||Louisiana Tech||LB|
Appearances by Team
Wins by conference
ESPNU has had coverage of the first two games.