Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Not to be confused with Heart of Dallas Classic.
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Fair Park
Dallas, Texas
Operated 2011–present
Conference tie-ins Big Ten vs. Big 12 (2013)
Big Ten vs. C-USA (2014)
Pac 12 vs. C-USA (2015)
Payout US$1.2 million
TicketCity (2011–2012)
PlainsCapital Bank (2013)
Zaxby's (2014–present)
Former names
Dallas Football Classic (2011, working title)
TicketCity Bowl (2011–2012)
Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank (2013–Jan 2014)
2014 matchup
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech 35–18)
2015 matchup
Washington vs. Southern Miss (Washington 44–31)

The 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.[1] 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 after the 2013 season event; Zaxby's became the primary sponsor in time for the 2014-15 season.[2]


The game was tentatively called the Dallas Football Classic until TicketCity, an online reseller of sports and entertainment tickets, agreed to be the title game's first title sponsor.[3]

The Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference in the inaugural game.


Main article: Cotton Bowl (stadium)
2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl banner over the Cotton Bowl entrance

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 stadium also served as the original home of Dallas' first, ill-fated National Football League franchise in 1952. Later, and far more successfully, the NFL'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. The American Football League's Dallas Texans likewise began play at the Cotton Bowl in 1960, but were unable to compete successfully financially with Cowboys and after only three money-losing seasons moved to Kansas City, where they became quite successful on and off the field as the Kansas City Chiefs.


The Heart of Dallas Bowl has tie-ins with the Big Ten Conference, the Big 12 Conference, and Conference USA.

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 moved to a late December date beginning with the 2014 season.

Season Tie-ins Notes
2010 Big Ten Big 12
2011 C-USA
2012 Big 12
2013 C-USA

Game results[edit]

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
December 26, 2015 Washington 44 Southern Miss 31 20,229 notes


Year MVP Team Position
2011 Taylor Potts Texas Tech QB
2012 Case Keenum Houston QB
2013 Clint Chelf Oklahoma State QB
2014 (Jan.) Derek Thompson North Texas QB
2014 (Dec.) Houston Bates Louisiana Tech LB
2015 Myles Gaskin Washington RB

Appearances by Team[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Houston 1 1–0
T1 Louisiana Tech 1 1–0
T1 North Texas 1 1–0
T1 Oklahoma State 1 1–0
T1 Texas Tech 1 1–0
T1 Southern Miss 1 0-1
T1 Washington 1 1-0
T1 Illinois 1 0–1
T1 Northwestern 1 0–1
T1 Penn State 1 0–1
T1 Purdue 1 0–1
T1 UNLV 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
C-USA 3 1 .750
Big 12 2 0 1.000
Pac 12 1 0 1.000
MWC 0 1 .000
Big Ten 0 4 0.000

Game records[edit]

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most Points Scored 58, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (58-14) 2013
Fewest Points Allowed 14, North Texas vs. UNLV (36-14; tied with 2 others) 2014 (Jan.)
First Downs 34, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern 2011
Rushing Yards 229, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech 2011
Passing Yards 532, Houston vs. Penn State 2012
Total Yards 600, Houston vs. Penn State (532 pass, 68 rush) 2012
Individual Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Total Offense 542, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (532 pass, 10 rush) 2012
Rushing Yards 181, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss. (26 att., 4 TD) 2015
Rushing TDs 4, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss. 2015
Passing Yards 532, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (45-69, 3 TD) 2012
Passing TDs 4, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern 2011
Receptions 12, Justin Johnson, Houston vs. Penn State (148 yds, 1 TD) 2012
Receiving Yards 228, Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State (10 rec., 2 TD) 2012
Receiving TDs 2, Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State (tied with 1 other) 2012
Field Goals 3, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (tied with 1 other) 2013
Tackles 15, Quentin Davie, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech 2011
Sacks 4.5, Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (32 yards) 2014 (Dec.)
Interceptions 2, Nick Saenz, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (2 yards) 2012
Long Plays Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown Run 86, Eric Stephens, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (tied with 1 other) 2011
Touchdown Pass 80, Cody Sokol to Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois 2014 (Dec.)
Kickoff Return 49, Marcus Sullivan, UNLV vs. North Texas 2014 (Jan.)
Punt Return 64, Josh Steward, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue 2013
Interception Return 69, Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (TD) 2014 (Dec.)
Fumble Return 37, Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (TD) 2013
Punt 65, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue 2013
Field Goal 50, Matt Hogan, Houston vs. Penn State 2012

Note: Only the most recent year shown.


ESPNU has had coverage of the first two games.

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