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  • Writer's pictureMark Schlabach

Who Plays in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl This Year? Teams, Date, Schedule

Houston, TX – As we celebrate the season of giving, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is gearing up for a gridiron clash of gratitude on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023, at 8: 30 PM CST. This year, the courageous Rice Owls take to Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas where they meet up with passionate opponent from San Marcos, the brave Bobcats of Stephen F. Austin and who will win huge bragging rights as well as a trophy going out to our venerable first responders?

More than just a football game, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is an opportunity to honor our heroes who work every day behind-the-scenes and on front lines. This year's matchup will present an athletic spectacle soaked in the enthusiasm of both teams and a warm admiration for first responders who unfailingly offer their sweat, tears.

Rice Owls Fans, Rejoice!

Under Head Coach Mike Bloomgren, the Owls are revved up and ready for an electrifying run at the postseason. Quarterback Taylor McElrath with his powerful aerial arsenal and running back AJ Turner's explosive ground game can result in an offensive blast. Squaring off to stop the Bobcat offensive charge will be Rice's stout defense, featuring linebackers Blaze Jefferson and Deontay Anderson.

Texas State Bobcats: Ready to Rumble!

Under head coach G.J. Kinne, the Bobcats look forward to showing that they are more than just a ragged bunch of misfits on Cinderella Island. The quarterback-wide receiver pair of Tyler Vujnovich and Jahon Barnes present a serious threat to the Owls' secondary. Behind linebacker Bryan London and defensive back Tavita Pritchard, Texas State's defense will aim to slow Rice ' s offensive tempo.

A Game for the Heroes:

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is a testament to the undaunted heroism of our first responders. During the game we will pay tribute to their courage and martyrdom, recognizing stories of heroism in this series that are relevant even today. Proceeds from the event will go to first responder organizations, making sure these true heroes have continued assistance.

Don't Miss a Beat!

Whether you're a die-hard supporter of the Owls or Bobcats, or just want to salute our hometown heroes who keep us all safe at home and abroad--this bowl game is not one that can be missed. Pick up your tickets, find a comfortable seat and get set for some gridiron action that is driven by gratitude but spiced with fierce competition.

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