2014 Liberty Bowl, West Virginia vs. Texas A&M: Date, time, location and more
One of college football’s oldest bowl games recently upped the ante with agreements to host Big 12 and SEC schools each season.
Believe it or not, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has been around since 1959, making it one of the longest consecutively running bowl games in the country. After featuring tie-ins with Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference at times over the last 15 years or so, the Liberty Bowl recently struck up a deal to host a Big 12 and SEC team each season. That will certainly make for an exciting game and should lead to a pretty solid crowd turnout given Memphis’ proximity to both conferences.
Here is all you need to know about this year’s game, which will feature a points-filled matchup of West Virginia and Texas A&M:
Date and time: Monday, Dec. 29th, 2014, 2 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Stadium: Liberty Bowl; 61,008
Last year’s score: Mississippi State 44, Rice 7
Last year’s attendance: 57,846
Last year’s TV rating: 1.3
Last year’s payout for each school: $1.2 million
Team with the most all-time appearances: Seven teams have appeared seven times.
Team with the most all-time wins: Ole Miss, 4
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4 Big 12)
Being one of the nation’s better five-loss teams isn’t exactly the kind of honor a team looks forward to, but West Virginia looked like a potential playoff contender through October. The Mountaineers lost close games to Alabama and Oklahoma (we thought the Sooners were good at the time), with convincing wins against Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Then came November, and three straight losses for the Mountaineers. After a one-point win against TCU, West Virginia was blown out by Texas and lost a close one to Kansas State. A win over Iowa State in the regular season finale ensured a winning record, but that’s not much comfort after how the season began.
Last bowl game: 2012 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse, 38-14 loss
All-time bowl record: 14-18
Head coach’s bowl record: Dana Holgorsen, 1-1
Texas A&M Aggies (7-5, 3-5 SEC)
A late September overtime win over Arkansas turned out to be all that separated the Aggies from a last-place finish in the loaded SEC West. It didn’t look like the season would start that way. Texas A&M beat then-No. 9 (now 6-6) South Carolina to open the year, setting expectations high for this years squad. They won their first five games of the year, including that overtime win against the Razorbacks, to set themselves up in position for a playoff bid.
Then, October struck. Texas A&M lost all three games in that month, falling to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama by multiple touchdowns. The loss to the Tide was the most humiliating — the Aggies lost 59-0 — but they were able to respond with two straight wins, including one over Auburn.
After starting quarterback Kenny Hill was suspended, Texas A&M switched to freshman Kyle Allen. He started the last four games of the season, going 2-2 with nine touchdowns against four interceptions.
Last bowl game: 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Duke, 52-48 win
All-time bowl record:16-19
Head coach’s bowl record:Kevin Sumlin, 3-1