The Rice Owls are headed to the Liberty Bowl, and they could not be more excited.
A longtime college football doormat, the Owls knocked off Marshall to claim the Conference USA championship on Saturday, their first outright league title since 1957. A Liberty Bowl representative visited the team after the game to extend an invitation to take on Mississippi State in Memphis on New Year’s Eve, setting off a raucous celebration in the Rice locker room.
The Liberty is hardly a marquee bowl game and probably didn’t elicit nearly as jubilant a reaction from the Mississippi State players, but don’t expect us to knock Rice’s enthusiasm. After all, this is a team that snapped a 45-year bowl drought just seven years ago and is currently enjoying only the third 10-win season in the program’s 112-year history.
Party on, Owls.
Check out the celebration in the video below.