Lone Star Conference co-champion Tarleton State will face Ouachita Baptist of the Great American Conference in the 2013 NCAA Division II intersectional matchup in the second game of a doubleheader Dec. 7 at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove.
The C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl selection committee announced the teams Wednesday and set kickoff for 6:30 p.m.
Tarleton State is 7-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while Ouachita Baptist finished third in the GAC with a 7-3 record. This will be the fourth meeting between the teams and first since 1994, with OBU holding a 2-1 lead in the series.
“We are excited about the opportunity to continue to play,” Texans head coach Cary Fowler said. “The Heart of Texas Bowl gives us an opportunity to play a very good team in Ouachita Baptist University. I am excited that we have three weeks to practice our young team and continue to develop our young talent.”
Both teams have homegrown talent on their rosters. Suiting up for Tarleton State will be junior defensive end Andre Allen (Ellison), Le’Nard Meyers (Gatesville) and junior linebacker Ben Katzemeyer (Florence). Junior linebacker Gerald Warner, of Killeen, plays for Ouachita Baptist.
“We’re excited to be invited to the Heart of Texas Bowl,” Ouachita Baptist head coach Todd Knight said. “We know it’s got a great 13-year history with the junior college games and now the NCAA (game). It’s a great connection between our two conferences and we know Tarleton is a great team.”
Ticket prices will be $20 for adults and $10 for students, with a limited number of complimentary tickets available at area Bush’s Chicken restaurants and the Copperas Cove High School athletic annex.