By Michael Sudhalter
The West Texas-based school, known partially for its cowboy culture, lost to LSU in the Rodeo Bowl at George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond.
The annual event is one of the festivities leading up to the Texas Bowl, a college football bowl game at NRG Stadium in Houston that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
During that decade, the Texas Bowl raised more than $1 million for DePelchin Children’s Center.
The Tigers eked out a victory in the Rodeo Bowl by winning the hay-tossing contest, but the actual Texas Bowl was less competitive with LSU rolling to a 56-27 victory behind sophomore running back Leonard Fournette’s five touchdowns.
Other events featured a calf scramble, dancing and a variation of barrel racing.
Most of the competitors were backups and walk-ons, because head coaches Les Miles (LSU) and Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) didn’t want to risk injury for their starters.
Former Houston Texans return specialist J.J. Moses served as the master of ceremonies for the event, and the teams tossed bean bags and roasted marshmallows before he competition begin.
Sports Illustrated rated the Rodeo Bowl as the best pre-bowl event out of events in 30+ college football bowl games.
After the Tigers won the Rodeo Bowl, the teams broke bread together over a meal of hearty barbecue.