Oklahoma Baptist, UT Permian Basin to face December 4 in the Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl | New
CORSIANA – History could be written as two offenses with a propensity to score on the board meet at the 2021 Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl.
UT Permian Basin (5-5) scored the most points in a Lone Star Conference team game this fall in a 75-0 non-conference victory over Lincoln (Calif.), While the The Great American Conference’s Oklahoma Baptist University (7-4) has had six games of 40 or more points, including four of five in the home stretch, all in wins.
The Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl record for combined points in a game? 69.
Kick-off between UTPB and OBU is scheduled for December 4 at noon at Community National Bank & Trust Stadium. It will once again be broadcast to millions of homes across the United States by Princeton Media.
This game will be the fourth in bowl history, as last year’s tilt was canceled when Division II football moved to a spring schedule due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. In the original 2017 game, dubbed Corsicana Bowl, Central Oklahoma defeated Tarleton State, 38-31, to establish that score.
In the final installment – the first as the Heritage Bowl, in 2019, eastern New Mexico claimed a 20-13 victory over southern Arkansas.
UTPB, of Odessa, started the season 4-1, including a 42-31 victory over West Texas A&M, who finished tied for second in the LSC. This is the only loss during this period against FCS Abilene Christian. The Falcons played one of the toughest schedules in the LSC on the home stretch, facing Angelo State, the former Texas A & M-Commerce national champion and the Midwestern State conference champion on the road.
âIt’s exciting for our guys to be able to play beyond the regular season,â said UTPB head coach Justin Carrigan, now in his sixth season at the helm of the Falcons. âI can’t wait to spend a few more weeks with the guys, especially the seniors. “
Hailing from Shawnee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist was impressive with his seven wins, including a 43-37 against a Southeastern Oklahoma State team that finished 8-3. His losses included one against Harding, who finished 10-1 and is the second seed in Region 3 of the DII playoffs. The other two came to Henderson State and Ouachita, who both finished 9-2 in the ultra-competitive GAC.
âThis opportunity is a big blessing to our program,â said Oklahoma Baptist head coach Chris Jensen. “We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Bowl for extending an invitation to participate in their game and hope to represent Oklahoma Baptist University and the Great American Conference in the best possible way.”
The game itself continues to develop, giving Corsica and north-central Texas a chance to see some top-level football action.
Fun Town RV, one of the nation’s largest RV dealers, partnered with the Heritage Bowl this summer. The motorhome giant adds a store in Corsica and is the official motorhome dealer of the Dallas Cowboys and WinStar World Casino.
The move to national television in 2019 opened the game to audiences across the country. This year’s play-by-play will be directed by Texas Sports Hall of Fame member Tom Franklin.
The teams will meet Thursday night for the Heritage Bowl Fun Town RV Banquet at Navarro College. On Friday, the teams will meet on campuses across Corsica for âFist-Bump Fridayâ, during which they will welcome students to school.
In addition, the two teams will participate in a cheering rally downtown on Friday evening.
Tickets for the Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl game are available at Heritagebowl.org.
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www.heritagebowl.org (Twitter: @HeritageBowl, Facebook: Heritagebowlcorsicana)