WACO, Texas - Baylor has accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, snapping a 16-year bowl drought for the Bears football program.

"On behalf of Baylor University, President Starr, Coach Briles and our football program, it is a great honor to accept an invitation to participate in the 2010 Texas Bowl," director of athletics Ian McCaw said. "I want to thank Heather Houston, the Texas Bowl committee, Houston Texans and ESPN for this special opportunity. We are very excited about playing in Houston and look forward to Baylor Nation rising up to fill the stands."

Baylor will face Illinois from the Big Ten Conference when the Texas Bowl is played at 5 p.m. CST on Dec. 29. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN.

Baylor (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) became bowl eligible for the first time since the 1995 season when it beat Kansas State on Oct. 23. The Bears followed up that win by going on the road to win at Texas the following weekend, marking the first time Baylor beat Texas in Austin since 1991.

With the win over Texas, Baylor notched its fourth Big 12 win, the most ever for the Bears in the 15-year history of the conference. The victory also propelled the Bears to No. 22 in both national polls, giving Baylor its highest ranking since the 1991 season.

Baylor is allotted 12,000 tickets for the 2010 Texas Bowl. The tickets, which are priced at $75, $65, $60 and $25, may be purchased online at www.BaylorBears.com, by calling the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or in person at the Ferrell Center box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, and sent via express mail on Dec. 20th.

Baylor students may purchase tickets to the 2010 Texas Bowl beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 8th, at 8 a.m., in the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office. Student tickets, which cost $30 each, may be purchased from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Dec. 8-10, or until supplies are exhausted. All student tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Student pick-up instructions will be given at the time of purchase.

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Dec. 28 - Team Luncheon & Press Conference
Dec. 28 - DePelchin Children's Center, Walk Thru & Pep Rally
Dec. 28 - Pep Rally
Dec. 28 - Bears Visit DePelchin Children's Center
Dec. 28 - Press Conference: Art Briles & Ron Zook
Dec. 28 - Press Conference: Robert Griffin III
Dec. 28 - Press Conference: Byron Landor
Dec. 28 - Press Conference: Danny Watkins
Dec. 28 - Proud Parent

Dec. 27 - Rodeo Bowl
Dec. 27 - Practice No. 3
Dec. 27 - Houston Homecoming
Dec. 27 - Robert Griffin III Post-Practice Interview
Dec. 27 - Byron Landor Post-Practice Interview
Dec. 27 - Jay Finley Post-Practice Interview

Dec. 26 - Lucky Strike Bowling Outing
Dec. 26 - Practice at Texans' Practice Facility
Dec. 26 - Bears Go Bowling
Dec. 26 - Briles at KPRC-TV

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Practice
Dec. 25 - Holidays in Houston

Dec. 13 - Rise Up: Texas Bowl TV Spot

Dec. 8 - Art Briles & Ron Zook Press Conference
Dec. 8 - Art Briles & Ron Zook Press Conference

Dec. 5 - Briles, Watkins, Griffin & Landor on Texas Bowl
Dec. 5 - AD Ian McCaw on Texas Bow Invite