Texas Bowl canceled due to TCU’s COVID-19 outbreak

Thursday night’s Texas Bowl contest between Arkansas and TCU was canceled Tuesday due to COVID-19 concerns within the Horned Frogs’ program.

The game between the Razorbacks (3-7) and Horned Frogs (6-4) had been scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve at NRG Stadium in Houston.

“While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” Texas Bowl executive director David Fletcher said. “We appreciate everyone’s support, including our new title sponsor, Mercari.”

TCU, Gary Patterson
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Arkansas will finish its season with a four-game losing streak, capped by a 52-3 loss against No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 12. This would have been the Razorbacks’ first bowl appearance since a 35-24 loss to Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, 2016.

TCU won its last three games and five of its last six, including a 29-22 victory against then-No. 15 Oklahoma State on Dec. 5. The Horned Frogs are 11-6 in bowl games under head coach Gary Patterson, including a 10-7 defeat of Cal in their most recent postseason appearance at the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26, 2018.

The Texas Bowl is the 18th to be canceled so far due to COVID-19 issues.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)