The 2008 Texas Bowl was the third edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game was played at 7:00 PM US CST on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. The game, telecast on NFL Network, featured the hometown Rice Owls against the Western Michigan Broncos. The Owls won the game 38-14, which was their first post-season victory since the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic.
The game was televised on the NFL Network for the third year in a row. Fran Charles, Tom Waddle, and Kara Henderson called the action.
| Scoring play
| 1st quarter
|Rice – Chase Clement 26 yard TD run (Clark Fangmeier kick), 5:21
|Rice – Fangmeier 30 yard FG, :22
| 2nd quarter
|Rice – Toren Dixon 6 yard TD pass from Clement (Fangmeier kick), 6:53
|Rice – James Casey 45 yard TD pass from Clement (Fangmeier kick), 1:15
| 3rd quarter
|Rice – Clement 13 yard TD pass from Jarrett Dillard (Fangmeier kick), 6:35
| 4th quarter
|Rice – Dillard 18 yard TD pass from Clement (Fangmeier kick), 9:38
|WMU – Kirk Elsworth 2 yard TD pass from Tim Hiller (John Potter kick), 6:33
|WMU – Schneider Julien 13 yard TD pass from Hiller (Potter kick), 0:25