Video: Rice Owls’ celebration over Liberty Bowl invite is heartwarming

Lost in the mix of the big-time money and high-profile bowl games are the little guys playing for the love of the game. Most of Rice’s football team won’t go on to the NFL, so a game like the Liberty Bowl is their Super Bowl.

Following Rice’s 41-24 win over Marshall in the Conference USA title game, the Owls were addressed by a Liberty Bowl representative in the locker room, who formally invited the team to Memphis. As the representative extends the offer to Coach David Bailiff, you can hear the players yelling at their coach to “say yes!”

This video from the celebration is a heartwarming moment that shows the better side of collegiate athletics.

Rice will play Mississippi State on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

[Thanks to Reddit user combibo for the touching hat tip]