Oklahoma Sooners set to square off against Aggies in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 4.
-- The University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M University have both accepted invitations to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. CT at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The game will mark the initial bowl meeting between the two schools and the second time Oklahoma has competed in the Cotton Bowl. FOX will televise the contest to a national audience.
The Sooners will make their 46th bowl appearance, earning their 14th straight bowl bid under head coach Bob Stoops, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. The Sooners have an all-time bowl record of 27-17-1
. Oklahoma has won three straight bowl games under Stoops and is seeking to tie a school record with a fourth consecutive bowl victory.
No. 12 Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1) claimed a share
of the Big 12 Conference championship, registering its eighth Big 12 title under Stoops. The Sooners' two losses on the season came at the hands of teams with a combined 23-1 record - AP No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) and AP No. 7 Kansas State (11-1).
No. 10 Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) tied for second with LSU in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference standings. The Aggies' two losses came by a combined eight points against conference foes with a combined 21-3 record. Texas A&M suffered a 20-17 setback vs. Florida on Sept. 8 and a 24-19 loss vs. LSU on Oct. 20.
"The University of Oklahoma is honored to represent the Big 12 Conference in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic," said OU vice president and director of athletics, Joe Castiglione. "The Cotton Bowl possesses a rich history and has a stellar reputation for providing a spectacular experience for student-athletes. The Sooners are excited to compete in this game once again. Our fans and team will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity."
A win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic would give Oklahoma a final record of 11-2 and would mark the 10th time that the Sooners have posted 11 or more victories during Stoops' 14-year tenure.
The Sooners claimed a 10-3 victory vs. Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2002, as OU limited the Razorbacks to a mere 50 yards of total offense in the game in Oklahoma's only previous Cotton Bowl appearance.
"Our players are enthusiastic about winning another Big 12 Championship look forward to competing against Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic," said Stoops. "The Cotton Bowl has long been a marquee postseason destination, and we're excited about being selected to play there a second time. Cowboys Stadium is a great venue, and I know Sooner fans will be excited to make the trip to support us."
Tickets for the Sooners' AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic match-up vs. Texas A&M are now available only to University of Oklahoma football season-ticket holders through noon on Monday. Season-ticket holders must log onto their account online
to place an order. All available tickets are priced at $140. All orders will be allocated later this week in priority point order within annual giving levels. The OU ticket office is open Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. to accept phone orders at (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424.
The Sooners own an 11-2 record against Texas A&M under Stoops, including wins in eight of the last nine meetings. Oklahoma registered a 41-25 win in its most recent victory against the Aggies in Norman on Nov. 5, 2011. The Sooners hold a 19-11 all-time record against the Aggies in a series that dates back to 1903.
The Aggies are led by head coach Kevin Sumlin who spent five seasons at Oklahoma serving as an assistant under Stoops, serving as both the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach (2006-07) and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach (2003-05) for the Sooners.
"This is such an exciting matchup for us. Texas A&M has enjoyed a tremendous season," said Tommy Bain, chairman, AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. "Potentially, the Aggies could bring the Heisman Trophy back to our game for the first time in 14 years with quarterback Johnny Manziel. Of course, when you talk about college football's most storied programs, Oklahoma tops the list. The Sooners have won seven national championships, five Heisman Trophies and five Outland Trophies.
"However, to me, the most exciting aspect of this game is the special friendship that exists between the two head coaches. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin spent five seasons on the OU coaching staff under Bob Stoops. It's going to be fun getting them back together at this year's Classic."
Rick Baker, president and Fin Ewing, the team selection chairman for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic echoed Bain's comments.
"Every time I stood at the chalkboard to jot down dream matchups in the last couple weeks, this game between the Aggies and the Sooners kept coming up," Baker said. "Yes, I was dreaming and I had no idea that it might happen. However, when things began to fall just right, we jumped at the opportunity. Needless to say, we are ecstatic to put this game together. It's going to be a fun month of preparation for an outstanding week leading up to our 77th game. We can't wait to get started."
"We hit the ball out of the park again with this matchup," Ewing said. "You never know what might happen on selection day. Obviously, we have two great teams that are sure to pack the stadium. Both the Aggies and Sooners have won five games in a row to get here and they have played in some of the most exciting games of the college football season. The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl is truly a blockbuster matchup."