Sooners, Stanford To Splash Down in Sun Bowl

Sooners ExaminerContributor IDecember 6, 2009

The Oklahoma Sooners (7-5) will square off against No. 19 Stanford Cardinal (8-4) at high noon (MST) on New Year's Eve in the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl.

Sunday, the unranked Sooners accepted the invitation from the fragrant El Paso, TX bowl.  The highly-anticipated match-up of Big 12 and Pac 10 programs will be the first since 1984 and fifth in history. Oklahoma leads the series, 3-1.

The game will be televised nationally by CBS.  It will be the 76th Sun Bowl.

Oklahoma will cap a disappointing season with its 43rd bowl appearance.  While the final destination is the Sun Bowl, it wasn't the type of sun in which Oklahoma wanted to shine.

"We appreciate the invitation from the Brut Sun Bowl and are anxious to make the trip to El Paso. We look forward to a number of our fans being there as well," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "In Stanford we are facing a fine program. Like many others, we have been impressed by the job Coach Harbaugh and his team have done this season and we understand the quality of the opponent we'll be facing."

Stanford, for its part, will be making the 21st bowl appearance in program history and first since 2001.

"Stanford football is privileged to join the proud tradition of the Sun Bowl and the wonderful people of El Paso," Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh said in a news release. "We move forward with humble hearts, unwavering focus and relentless preparation."

"We are excited to invite Stanford University, which has one of the hottest head coaches in the nation in Jim Harbaugh and one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy in Toby Gerhart," said Sun Bowl Association football committee chairman John H. Folmer. "On the other side, how can you ever go wrong with Oklahoma? Everybody in college football would die for an opportunity to have a dynamic head coach like Bob Stoops and Oklahoma play in their bowl game."

The Cardinal are 9-10-1 (.452) in bowl games. This is Oklahoma's 11th straight postseason game under Stoops. The Sooners are 24-17-1 (.600) in such games. 

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