The Oklahoma Sooners have accepted an invitation to face Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 4th. 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 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."
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.
"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 Oklahoma Coach Bob 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."
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.
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.
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