Stanford to Meet Oklahoma in Brut Sun Bowl

Dec. 6, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. -- The Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) will meet the Oklahoma Sooners (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) in the 76th Annual Brut Sun Bowl on December 31st in El Paso, Texas.

Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. PT and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.

Stanford, ranked 19th by AP and 21st in the USA Today Coaches poll, is making its 21st bowl appearance in program history and its first since 2001, when the Cardinal participated in the Seattle Bowl. It also marks Stanford’s third appearance in the Sun Bowl, where it defeated Louisiana State, 24-14 in 1977 and Michigan State, 38-0 in 1996.

Oklahoma will be making its 43rd bowl appearance overall and its third trip to the Sun Bowl after winning the 1981 and ’93 games.

The 2009 Sun Bowl will mark the fifth meeting between Stanford and Oklahoma. The two schools met four times during a seven-year period from 1978-84, with the Sooners holding a 1-3 advantage in four previous meetings. The Sooners posted a 35-29 victory at Stanford Stadium in 1978 with the Cardinal coming back two years later to score a 31-14 upset victory over fourth-ranked Oklahoma in Norman. The Sooners also posted victories in 1983 (27-14) and 1984 (19-7).

'Our players, coaches and staff are truly honored to accept the Sun Bowl Committee's invitation. Stanford Football is privileged to join the proud tradition of the Sun Bowl and the wonderful people of El Paso,” said the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. “We move forward with humble hearts, unwavering focus and relentless preparation.'

“Stanford University is very proud to be representing the Pacific 10 Conference in the Brut Sun Bowl,” said Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. “This bowl has a rich tradition and I have personally enjoyed several visits to El Paso and the Sun Bowl.  We are very excited to be participating in the game with Oklahoma. Coach Stoops and his staff do an exceptional job with their football program and we look forward to the competition.  I want to offer my congratulations to Coach Harbaugh, his staff and our football team, especially our seniors, on completing an excellent season. They have all worked hard and are truly deserving of playing in this prestigious bowl game”.

Tickets are priced at $15, $20, $30, $40, $50 and $60 and can be purchased on-line at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office, on-line at GoStanford.com, ticket@sunbowl.org, www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster outlet. For more ticket information, please call 1-800-STANFORD, 915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL.

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