Stanford and Oklahoma Meet in 76th Brut Sun Bowl
Dec. 18, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) and the Oklahoma Sooners (7-5, 5-3 Big 12 South) will meet in the 76th Brut Sun Bowl on December 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. PT and the game will be televised nationally on CBS. Stanford is making its 21st bowl appearance and first since the 2001 Seattle Bowl. The Sooners will be making their 43rd bowl appearance and 11th under head coach Bob Stoops.
The 2009 Brut Sun Bowl will be carried live on CBS, with Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlien (analyst) and Sam Ryan (sidelines) calling the action.
The Sun Bowl will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. The game will also be carried on the SportsUSA Radio Network with Dan Fouts and John Robinson calling the action. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast the Sun Bowl live with David Lombardi calling the action.
Stanford and Oklahoma have met four times previously, with the all four of the meetings coming in a seven-year span between 1978 and 1984. The Sooners lead the series, 3-1, winning games in 1978 (35-29) and 1983 at Stanford (27-14) and 1984 in Norman (19-7), Stanford’s lone win in the series came in 1980, when an unranked Cardinal team upset the fourth-ranked Sooners, 31-14 in Norman. Stanford is 9-9 against teams from the Big 12 Conference. Stanford last faced a Big 12 teams in its 1999 season-opener, falling to Texas, 69-17 in Austin.
- Stanford closed the regular season with an 8-4 overall mark and a 6-3 in the Pac-10 Conference...won four out of its last five games, including a 45-38 triumph over Notre Dame in the season finale...marks the program’s first winning season since 2001.
- Are ranked 19th in the latest AP poll and check in at No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll...were ranked as high as 14th/17th following its 55-21 win at USC on Nov. 14.
- Stanford’s eight wins are the most since the 2001 team finished with a 9-3 overall mark...the Cardinal’s six conference victories are its most since finishing 6-2 in the 2001 Pac-10 race.
- Are making its 21st bowl appearance and first since falling to Georgia Tech, 24-14 in the 2001 Seattle Bowl...are 9-10-1 in previous bowl games...last bowl game victory came in the 1996 Sun Bowl, where the Cardinal blanked Michigan State, 36-0...have participated in 12 Rose Bowls, two Sun Bowls and made one appearance each at the Bluebonnett, Gator, Aloha, Blockbuster, Liberty and Seattle Bowls.
- Are averaging 36.2 points a game this season, which ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference and 10th nationally...have scored a school single-season record 434 points, breaking the previous school record of 409 points set in 1999.
- Scored 50 or more points in consectutive wins over seventh-ranked Oregon (51) and 11th-ranked USC (55)...marked just the second time in school history Stanford had scored 50 points in consectutive games.
- Rank first in the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in total offense with a 444.1 per game average...established a new single-season record for total offense yards (5,297).
- Rank second in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 224.3 yards a game...rushed for a school single-season record 2,692 yards, breaking the old mark of 2,481 set in 1949.
- Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally in rushing with a 144.7 per game average...recorded his sixth straight, 100-yard game against Notre Dame, finishing with 205 yards on 29 carries...is averaging 185.5 yards a game (742 total) over his last four contests against against Oregon (223), USC (178), Cal (136) and Notre Dame (205).
- Gerhart leads the nation with 26 rushing touchdowns, which is a school and Pac-10 single-season record...he also leads the nation in scoring, averaging 13.33 points a game.
- Rank first in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally in time of possession, controlling the clock for an average of 32:21 per game.
- Stanford has allowed just 0.50 sacks per game this season, which is the second fewest in the country behind Boise State (0.38).