Cardinal, Sooners To Square Off In The 76th Annual Brut Sun Bowl
|Landry Jones • Oklahoma
|Toby Gerhart • Stanford
EL PASO, Texas (December 6, 2009) - The University of Oklahoma and
Stanford University have both accepted invitations to play in the 76th annual
Brut Sun Bowl , announced Sun Bowl Association football committee chairman John
H. Folmer. The game will pit the Sooners
and the No. 19 Cardinal on Thursday, Dec. 31 at noon (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
"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 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."
Stanford (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) finished tied for second in the Pac-10
Conference and is the only school to beat league champion Oregon. This is
Stanford's third appearance in El Paso, after winning the 1977 and 1996 Sun
"Our players, coaches and staff are truly honored to accept the
Sun Bowl Committee's invitation," said Harbaugh. "Stanford football is privileged
to join the proud tradition of the Sun Bowl and the wonderful people of El
Paso. We move forward with humble hearts, unwavering focus and relentless
Oklahoma (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) finished tied for third in the Big 12
Conference South Division after upending intrastate rival Oklahoma State, 27-0,
in the annual Bedlam Game. This is Oklahoma's third appearance in the Sun Bowl,
after winning the 1981 and 1993 Sun Bowls.
"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."
The 2009 Brut Sun Bowl will mark the fifth time these two teams
have meet, but the first time in 25 years. Oklahoma holds a 3-1 lead in the
all-time series that spanned from 1978 to 1984.
"We are excited about the matchup and what it means to El Paso,"
said Bernie Olivas, executive director of the Sun Bowl Association. "Stanford
has really caught the nation's attention and Oklahoma is one the nation's
premier programs. This should make for an exciting matchup."
Stanford is led by senior running back Toby Gerhart, who leads the
nation in total rushing yards with 1,736 yards and scoring with 26 rushing
touchdowns. Gerhart is the ninth national rushing yardage leader to participate
in the Brut Sun Bowl. Others include LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), Barry Sanders
(Oklahoma State), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Bob Gaiters (New Mexico State),
Pervis Atkins (New Mexico State), Jim Crawford (Wyoming), Fred Wendt (UTEP) and
Rudy "Little Doc" Mobley (Hardin-Simmons).
Stanford's offense is averaging 441.4 yards per game, which ranks
13th nationally. The Cardinal offense is paced by freshman quarterback Andrew
Luck, a native of Houston, who is averaging 244.1 yards per game of total
offense. Luck's primary targets are Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu.
"Stanford University is very proud to be representing the Pacific-10
Conference in the Brut Sun Bowl," said Stanford athletic director 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."
Oklahoma is led by freshman quarterback Landry Jones, a native of
Artesia, N.M., who is averaging 244.5 yards per game of total offense. The
Sooners rank 28th nationally in total offense, averaging 419.4 yards per game.
Oklahoma is paced on the ground by the running back tandem of DeMarco Murray
(61.6 yards per game) and Chris Brown (58.6 yards per game). Ryan Broyles paces
the Sooner receiving corps with 87.6 yards per game, while racking up 142.3
all-purpose yards an outing.
The Sooner defense ranks seventh nationally in total defense
(273.5 yards), scoring defense (13.5 points) and rushing defense (88.58).
Linebacker Travis Lewis has anchored the defense this year with 100 tackles,
while Jeremy Beal has 11 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss this season.
"The Sun Bowl is a game rich in tradition
and we appreciate the opportunity to play there. It is known for its
first-class treatment of fans and teams. The renovated Sun Bowl Stadium
is a scenic place to watch. The setting is picturesque and something our
fans will enjoy," said Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. "Stanford
had an outstanding season and we appreciate the quality of their program."
Stanford will be making its 22nd bowl appearance and its first
since 2001. The Cardinal are 9-10-1 (.452) in bowl games. This is Oklahoma's
43rd overall bowl appearance and 11th straight under Stoops. The Sooners are 24-17-1
(.600) in bowl games.
The 76th Annual Brut Sun Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 31
at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 42nd consecutive
year, which is the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl
game. Ticket prices for the game are $15, $20, $30, $40, $50 and $60. Tickets
can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416, 800-915-BOWL
), online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster
|Tale of the Tape
||Per Game Averages
|Oklahoma Sun Bowl Appearances
||December 26, 1981
|Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
||December 24, 1993
|Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10
Sun Bowl Appearances
||December 31, 1977
|Stanford 24, LSU 14
||December 31, 1996
|Stanford 38, Michigan State 0