For the second consecutive year, Texas will head to the Valero Alamo Bowl. And for the second straight year, the Longhorns will have an opponent from the the Beaver State. This time, however, it's not the Beavers who will line up across from the 'Horns.
Sunday, Texas (8-4, 7-2 Big 12) accepted an invitation to take on Oregon (10-2, 6-2 Pac-12) in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl, which will kick off at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be televised on ESPN.
“We are so excited to be playing Oregon,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “Great challenge, (Oregon coach) Mark (Helfrich) has done a tremendous job and we can’t wait to get down there because we know it is a tremendous challenge to be representing the Big 12.”
Texas and Oregon have met six times across their history, including a 35-30 Duck win in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. This is Texas's third appearance in the Alamo Bowl with wins in both 2006 and 2012. Last year's game featured a 31-27 come-from behind victory over Oregon State.
Texas will make its 52nd bowl appearance, the second-best mark in NCAA history, and the 15th bowl in Brown's 16-year career in Austin. Texas has won 10 of its 14 bowls under Brown, including nine of its last 11.
“Being that the University has been in the second-most bowl games ever, you need to win your last game regardless of where you are coaching and that is something all of our guys are aware of,” Brown said. “They really enjoy playing in bowl games and it gives you a chance to get out of the box; playing Oregon State last year and playing Iowa earlier in the decade, and now having the chance to play Oregon that is as good as anybody in the country."
It doesn't hurt that bowl eligibility also prepares teams for next season.
"It gives you a month to prepare, you do a lot of stuff for spring practice, you are working on your team for the future, and at the same time you have one last game for your seniors," Brown said. "We talked about Senior Night being at home but really and truly your Senior Night is the bowl game.”
Oregon ranks third nationally in scoring offense at 46.8 points per game, and second in total yards at 573.0 yards per game, thanks largely to Marcus Mariota, who spent most of the year as a top Heisman candidate.
But the Ducks will also bring a defense to San Antonio, with the Ducks ranking 25th nationally in scoring defense.
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