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Horns Headed Back to Alamo Bowl
Updated: Sunday, December 8 2013, 10:18 PM CST
The University of Texas has accepted an invitation to be the Big 12 Conference representative in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl and will face the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference on Monday, Dec. 30 at 5:45 p.m. Central in San Antonio.
The game will be played at the Alamodome and be televised on ESPN.
“We are so excited to be playing Oregon,” said head coach Mack Brown. “Great challenge, (Oregon head 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.”
This will be the sixth meeting between the Longhorns (8-4, 7-2) and the No. 10/12 Ducks (10-2, 6-2), including the second time in the postseason. Oregon downed Texas, 35-30, in the 2000 Holiday Bowl.
“We didn’t finish the way we wanted to but we are going to go back to work and get after these guys because these guys are like Baylor, they can score fast and they do a tremendous job,” said Brown. “They have been one of the best football teams in the country for the past four years.”
This will be the Horns’ third appearance in the Alamo Bowl’s 21-year history. They defeated Iowa, 26-24, in 2006 and knocked off Oregon State, 31-27, in a thriller last season.
Texas will be making its 52nd all-time bowl appearance (second in NCAA history), including 15th in head coach Mack Brown’s 16 years. The Horns have won nine of their last 11 bowls and have a 10-4 record under Brown who has directed his teams to 21 bowls in the last 22 seasons, which is tied for the most in the nation with Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech over that stretch.
“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,” said Brown. “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 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. We talked about Senior Night being at home but really and truly your Senior Night is the bowl game.”
Oregon enters the game with a high-powered offensive attack. The Ducks rank third nationally in scoring offense (46.8 points per game) and second in totals yards (573.0 pg). QB Marcus Mariota ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency (167.9 rating) and ninth in total offense (332.8 per game).
Oregon is allowing just 21.6 points per game which ranks No. 25 in the nation.
The Longhorns rank 36th nationally in rushing offense (197.6 yards per game) with running back Malcolm Brown having averaged 101.6 yards per game over the last seven contests. Jaxon Shipley leads the team with 55 receptions, while Mike Davis has a team-high 715 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat leads a Texas defense which is tied for fifth nationally in sacks (3.08 per game). Jeffcoat is tied for third in the FBS with 1.0 sack per game, while Cedric Reed is tied for 23rd (0.8 per game). Jeffcoat also leads the team in tackles (80) and tackles for loss (21).
Lou Groza Award finalist Anthony Fera leads the special teams, having connected on 20-of-22 field goals and averaged 40.6 yards per punt on the year.
Tickets for the Valero Alamo Bowl can be requested through www.TexasSports.com. Fans may also call the UT Athletics Ticket Office at 512/471-3333 or 800/982-BEVO if you have any questions. The Athletics Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.
• Texas will be facing a Pac-12 (formerly Pac-10) team for the eighth time in its last 13 bowl trips.
• Texas now has 52 all-time bowl appearances which trails just Alabama (60) on the NCAA all-time list. Nebraska is third with 50. UT has a record of 7-22-2 (.549), including 10-4 (.714) during the Mack Brown era. The 10 wins are the most by any UT coach (Darrell K Royal is second with eight).
• UT had a school-record stretch of 12 straight bowl appearances from 1998-2009, which bettered the previous mark of nine-straight from 1977-85.
• With a 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State in the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Texas won bowl games in five consecutive years for the first time in school history (2004-08 seasons). The Horns did win five straight previously (1963-64, '66, '68-69), but the streak was interrupted by seasons that did not result in a bowl.