Tuesday, December 10th, 2002
LSU AND TEXAS TO BATTLE IN 67th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSICDALLAS Ð Bevo versus Gumbo. Texans against Cajuns. “The Eyes of Texas” or “The Eye of the Tiger”. Forty years to the day after their last meeting, the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers will renew their rivalry where they left off Ð at the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day.
Fin Ewing, III, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, extended the invitation Sunday afternoon to LSU head coach Nick Saban and Texas head coach Mack Brown.
“The SBC Cotton Bowl is thrilled to bring two of the nation’s most prominent football programs to Dallas to play in one of the most storied bowls in America,” Ewing said. “With LSU, Texas and their passionate fans, we expect the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl will be a Classic to remember.”
LSU, co-champions of the Southeastern Conference Western Division, comes to Dallas with an 8-4 overall record and 5-3 conference mark. The Tigers, ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, are 2-0-1 in the three previous Classic appearances. LSU has not competed in the SBC Cotton Bowl since shocking unbeaten Arkansas, 14-7, on New Year’s Day, 1966.
In the 1963 Classic, LSU Coach Charles McClendon upset another unbeaten, as the Tigers knocked off Texas, 13-0. Four decades later, the Longhorns will be looking for revenge in a series that dates back to 1896. Texas holds an 8-7-1 series advantage.
Texas, co-champions of the Big 12 South Division, enters the game with a 10-2 record overall and a 6-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Longhorns are ranked ninth in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and the Associated Press polls.
The Longhorns will be making their 22nd appearance in the Classic, an SBC Cotton Bowl record. Texas has a 10-10-1 record at the Cotton Bowl, last appearing on Jan. 1, 2000, in a 27-6 setback to Arkansas.
All tickets are priced at $75 each. Ticket requests are to be made through the Texas and LSU athletic departments, although LSU has sold out of its allotment. Texas fans should contact the Longhorn Ticket Office at (800) 982-BEVO or go to www.texasboxoffice.com for remaining tickets. General tickets sold through the SBC Cotton Bowl office are sold out.