Sunday, December 9th, 2001
OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS TO BATTLE|IN 66th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSICIt will be “Boomer Sooner” versus “Pig Sooie” in Big D. The crimson and cream of Oklahoma will clash with the cardinal and white of Arkansas at the 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day.
Fred McClure, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, extended the invitation Sunday afternoon to Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. OU is making its first trip to the SBC Cotton Bowl after accepting the Cotton Bowl’s invitation on Dec. 3.
“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,” McClure said. “By bringing Oklahoma and Arkansas together, both with the most passionate of fans, we expect this year’s Cotton Bowl to be a Classic to remember.”
Arkansas, winner of its last six-of-seven games to close the regular season, comes to Dallas with a 7-4 overall record and a 4-4 conference mark. The Razorbacks are no strangers to the SBC Cotton Bowl, having last played in the Classic two years ago. Arkansas handed Texas a 27-6 setback to open the new Millennium. The Razorbacks have a 3-5-1 record at the Cotton Bowl and first played in the Classic in 1947.
This year’s Classic will mark the 15th meeting between Oklahoma and Arkansas. The series dates back all the way to 1899, but the Sooners and Razorbacks have not met since the 1987 Orange Bowl. Oklahoma’s Spencer Tillman rushed for two touchdowns and the Sooner offence amassed 366 rushing yards en route to a 42-8 victory.
Oklahoma, college football’s defending national champion, enters the game with a 10-2 record overall and a 6-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Sooners are ranked 10th in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and Associated Press polls.
The SBC Cotton Bowl ticket office, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, will accept orders by phone (888-792-2695) as long as tickets are available. Mastercard, Visa and Discover are accepted. Ticket requests may also be made through the Oklahoma and Arkansas athletic departments.