NORMAN — The Oklahoma football team is heading to El Paso. Sunday, the Sooners accepted a bid to play in the Sun Bowl, where they’ll take on No. 24-ranked Stanford at noon Dec. 31, sources told The Oklahoman.
The Cardinal (8-4) boasts one of the top players in college football in running back Toby Gerhart, who leads the nation with 1,726 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. Over his last four games, Gerhart has ran for almost 750 yards and 13 touchdowns, propelling him to the top of many Heisman Trophy watch lists. For the Sooners, it’s their first trip to the Sun Bowl since 1993. That year, OU hammered Texas Tech, 41-10. The Sooners also went to the Sun Bowl in 1981 and defeated Houston, 40-14. This will be the fifth ever meeting between OU and Stanford, but the first time the two schools have met since 1984. OU owns a 3-1 advantage in the series, but Stanford’s lone win coming in 1980 was a painful one for the Sooners. Behind quarterback John Elway, the Cardinal jumped to a 31-0 lead and held on for a 31-14 victory to end OU’s 20-game home-winning streak. The Alamo Bowl, which picks a spot ahead of the Sun, considered taking OU, which has never played in the Alamo before, a source told The Oklahoman. But because Texas Tech hammered the Sooners just two weeks ago and finished with a better overall record, the Alamo decided to select the Red Raiders.