Gerhart has had a magnificent year, leading the nation in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns.
The senior multi-sport star, who also plays baseball and led the Cardinal to an 11-run ninth inning in a 2008 College World Series game against Florida State, has racked up 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns on 311 carries this year.
His long was a 61-yard touchdown in a rivalry game against Cal a month ago.
So the Sooners will get a chance to stop one of the nation's best running backs.
Also, OU will get yet another chance to get off the bowl schnide.
Ironically, the last time OU won a bowl contest was against a Pac-10 team, Oregon, in the Holiday Bowl back in 2005.
"Yeah, you know, I think the last three or four bowl games we lost," said OU junior running back DeMarco Murray. "You know, with my class, I think we're 0-3, but, you know, this is going to be another tough match for us. We're just looking to erase all the losses and finally get a victory."
Something else that makes this matchup intriguing is the simple fact that, considering the season the Sooners have had, they are playing a ranked team in a much higher-profile matchup as opposed to a perhaps lesser opponent like the 6-6 Michigan State Spartans, who placed sixth in the Big Ten.
"You can say that," Murray said. "You know, if anything, in the Pac-10 this year did pretty well. I think they beat Oregon, so just listening to some of the coaches, they were the best two teams. I heard Coach Stoops stay that—Coach Stoops' brother is actually at Arizona—so just looking at the team, there are a lot of good teams down there, so it's a pretty good matchup."
So, the Sooners get a chance at knocking off a quality-opponent with this year's Heisman runner up in an intriguing Sun Bowl matchup.