Longhorns Headed South for Winter

For the second consecutive year, Texas will face a Pac-12 team in the Longhorns' bowl game. Sunday, Texas (8-4 overall, 5-4 Big 12) was selected to participate in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12).

The bowl will be played starting at 5:45 p.m. CEN on Dec. 29.

Heading into Saturday, Texas still had (an admittedly long) shot of sliding into the BCS with a win. But the Longhorns' 42-24 loss, combined with more Championship Week craziness, pushed Northern Illinois into the BCS — the Huskies will take on Florida State in the Orange Bowl — and more importantly for the Longhorns, pushed Oklahoma out. The Sooners slid to the Cotton Bowl, long thought to be Texas's landing spot, where they will take on Texas A&M.

And the end result of that shuffling was that Texas fell one more spot in the Big 12 pecking order, to the Alamo Bowl against a strong Oregon State team that started the season 6-0, including a win over Big 10 Champ Wisconsin, before going 3-3 down the stretch. But even that stretch was a bit deceiving. Two of those three losses came by a score or less, including a 20-17 loss at Washington and a 27-23 defeat at Pac-12 champ Stanford. The other loss, by 24 points, came to rival Oregon.

Last year, Texas defeated Pac-12 foe Cal 21-10 in the Holiday Bowl.

Texas Longhorn football season ticket holders can request Valero Alamo Bowl tickets through www.TexasBoxOffice.com. Football season ticket holders and UT students who are Longhorn All Sports Package holders should log in to their online accounts using their Customer Number or email address and password or PIN in order to request their bowl tickets. Only credit cards will be accepted online (MC, Visa, AMEX, Discover).

Fans may 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.

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