"We are excited about the opportunity to play in the Alamo Bowl against a great Oregon State team," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "I've known (Oregon State head coach) Mike (Riley) for a long time, have tremendous respect for him and am looking forward to a great game.
"The Alamo Bowl folks do a great job, and we had a wonderful experience in the 2006 game against Iowa," Brown said. "It's such a great opportunity for all our families and high school coaches to easily get to the game. We have a tremendous fan base in San Antonio as well, so we know that the game week will be fun, guys will enjoy themselves and the Alamodome will be packed and full of energy on game day."
Of course, regardless of which bowl the team makes, there's the benefit of being able to have 15 extra practice sessions.
"Playing in a bowl game is such a valuable experience for a young team," Brown said. "The extra practices are critical in the development of our program, and it's a chance to get that ninth win and to finish the year on a good note. We're looking forward to getting back to work, preparing for Oregon State and playing our best game of the season on Dec. 29."
And Texas senior safety Kenny Vaccaro pointed out that the games themselves shouldn't be taken for granted.
"A couple of years ago we didn't get to do that, so you can't take these opportunities for granted," Vaccaro said. "It's going to be [like] a home game. I think a lot of people's families will get to go the game and will enjoy seeing their kids play in their last game, as far as the 2012 season. I know all my family will be there, and it will be exciting.
"I think they have great offenses in the Pac-12, and I think it will be a great challenge for the defense, and the offense, too," Vaccaro added about Oregon State.
For sophomore running back Malcolm Brown, the bowl selection means going home again. Brown played his high school football at Cibolo Steele, in the San Antonio area.
"I will definitely be looking forward to it," Brown said. "I know a lot of friends and family are going to be there for me, and we have a couple other guys from San Antonio also on the team. It's going to be a great family atmosphere for us, and anybody else who lives here in Texas, I know their families will be there also."
Brown said he thought Texas fans would turn out in droves, especially with so much on the line. With so few seniors on this year's team, the Longhorns need a strong performance to take into the offseason.
"We want to send these seniors out right with a win, and we want to create that momentum going into spring ball and then the next season for us younger guys," Brown said. "Playing in a bowl game, like I said, we just want to take these seniors out right, get them a win before they leave us. Just for us younger guys we want to focus in on that game, prepare, and take that momentum to the next season."