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Alamo heights: Texas headed to Alamo Bowl to face No. 11 Utah on New Year’s Eve

Posted December 8th, 2019

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How does New Year’s Eve on the Riverwalk sound?

Texas is headed to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio after a 7-5 regular-season finish to face No. 11 Utah, the Pac-12 runner-up that went 11-2. The game is scheduled for Dec. 31 at the Alamodome.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham’s club started the season 3-0 and then lost to USC on Sept. 20. The Utes then ran off eight straight wins to reach the Pac-12 championship game. Oregon defeated Utah 37-15 at Levi’s Stadium last Friday. This will be the Utes’ first appearance in the Alamo Bowl.

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The Longhorns, who learned their bowl destination Sunday, played in the Alamo Bowl twice earlier this decade. In 2012, quarterback David Ash spearheaded a stunning 31-27 comeback win over No. 15 Oregon State. The following year, Texas lost to No. 10 Oregon and future Heisman winner Marcus Mariota.

Few may remember many details from that 30-7 loss that ended the 2013 campaign. But it was the final game in coach Mack Brown’s 16 seasons at Texas. The image of Sally and Mack Brown walking off the field that night is one of the most indelible moments in recent Texas football history.

Texas quarterback David Ash (14) waves to fans as he leaves the field after defeating Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl held in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Texas defeated Oregon State 31-27. Rodolfo Gonzalez / Austin American-Statesman

As a program, Texas has bounced all over the postseason landscape in the last five-plus seasons. The Horns went 1-1 in two Texas Bowl appearances, missed the postseason twice and also won the Sugar Bowl.

The Alamo Bowl has since moved up in the Big 12 pecking order since the last time UT played in the Alamodome. In the Big 12, the league champion automatically goes to the Sugar Bowl if that team is not selected for the College Football Playoff.

If the Big 12 champion does go the CFP, the Big 12 runner-up plays in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma did land fourth in the CFP standings and will face LSU in the Peach Bowl. That meant Baylor will head to New Orleans to face Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

After the Sugar Bowl slot is filled, the Alamo was has the first pick of the remaining Big 12 teams for its game. Then, selections are made by the Camping World, Texas, Liberty and Cheez-It and First Responder Bowls, in that order.

Kickoff of the Alamo Bowl is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $70. The game is broadcast on ESPN.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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