Corvallis – The Oregon State University football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 20th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl, Sat., Dec. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. The #13 Beavers (9-3 overall, 6-3 in Pac-12) will play the #23 Texas Longhorns (8-4, 5-4 in Big 12) of the Big 12 Conference at 3:45 p.m. PST (5:45 CST) in a game that will be televised by ESPN
This will be the initial appearance for the Beavers in the Valero Alamo Bowl and the team’s first postseason game since the 2009 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
“It is a tremendous honor for the Beavers to play in such a prestigious bowl game,” head football coach Mike Riley said. “Our team is ecstatic to represent the Pac-12 Conference and Oregon State University in the great state of Texas. We are looking forward to playing a very good Texas Longhorn team and spending part of the Holiday season in San Antonio.”
Oregon State concluded the regular season third in the Pac-12 North after being predicted for last by most preseason prognosticators. OSU played one of the most difficult schedules in the country and posted victories over nationally ranked teams from Wisconsin and UCLA. OSU has been ranked a school record 11 consecutive weeks by the Associated Press and escalated to as high as No. 7 this season in the AP and BCS polls
“This will be a great conclusion to my Beaver career,” senior cornerback Jordan Poyer, a first team All-American and team co-captain said. “I’m excited to play in such a great game and against an outstanding opponent. I know we will represent the Pac-12 Conference and `Beaver Nation’ with class and compete to the best of our abilities.”
The Beavers return to the bowl season having had a successful run this century in the postseason. OSU is 6-2 in bowl games since the 2000 season, including 5-1 with Coach Riley at the helm of the program. The Beavers will be the sixth team from the current Pac-12 Conference to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The current Beaver football team has four players from the state of Texas; safety Peter Ashton (Keller), defensive end Rudolf Fifita (Euless), safety Kendall Hill (La Marque) and running back Storm Woods (Pflugerville). Second-year running backs coach Chris Brasfield is a native of San Antonio and was a wide receiver and return specialist at TCU (1994-95) and UTEP (1991-93). Special teams coordinator Bruce Read was in the same capacity with the Dallas Cowboys (2007-08) as was secondary coach Rod Perry for the Houston Oilers (1996-96). Coach Riley was the only head coach in the brief history of the San Antonio Riders (1991-92) of the World League of American Football where he coached current Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett (QB). Riley still owns a house in nearby Gruene on the banks of the Guadalupe River.