The Moore American

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December 5, 2012

Northern Illinois knocks OU out of BCS bowl game

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MOORE —

The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will pit the Sooners against the Aggies for the first time in the postseason. It will also be Texas A&M’s first meeting with a Big 12 team since it left the league for the SEC over the summer.

The Cotton Bowl was thrilled with the teams it received.

“We hit a home run today,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said in a statement. “When our Team Selection Committee met for the first time a few weeks ago, we circled this matchup as the one we most wanted, and the cards fell in our favor today.”

OU beat Arkansas, 10-3, to cap the 2001 season in its first Cotton Bowl appearance.

The Aggies are making their first appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl as a member of the SEC. Texas A&M last appeared in the game in 2011, losing to LSU, 41-24.

“Our football team is excited to play another game against a storied program such as Oklahoma,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said in statement. “We have been led all year by a great group of seniors and to be rewarded with a great experience like the Cotton Bowl is something they will cherish. Plenty of their family and friends will be able to watch them play as well, and the hospitality is second to none.”

Sumlin, who was an assistant coach at OU from 2004-07, will face the Sooners for the first time.

It’s a great matchup, but one the Sooners or few others didn’t see materializing until the components of the BCS formula started coming out Sunday afternoon.

Several losses on Friday night and Saturday night opened the door for the Huskies and slammed it shut on the Sooners.

Northern Illinois beat Kent State, which was No. 17 in the BCS standings, on Friday. Also, UCLA, which had been No. 16 in the standings, lost to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game.

The last piece of the puzzle was Nebraska, which had been No. 12 in the BCS standings, getting demolished by Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday.

Nebraska finished 16th in the BCS standings. UCLA was No. 17.

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