IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington, Texas will host its first college football
game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 when the University of Oklahoma and Brigham Young
University take the field to start the 2009 season. The Labor Day weekend contest will
kickoff in prime time and be televised on ABC or ESPN as part of the second annual
ESPN Kickoff Week presented by Gillette - featuring extensive college football content
across multiple ESPN outlets during the first week of the season.
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Oklahoma and BYU are two of just seven teams to have at least 32 victories over the
past three seasons. The Sooners are 34-7 over that span entering Thursday's national
championship game, while the Cougars are 32-7. Oklahoma finished the 2008 regular
season ranked No. 1 in the final BCS standing, while BYU was 16th.
"We are excited to host such strong traditional college football programs as those at the
University of Oklahoma and Brigham Young University in our first-ever college football
game at our new stadium," said Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry
Jones. "I don't think there is a better place than Texas to celebrate the kickoff of the
2009 college football season, and I don't think you will find a better stadium for watching
that football action than our new home in Arlington."
"We are delighted to present this compelling game and impressive new venue to a
national audience, and look forward to working with Jerry Jones and the Dallas
Cowboys in future years to build a new tradition in college football," said George
Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports.
The history and tradition of college football is alive and well on the campuses of these
two institutions. The schools have combined to capture eight National Championships,
65 conference titles and made 60 bowl game appearances. They have combined to
produce six Heisman Trophy winners, seven Outland Trophy winners and seven Davey
O'Brien Award winners in their history.
This will be just the second meeting between the two schools. The only other time
these two met was the 1994 Copper Bowl in Tucson, Ariz. where BYU claimed a 31-6
"The Cowboys have achieved amazing stature in our area and we are flattered that
Jerry Jones and his organization would include our program in this way," Oklahoma
head coach Bob Stoops said. "We understand that the stadium is a showplace so it is
an honor to play the first college game there, and I know the thousands of alumni and
fans we have in the Metroplex will be excited to support Oklahoma in another game
there. In bringing in BYU, the game will feature two schools with great traditions. We
also appreciate the work done by ESPN in presenting this opportunity and working so
hard to not only make the game happen, but also to televise it to the nation."
BYU is a member of the Mountain West Conference and is also quite familiar with the
State of Texas, having played in the area against conference foe TCU two of the past
three seasons. The Cougars also finished off a 14-1 season in 1996 with a 19-15
victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.
"We appreciate the unique opportunity of being part of the first college game played in
the new home of the Dallas Cowboys," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
"Given the strong football traditions of Oklahoma, BYU and the Dallas Cowboys, it's a
fitting matchup and a perfect venue for what should be a great football game."
This game is the first in a five-year agreement between the Dallas Cowboys and ESPN
to bring an outstanding college football game to the club's new stadium each year
during the Labor Day holiday weekend that kicks off the college football season. ESPN
will own the television broadcast and game day entitlement rights. They will also be
responsible for arranging the game match-ups in consultation with the Cowboys. The
Cowboys will handle all game operations and ticket sales for the events.
Details on the exact kickoff time and ticket information for the game will be released at a