Texas won't have to travel far this bowl season and will face Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The Longhorns (8-4) take on the Beavers (9-3) at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome. UT finished third in the Big 12 at 5-4. OSU went 6-3 in the Pac 12 and finished third in the North division.
Texas appeared headed to the Cotton Bowl until Oklahoma was left out of the BCS mix. The Sooners fell out of the BCS picture and into the Cotton Bowl, sending the Longhorns to the Alamo Bowl.
"I'm just excited to go back to a bowl," senior safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "A couple of years ago [in 2010] we didn't get to do that, so you can't take these opportunities for granted."
The Longhorns also played in the Alamo Bowl in 2006, beating Iowa 26-24. UT has won eight of its last 10 bowl games, including last season's 21-10 win over California in the Holiday Bowl.
"Playing in a bowl game is such a valuable experience for a young team," coach Mack 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."
Oregon State is 15th nationally in passing offense with an average of 316.5 yards per game. Two of the OSU's three defeats came against ranked opponents. The Beavers started the year 6-0 but went 3-3 over their final six games.
Texas is 2-0 all-time against Oregon State. UT won 61-16 in 1987 and 35-0 in 1980, with both games played in Austin.
The Longhorns are No. 23 in the BCS standings, while Oregon State is No. 13. Texas is 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
By Austin Laymance/Special to the Star-Telegram